Dress Up

Finding the best look for mothers of the bride and groom

Zoe Dress by Lula Kate $338, Bella Bridesmaid, Winter Park

The bride will always be the star of the show, as she should be. But as the mother of the bride or groom, you have one of the leading roles on the day of the wedding, and you’ll want to dress the part. Here are a few guidelines to help you look sophisticated, chic and timeless.


  • Begin your search after the bride has found her dress.
  • Allow six months for ordering, arrival and alterations.
  • Your attire should match the formality of the wedding.
  • Coordinate with the mother of the bride or groom.


  • White, cream and ivory are OK, just don’t outshine the bride.
  • Pick a hue that flatters your skin coloring.
  • Black is acceptable.
  • Dress color can complement but doesn’t need to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.


  • Select styles that work well with your body shape.
  • Maintain age-appropriate skirt lengths and necklines.
  • Make sure you can bend, sit and cross your arms and legs comfortably.
  • Accessorize appropriately.


One shoulder chiffon dress with floral detail, $228, David’s Bridal, multiple locations


Jasmine Bridal #J4457; $330, Solutions Bridal, Orlando and Gainesville

Cap sleeve satin dress by David’s Bridal, $129, David’s Bridal, multiple locations

Beekman Dress by 57Grand, $280, Bella Bridesmaid, Winter Park


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