Perhaps the best part of being the mother of the bride or groom is that you’re really there to relax and have a good time. Like the host of a great party, you want to give off a joyous, confident air, which is then absorbed by everyone else. This state of mind starts with the little details: being well-rested, hydrated and comfortable on many levels—fashion, included. It’s no surprise that wearing something you love in any party setting—be it a stunning chiffon gown or a chic cocktail dress—gives you more than a fabulous entrance. It also makes you feel fantastic, in every sense. As wedding season approaches, let this be your guide: Choose from a selection of the best mother-of-the-bride dresses you will truly love to wear.
Some helpful pointers to ensure you find that perfect fit: Shop early—ideally about six to eight months in advance of the date, since you’ll want to have time to try on sizes and make alterations. And on that note, it’s good advice to buy a dress a size larger than you normally wear and have it tailored to fit you exactly. From there, you’ll want to consider the formality of the wedding, the season and the venue—an outdoor beach gathering calls for very different attire than a black-tie situation.
While some old-fashioned wedding traditions are charming, don’t feel obligated to stick to stringent, outdated mother-of-the-bride dress etiquette. For example, it’s fine to wear champagne, rose and cream colors. Also, you don’t need to match your daughter’s or son’s wedding palette exactly—you might want to coordinate general colors and go for solid tones so the group photographs have a cohesive look but beyond that, you should feel free to do your own thing.
What is important: Finding flattering fits and styles in line with your fashion preferences and body type. Ahead, 12 of the best options that combine well-tailored silhouettes, easy-to-wear fabrics and exquisite details at a range of price points.