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The Best Mother of the Groom Dresses To Buy Right Now

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by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon assistant editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Assistant Editor, Digital
  • Sarah is an Assistant Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Sep 10, 2020
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As the mother of the groom, you have an important role on the wedding day. Not only will you mingle with loved ones, you'll be by your son's side as he begins married life. You'll have plenty of eyes on you throughout the celebration, which means you need a fabulous outfit. Mother of the groom dress etiquette has changed over the years—now, instead of an outfit that feels conservative or matronly, moms are encouraged to wear a look that shows off their personal style. As you start shopping for mother of the groom dresses, it's important to talk to the mother of the bride and the couple to determine what kind of outfit is best. Keeping an open line of communication will prevent any style mishaps, and it'll help you find an outfit you absolutely love. 

To help, we've outlined everything to know about shopping for mother of the groom wedding dresses. Find exactly what kind of outfit you should be looking for, as well as the best retailers to find mom-worthy wedding outfits. And, for even more inspiration, we've rounded the best mother of the groom dresses that you can purchase right on the spot. 

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What to Look For in a Mother of the Groom Dress

Mothers of the bride and groom will have similar wedding day outfits. While it's encouraged to stay away from anything that looks white (unless approved by the bride), almost anything that aligns with the dress code is appropriate. The best mother of the groom dresses are those that make you feel confident. From structured pant suits to elegant ball gowns, your look should fit the season and style of the wedding, as well as your personal taste. Whether you're a trendsetting mom or you prefer to stick to your favorite tried-and-true styles, your mother of the groom outfit should embody your fashion sense. 

Where to Buy Mother of the Groom Dresses

There are plenty of retailers that specialize in mother of the groom attire—in fact, some of your favorite stores might have curated wedding collections just for moms. Here, we share the top places to buy mother of the groom dresses. 

Rent the Runway—Your wedding outfit will be a special purchase. Perhaps you want a runway-worthy look, but you don't want to go over your budget (or you don't want it to sit untouched in your closet after the big day). If that's the case, rent your outfit from a service like Rent the Runway. Browse classic and trendy mother of the groom dresses from top designers that you can wear just as long as you need it. Not only will you have an of-the-moment look, you'll save money too. 

CoEdition—Online retailer CoEdition has plenty of plus size mother of the groom dresses to fit every mom's taste. Their evening gowns range from formal to casual, allowing you to find a look that fits the exact style of the wedding. From lace evening gowns to fun floral midis, there's no shortage of stunning mother of the groom dresses here. 

David's Bridal—You'll find plenty of great mother of the groom dresses at David's Bridal. The renowned wedding brand has a special collection of dresses and pant suits just for moms. Whether you're looking for bold sparkles or minimal designs, you'll appreciate the brand's extensive collection. 

11 Honoré—Glam moms, this store is for you. If you're always one step ahead of the trends, you'll love the mother of the groom dresses at 11 Honoré. With a repertoire of luxury designers like Christian Siriano, Zac Posen, Jason Wu and Badgley Mischka, there are lots of show-stopping options for moms who want to make a serious statement. 

Nordstrom—Nordy fans, you'll be thrilled to know the beloved store has wedding outfits for moms. Browse Nordstrom's collection of mother of the groom dresses online or in a store to find a wedding-worthy look from some of your favorite brands. 

The Best Mother of the Groom Dresses to Shop Now

Now you know what to look for and where to shop—but if you want even more inspiration, we've got you covered. Here, browse the best mother of the groom dresses you can buy right now. You'll find options for every type of wedding, from elegant maxi dresses to casual minis. 

Blue lace midi dress

A lace midi is always a great option for moms. This modest design has pretty cap sleeves and a scalloped skirt—and if you want to stick to your budget, rent it for just four days.

Catherine Deane Miya lace dress in Blue, from $75 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com 

Ruched black evening gown with portrait neckline

Ruched fabric is extra flattering, so you'll feel your absolute best in this sleek column silhouette. The portrait neckline adds an elegant touch.

La Femme ruched jersey column gown in Black, $318, Nordstrom.com 

Tapue sequin mermaid dress with illusion neckline

Looking for a sparkly mother of the groom dress? Go for a gown with allover sequins like this mermaid design. The illusion neckline is modern without being too revealing.

RM Richards sequin lace mermaid plus size dress with illusion neckline, $150, DavidsBridal.com  

Marigold long sleeve velvet dress

If you're shopping for a formal winter wedding, you can't go wrong with velvet. This rich fabric looks as luxurious as it feels, and this yellow color is an unexpected shade that'll wow.

Jenny Yoo Ryland velvet dress in Marigold, $295, BHLDN.com 

Maroon sequin midi dress with billow sleeves

A glitzy midi is a must for trendy moms. The billowing sleeves and sequined tulle fabric will show off your impeccable sense of style.

In The Mood For Love Irina sequined tulle mini dress in Burgundy, $810, NET-A-PORTER.com   

Orange midi dress with asymmetrical neckline and puff sleeves

This bold color complements the simple design, which has a geometric cutout neckline and loose sleeves. While it can work for any season, we love the idea of wearing this to a rustic fall wedding.

