The Best Fall Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses for 2023

You'll look stunning against the autumn foliage.
Three fall mother-of-the-bride dresses for autumn weddings
Photos, left to right: Anthropologie, Phase Eight, Lulus
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Updated Sep 15, 2023
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Fall is quickly approaching, and with it comes wedding season. So, let's talk fall mother-of-the-bride dresses.

Stick with us here, Mom. We know that as we get older, right or wrong, our inner critic gets louder. We still love to shop, but it's harder to find things we love the way we look in, especially if our body has changed. But as your go-to source for all things wedding fashion, we're here to help you find an outfit that you can look good and feel good in. . .And let us spoil the ending by saying there are actually SO many options.

Here, we're breaking down everything you need to know about fall MOB dresses, including all the best fabrics, colors and silhouettes for the season. But more importantly, we've hand selected 18 outfit options that we know both you and your best gal-pal (a.k.a. the bride) will love. For even more style advice, check out our mother-of-the-bride attire guide with answers to your most-asked questions. See, we've got your back, Mom.

In this article…

The Best Fall Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses for 2023

Good news: You can skip the trip to the mall. We've rounded up the best mother-of-the-bride dresses for fall 2023. From black embellished gowns to jewel-toned velvet numbers, you'll be impressed with our range of MOB-worthy styles.

Sachin & Babi Jenny Gown Bordeaux

Wine maxi mother-of-the-bride dress from Sachin & Babi
Photo: Sachin & Babi

Raise a glass—there's plenty of reason to toast to this wine-colored maxi dress. Between its deep V-neckline, long balloon sleeves, and A-line silhouette, it's a stunning choice for your next fall wedding.

Size range: 0 - 22W | Fabric: Satin Crepe | Length: Maxi
Best for: Formal

Lane Bryant 3/4 Sleeve Flounce-Hem Midi Dress

Floral print mother-of-the-bride dress from Lane Bryant
Photo: Lane Bryant

We love a good floral print (especially when it features warm tones). This midi dress is sure to become your go-to style for wedding season and beyond. Available in standard, petite and tall lengths, it checks off all our boxes when it comes to casual wedding attire.

Size range: 12 - 28 | Fabric: Satin | Length: Midi
Best for: Casual

Phase Eight Petite Brielle Bronze Shimmer Maxi Dress

Metallic mother-of-the-bride maxi dress from Phase Eight
Photo: Phase Eight

You'll certainly be dressed to impress in this look. Perfect for moms 5'4" and under, this dress was designed to be maxi length for petites. It features a sheath silhouette and pleated metallic fabric. Not to mention, its rich espresso color gives major fall vibes.

Size range: 2P - 14P | Fabric: Metallic Woven Thread | Length: Maxi
Best for: Cocktail

Amsale Pryce Off-Shoulder Satin Column Gown

Navy satin mother-of-the-bride dress from Amsale
Photo: Anthropologie

Whether you're attending a wedding at a woodsy park or an arboretum, this fall mother-of-the-bride dress is sure to blow guests away. We're totally digging its off-the-shoulder neckline, draped bodice and classic silhouette.

Size range: 0 - 24W | Fabric: Satin | Length: Maxi
Best for: Formal

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Stretch Sequin Gown Cassis

Sequin mother-of-the-bride dress from Adrianna Papell
Photo: Adrianna Papell

For the moms who love the sparkly things in life, this glistening mother-of-the-bride dress is a serious contender. Its rich maroon hue is a beautiful shade for fall, while its bedazzled beaded pattern gives just the little bit of extra that you deserve as a wedding VIP.

Size range: 0 - 26 | Fabric: Mesh Knit | Length: Maxi
Best for: Formal

Jenny Yoo Ellis Flutter-Sleeve Open-Back Stretch Velvet Gown Dark Berry

Velvet mother-of-the-bride dress from Jenny Yoo
Photo: Anthropologie

This mother-of-the-bride dress has fall written all over it (seriously, is there ever a better time to break out the velvets?). Choose from an array of autumn-worthy hues, from Dark Berry and English Rose to Marigold and Sage.

Size range: 0 - 26 | Fabric: Velvet | Length: Maxi
Best for: Formal

Adrianna Papell Floral Sequin Beaded Gown with Three-Quarter Length Sleeves Twilight

Beaded navy mother-of-the-bride dress from Adrianna Papell
Photo: Adrianna Papell

Intricate floral beading adds a sophisticated element to this maxi-length fall mother-of-the-bride dress. Other standout features include a deep V-neck and sheer bell sleeves. Style your outfit with gold or silver jewelry to pop against its dark navy hue.

Size range: 0 - 20 | Length: Maxi
Best for: Formal

ELOQUII Satin Maxi Wrap Dress

Green satin mother-of-the-bride dress from ELOQUII
Photo: ELOQUII

If you're looking for a fall mother-of-the-bride dress that you can rewear, look no further than this holiday-ready emerald maxi. You can dress up its wrap-style silhouette with fine jewelry and heels, or you can dress it down with sandals. Either way you'll make a statement.

Size range: 14 - 32 | Fabric: Satin | Length: Maxi
Best for: Semi-Formal

Reformation Aude Dress

Dark floral mother-of-the-bride dress from Reformation
Photo: Reformation

Looking for a casual mother-of-the-bride dress for an outdoor fall wedding? This plus-size pick can easily be dressed down for a laid-back event. It has a maroon and multicolored floral print, as well as a turtleneck, bishop sleeves and a side leg slit.

