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SPOTLIGHT

14 of the Best Mother of the Bride Dresses of All Time

Wedding Outfit Ideas for Your #1 Fan
BY ALLIX COTT / 05 02 22

"Mom knows best" never rings more true than when it comes to how she dresses for your big day. Since there's no one-size-fits-all for these VIP ladies' unique tastes, what they wear on your wedding day doesn’t have to fit any sort of mold. We could all learn a thing or two about how to marry fashion and function for every style, budget, and size from the 14 best mother of the bride dresses—and mother of the groom outfits too, of course!—we've ever seen. From fashion-forward, to "something blue," to traditional touches and all-out avant-garde, there's no shortage of inspiration on this list of the best mother of the bride dresses and mother of the groom outfits for the grandes dames in your life.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: A ruffled neckline in a sky-blue hue.
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Something Blue

A playful neckline in a sky-blue hue will guarantee an elevated ensemble, no matter the location.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: A garden party floral with a festive feather trim.
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In-Bloom Arrangement

All-over florals in vibrant shades make mom the ideal nod to a garden party vibe. And could that subtle feather hem be any more festive? 

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: A traditional Korean hanbok in a stunning blush pink palette.
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Honorable Ensemble

There's nothing like mom paying tribute to tradition with a celebrated Korean wedding staple, the hanbok, in a blush pink palette.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: A strapless golden gown that lets mom shine.
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Golden Girl

A strapless gold gown lets mom shine without stealing your day-of spotlight.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: An off-the-shoulder neckline and dramatic sleeve make a fashion-forward statement.
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Fashion-Forward

Add volume with a spirited sleeve for the mom who loves a trending detail.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: Elegant cerulean blue with metallic appliqu├ęs and embroidery.
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Classy Color

For undoubted elegance every time, think cerulean with metallic appliqués and embroidery.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: A traditional ensemble in vibrant fuchsia that's worth celebrating.
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Time-Honored Trailblazer

Some of the best mother of the bride dresses reflect a new beginning with an homage to stylish roots.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: A sheer overlay makes a pastel floral gown appropriate for all-seasons.
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Sheer Genius

A sheer overlay is an elegant alternative to sleeves or a strapless silhouette for unpredictable in-between seasons weather.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: A traditional ensemble is the way to both impress and express.
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Cultural Spotlight 

Invite mom to wear traditional clothing from your shared culture to both impress and express.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: A silky jewel-toned gown that's autumnally appropriate.
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Crown Jewel

Mom in a silky fabric and saturated shade makes for a jewel-toned win with an autumnal vibe.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: An art-inspired print always makes a statement.
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Art Enthusiast 

A Matisse-inspired print marries art with avant-garde—a style choice forever at the top of our list for best mother of the bride dresses.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: A bright red gown with floral details is feminine-yet-dramatic.
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Spring Fever

A bright red frock with feminine-yet-dramatic florals is a beloved choice for the start of spring.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: A sleek pop of pink.
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Tickled Pink

A sleek dress in all-pink is the perfect pop-of-color to complement an all-white wedding gown.

Best Mother of the Bride Dresses: A white shirt and pastel floor-length skirt is a classic winner.
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Timeless Triumph

A white shirt and pastel floor-length skirt convey classic style for the mom who opts for elegance above all else.