Christian Siriano solid long sleeve dress in Orange, $1,300, 11Honore.com 

One-shoulder lace evening gown with godet skirt

One-shoulder gowns are romantic without being too revealing. This glam plus size dress from CoEdition also has a pretty godet skirt for lots of twirling. 

Nightway one shoulder lace maxi dress in Merlot/Nude, $109, CoEdition.com  

Roll neck mini dress with full A-line skirt

Looking for something different? This unique neckline gives off chic retro vibes, while the flattering fit-and-flare skirt lends itself to dancing and mingling. 

Teri Jon roll neck cap sleeve metallic jacquard dress in Blue, $565, TeriJon.com 

Jacquard jumpsuit with one-shoulder ruffle and wide pant legs

You don't have to wear a dress if it's not your style. Instead, a structured jumpsuit is a great mother of the groom outfit alternative. This chic jacquard design has plenty of trendy elements, like a shoulder ruffle and wide pant legs.

Tadashi Shoji Aiko jacquard jumpsuit in Black/Ivory, $338, TadashiShoji.com 

Simple black fitted dress with puff cap sleeves

Keep it simple in a sleek black gown. The statement puff sleeves add a fun pop of personality to this minimal dress.

Sachin & Babi Linna dress in Black, $245, BHLDN.com 

Red column evening gown with asymmetrical neckline

Looking for a red-carpet-worthy look? This Safiyaa gown was spotted at the Golden Globes, and it's not hard to see why. With a fun asymmetrical neckline and slim-fit skirt, you'll have a look that deserves a spot on the best dressed list.

Safiyaa knotted draped stretch-crepe gown in Red, $1,955, NET-A-PORTER.com  

Loose midi dress with knotted center and cold shoulder sleeves

With a glossy purple hue and knotted front, this gown will make a serious statement. Cold-shoulder sleeves make this a great option for moms with a finger on the pulse of what's trending.

Zero + Maria Cornejo Miu dress in Ink, $1,195, 11Honore.com 

Fitted black dress with lace off-the-shoulder neckline

This fitted black gown embodies elegance. The lace off-the-shoulder neckline is ultra-flattering for any formal setting. It also comes in petite and long options for those looking for special sizes. 

La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni Nasira gown in Black, from $135 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com 

Satin ball gown with off-the-shoulder neckline

This radiant ball gown is certainly fit for a queen. With an off-the-shoulder neckline and luxe satin fabric, your look will exude timeless elegance. 

Xscape satin plus size ball gown with portrait collar in Royal, $300, DavidsBridal.com   

Olive midi dress with draped top and belted waist

This modest midi has a subtle sheen, and the deep olive shade is a great option for those who want a unique color. The subtle neckline draping and belted waist will flatter any figure as well.

BHLDN Olmstead dress in Olive, $230, BHLDN.com  

Light blue kimono-inspired dress with loose sleeves

Ideal for a spring wedding, this light blue kimono-style dress will complement any semi-formal dress code.

Theia kimono sheath in Blue, from $60 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com 

Blush A-line evening dress with illusion neckline

If you get the approval to wear blush, this ethereal illusion gown will stun on the big day. 

Teri Jon lace cap sleeve illusion gown in Blush, $1,015, TeriJon.com 

Loose nude and blush gradient maxi dress

Don't sacrifice style for comfort. With a roomy silhouette and glittery, pleated fabric, you'll never want to take off this glam dress.

Dima Ayad drop shoulder pleated dress in Nude with Gold, $773, 11Honore.com  

Long sleeve A-line glitter dress

This regal silhouette will make you feel your very best. With a belted waist and sparkly fabric, this design is a no-fail option. 

Mac Duggal long sleeves pleated A-line sparkle gown in Sapphire, $398, CoEdition.com 

Floral midi dress with black lace

Consider a fun floral print like this one. Elegant lace balances out the bold flower motifs throughout.

Tadashi Shoji Leono floral print dress in Black/Floral, $388, TadashiShoji.com 

Sparkly black evening dress with draped cape back

Capes are a major trend, and they won't go away any time soon. This glittery dress is perfect for the mom who wants a statement look.

Betsy and Adam glitter drape sleeve stretch plus size sheath in Black/Silver, $290, DavidsBridal.com

Fitted mother of the groom dress with cowl neckline

If you're not sure which color to wear, this Azazie dress comes in 63. (Yes, really.) With so many options, you'll be sure to find a gown that fits your vision.

Azazie Alena dress, $116, Azazie.com  

Mother of the groom suit set with sheet capelet and glitter neckline

A classic mother of the groom suit doesn't have to feel matronly. This chic set has a glitter neckline and chiffon capelet for those who want a dramatic look.

Le Bos beaded neck plus size set with chiffon capelet in Navy, $130, DavidsBridal.com   

Silver metallic mother of the groom dress with short sleeves

The timeless cap-sleeve dress gets a modern upgrade with this shimmery lace pattern.

Tadashi Shoji Odette dress in Silver, $430, BHLDN.com 

Glitter column dress with cold shoulder sleeves

With unique cold shoulders and a ruched waist, this plus size mother of the groom dress is just as flattering as it is fun.

Alex Evenings cold shoulder glitter column gown in Smoke, $149, Nordstrom.com

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