Browsing mother of the bride dresses can get overwhelming, but there are definitely ways to help the process along. Before you start shopping (around the six- to eight-month mark), keep in mind your wedding logistics. The formality, season and venue of your wedding should help you and your mom narrow down the options. Look for something that's flattering and fabulous, and don't feel confined to just matronly styles—there are plenty of modern mother of the bride dresses on the market, from off-the-shoulder gowns to sequined numbers. Keep an open dialogue going about what she's looking for in a dress, and be willing to compromise a little. She should feel comfortable and radiant in her dress. After all, this is the perfect opportunity to show off her chic style.
Below, find the best mother of the bride dresses available right now. Want more unique ideas? Nordstrom has other great options in a whole range of sizes. If you'd rather borrow than buy, Rent the Runway is another awesome resource.