Size range: 0 - 24 | Fabric: Georgette | Length: Midi
Best for: Casual

Moon River Chocolate One Shoulder Maxi Dress

Brown one-shoulder midi mother-of-the-bride dress from Tuckernuck
Photo: Tuckernuck

Go ahead Mom, show a little skin. This one-shoulder midi dress is a sexy-yet-sweet option for the next wedding on your calendar. Plus, its deep brown hue is perfect for fall.

Size range: XS - L | Fabric: Satin | Length: Midi
Best for: Semi-Formal

Sachin & Babi Brooke Gown Bella Bouquet

Floral maxi mother-of-the-bride dress from Sachin & Babi
Photo: Sachin & Babi

Talk about enchanting. This floral gown is a striking option for an autumn celebration. From its flattering A-line silhouette, to its warm-toned color scheme, it's safe to say we're in love (and you will be too).

Size range: 0 - 22W | Length: Maxi
Best for: Formal

Teri Jon Off The Shoulder Stretch Velvet Portrait Collar Column Gown

Off-shoulder velvet mother-of-the-bride dress from Teri Jon
Photo: Teri Jon

You certainly won't be getting the cold shoulder in this cozy velvet gown. An off-shoulder neckline, three quarter-length sleeves and a fit-and-flare silhouette make this a festive pick for a formal event.

Size range: 2 - 22 | Fabric: Velvet | Length: Maxi
Best for: Formal

Teri Jon Navy Scuba Gown With Chiffon Cape

Navy mother-of-the-bride dress with cape from Teri Jon
Photo: Teri Jon

A cape is a beautiful way to elevate any silhouette (plus it will keep you cozy during an autumn chill). This navy blue maxi dress features an attached cape and a classic sheath silhouette. Swoon.

Size range: 2 - 22 | Fabric: Nylon, Chiffon | Length: Maxi
Best for: Formal

Lulus Midnight Mood Burgundy Floral Print Tiered Maxi Dress

Burgundy floral mother-of-the-bride dress from Lulus
Photo: Lulus

Maybe you're headed somewhere warm for a wedding this fall. The good news is that you can still rock a festive, seasonal look without overheating. This floral maxi dress, featuring rich hues, will keep you cool and comfortable as you dance the night away.

Size range: XS - XL | Fabric: Chiffon | Length: Maxi
Best for: Semi-Formal

Banana Republic Factory Satin Maxi Shirtdress Adobe Brick

Burnt orange mother-of-the-bride shirt dress from Banana Republic
Photo: Banana Republic

How about a casual dress that's color is reminiscent of pumpkin spice? Available in standard, petite and tall sizes, this burnt orange shirtdress is a quintessential pick for all kinds of fall festivities (a.k.a. you'll be re-wearing it all season long).

Size range: XXSP - XLT | Fabric: Satin | Length: Midi
Best for: Casual

Ann Taylor Floral Jacquard Flutter Sleeve Flare Dress

Wine midi mother-of-the-bride dress from Ann Taylor
Photo: Ann Taylor

Simple and sophisticated, this petite-friendly pick is a classic choice for fall. Its skirt hem falls just below the knee, making it the perfect length for cocktail or casual functions.

Size range: 00P - 22 | Length: Midi
Best for: Casual

Kiyonna Viola Velvet Wrap Dress

Green velvet wrap dress from Kiyonna
Photo: Kiyonna

Velvet for fall? Groundbreaking. We think you'll love this emerald green wrap dress for a fall wedding. Bonus: You'll get plenty of use out of it during the holidays as well.

Size range: 10 - 32 | Fabric: Velvet | Length: Tea
Best for: Semi-Formal

Teri Jon 3/4 Sleeve Belted Taffeta Shirtdress

Belted mother-of-the-bride shirt dress from Teri Jon
Photo: Teri Jon

This knee-length autumn mother-of-the-bride dress is a sleek option for a cocktail dress code event. Crafted from eye-catching taffeta fabric, it boasts a collared neckline, three quarter-length sleeves and a belted waist.

Size range: 2 - 22 | Fabric: Taffeta | Length: Knee-Length
Best for: Cocktail

What to Look for in Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses for Fall

Keep reading for our expert advice on all things fall mother-of-the-bride dresses, including what colors, fabrics and styles are most common for the season.

Fall Dress Colors for the Mother of the Bride

When it comes to fall colors for mother-of-the-bride dresses, the season shifts from summer's bright and light shades to autumn's dark and rich hues. We start to see deep jewel tones (think: sapphire blue, emerald green, citrine yellow and amethyst purple) and wine-inspired colors, like burgundy, merlot, cabernet and chianti. You also can't go wrong with versatile dark shades, including black, navy and green, which are not only great for autumn but can also be worn all year round.

Fall Dress Fabrics for the Mother of the Bride

As temperatures get cooler, fabrics for mother-of-the-bride dresses become thicker. We love the look of sultry velvet gowns, but you also can't go wrong with romantic lace, silky-smooth satin or luxe crepe. If the wedding date lands closer to the end of summertime, like in September or even early October, look for lightweight fabrics with moisture-wicking properties, like cotton or silk. Additionally, fabrics with embroidery or embellishments, such as floral appliques, glittery sequins and fringe, are great ways to achieve a glamorous fall look.

Fall Dress Styles for the Mother of the Bride

For fall MOB attire, expect to see longer skirt hems and sleeves. Dresses with long sleeves, three-quarter sleeves and flutter sleeves are great options, but strapless and sleeveless styles are not completely out of the question. (Plus, you could always pair a sleeveless silhouette with a shawl to stay warm.) Depending on the wedding dress code, venue and climate, you might be able to wear a midi or a knee-length dress. If the fall wedding you're attending requires black-tie or formal attire, look for gowns with more coverage, longer hems and formal fabrics. While cocktail, semi-formal and casual weddings tend to have more flexibility regarding skirt length and styles.

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