The Best Mother of the Bride Dresses Available Now

Check out our favorite unique and modern mother of the bride dresses.
by Shelley Brown and Emily Platt
  1. 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.

  2. Bohemian Dress

    Needle & Thread bohemian mother of the bride dress

    When it comes to bohemian mother of the bride dresses, this one may just take the cake—it's beautifully whimsical.

    Needle & Thread women's Lustre gown, $689, Amazon.com

  3. Classic Dress

    Alfred Sung classic mother of the bride dress

    Sometimes, you just want something timeless. Try this classic mother of the bride gown.

    Alfred Sung sateen gown, $229, Nordstrom.com

  4. Off-the-Shoulder Dress

    Vince Camuto velvet off-the-shoulder mother of the bride dress

    Dare to be different with an off-the-shoulder dress in fall- or winter-ready velvet.

    Vince Camuto notch neck velvet off-the-shoulder gown, $248, Nordstrom.com

  5. Sequin Dress

    Badgley Mischka sequin mother of the bride dress

    It's mom's night to shine a little too, so consider silver and gold mother of the bride dresses. This sequined gown will let her do just that.

    Badgley Mischka Night at the Oscars gown, from $120 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

  6. Black Dress

     Xscape black mother of the bride dress

    Redefine the standard black dress with a little shimmer.

    Xscape beaded A-line gown, $298, Nordstrom.com

  7. Lace Dress

     Shoshanna blue lace mother of the bride dress

    This blue cap-sleeved dress is beautifully sophisticated for a formal affair.

    Shoshanna Blue Jessalyn dress, from $40 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

  8. Midi Dress

    Tadashi Shoji tea-length mother of the bride dress

    Some tea-length mother of the bride dresses can feel dated, but definitely not this one. The sheer elements are chic and unexpected (but still totally classy).

    Tadashi Shoji lace midi dress, $378, Nordstrom.com

  9. Floral Dress

    Adrianna Papell floral mother of the bride dress

    Floral mother of the bride dresses are always welcome at spring and summer weddings (or really, a celebration in any season).

    Adrianna Papell Melinda dress, $220, BHLDN.com

  10. Evening Dress

    La Femme evening mother of the bride dress

    A long, embellished gown like this trumpet dress suits a black-tie event.

    La Femme Style 21702 evening dress, price upon request, TheKnot.com

  11. Embroidered Dress

    Jade embroidered mother of the bride dress

    This gown's V-neckline and asymmetrical waistline are ultra flattering.

    Jade Style J195008 dress, prince upon request, TheKnot.com

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