Whatever about the groom; the second most important outfit on your wedding day is always the mother of the bride. Often, however, the styles and choices in stores for women over a certain age are pretty limited and operate on the assumption that all mothers want to wear a two-piece ensemble. And if you google 'mother of the bride outfits', the results are outrageously frumpy and dull. My mother, for one, hates to conform to what may be expected of her, and would be just as taken with a sharp, classy jumpsuit or trouser suit as she would with a dress that doesn't scream 'mother of the bride'. Once you've got your dress sorted, and your bridesmaids' ensembles too, you'll be on to the task of helping your mother to feel as gorgeous as she can feel on one of her proudest days.
Here we round up some chic, less-dowdy offerings from the hight street right now, sure to get your mother thinking outside the box.
Lady in red. This dress is the epitome of sophistication. The slight peak of shoulder keeps things fashion forward while the cap sleeve gives a level of comfort around the upper arms.
Summer wedding? No need for shawls and hats and matching jackets. Encourage your mother to make a statement with a bold pattern; a simple fascinator will do the trick in helping this outfit rise to the occasion.
For mums who dream of channeling Amal Clooney's simple style, this jumpsuit is spot on. Imagine it with a navy and white hat or hair piece, and a statement pair of heels? The opposite of fuddy-duddy. We particularly adore the modest neckline.
If she'd prefer to keep her arms under wraps but longs for something to enhance her figure, this Victoria Beckham number is super classy, and incredibly easy to dress up. What's so great about these kinds of outfits is that they can absolutely be worn again, paired with different accessories.
If it's a black tie wedding and floor length gowns are the order of the day, this Escada beauty is a winner. There's nothing more required here than an eye-catching pair of earrings.
For the mother of the bride that gravitates towards a striking colour, this pink option gets our vote. With a hue as bright as this, it's important to keep the rest of the look relatively pared back.
This yellow tube dress is a steal from Zara.
If she prefers to put an ensemble together with perhaps one statement item, this striped skirt is getting nothing but thumbs up from us.
For something a little more floaty, that still accentuates the waistline, this Coast dress would be perfect for mother of the bride. We love the contrast between the black and the feminine silk.