The 25 Best Plus-Size Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses That Are Flattering, Not Frumpy

These incredible gowns live up to the occasion.
Three plus-size mother-of-the-bride dresses
Photos, left to right: Anthropologie, Phase Eight, Anthropologie
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Lauren Whalley
Fashion Editor, Beauty & Inclusivity
  • Lauren writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in fashion, beauty and size inclusivity.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Lauren worked in wedding editorial for Brides, Style Me Pretty and Enaura Bridal.
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Updated Oct 03, 2023
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You've probably attended a fair share of weddings over the years, but there is something so special about getting the opportunity to watch the child you raised (and love so much!) start their next chapter with their partner and shop for mother-of-the-bride dresses. When the time comes to start looking for mother-of-the-bride attire, there are a few things to keep in mind, including the couple's event dress code, location and season. But most importantly, it's all about finding a style and fit that you adore. If you're shopping online for a plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress, I've found plenty of standout picks for the VIP MOB—from ultra-elegant black-tie gowns to semi-formal sheaths with matching jackets. Below, check out our favorite plus-size mother-of-the-bride dresses that you can shop right now.

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The Best Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses in Plus-Sizes

To make your search for mother-of-the-bride plus-size dresses a little easier, I've rounded up the best MOB dresses in plus sizes, including what dress code they pair well with and color options. Remember, though, that this is just a guideline. Have fun with it! They're all spectacular choices for your child's upcoming nuptials.

1. Kiyonna Indie Flair Maxi Dress

This green plus-size maxi dress is perfect for MOBs. The modest V-neck, flared kimono sleeves, and draped bodice create a dreamy, layered look. Best of all, you can dress this outfit up or down depending on the event. For example, to make it beach-ready, style it with a woven sun hat and heeled sandals.

Dress code: Semi-Formal, Beach | Size range: 0X-4X | Colors: 6

2. Mac Duggal Pleated Capelet Tea-Length Gown

Mac Duggal's plus-size mother-of-the-bride dresses are simply stunning—and we can't pass up this gorgeous number. The navy gown has a flirty cap that sweeps across the neckline and all-over pleats for a truly elegant plus-size MOB look. Accessorize with sparkly earrings and an elegant clutch to add even more pizzazz.

Dress code: Black-Tie | Size range: 2-20 | Colors: 1

3. By Anthropologie Short-Sleeve V-Neck Button-Front Midi Dress

Mac Duggal Flutter-Sleeve V-Neck Maxi Dress
Photo: Anthropologie

This plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress is a lovely option for spring or summer nuptials. We love the variety of colors and florals in the dress and the soft, flowy fabric is perfect for warmer temps. You'll be a stylish mom, that's for sure.

Dress code: Cocktail, Semi-Formal, Formal, Spring, Summer | Size range: 00P-26W | Colors: 2

4. BHLDN Leila Deep-V Flutter-Sleeve Satin A-Line Gown

BHLDN Leila Deep-V Flutter-Sleeve Satin A-Line Gown
Photo: Anthropologie

Patterned dresses are having a moment. Embrace a little bit of color with this plus-size one-shoulder gown fit for a fall or winter wedding. Dangly earrings, wedges, and a cute clutch will complete your mother-of-the-bride look.

Dress code: Cocktail; Semi-Formal; Beach | Size range: XXS-3X | Colors: 1

5. Hutch Printed Twist-Front Puff-Sleeve Ruffle-Hem Dress

Plus-size purple and red sorbet print mother-of-the-bride dress from Hutch
Photo: Anthropologie

Here's a festive number to get the party started. This plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress from Hutch, which also comes in petite sizes, is covered in a purple and red sorbet print that's so much fun. A sweetheart neckline, three-quarter sleeves and a ruffled hem enhance this plus-size MOB dress.

Dress code: Semi-Formal | Size range: XXS-3X | Colors: 2

6. ELOQUII Satin Maxi Dress in Periwinkle

Periwinkle blue satin maxi mother-of-the-bride dress from ELOQUII
Photo: ELOQUII

You'll be the best dressed for your child's semi-formal wedding in this satin maxi dress. The shoulder pads and cuffed long sleeves exude drama, but the cool periwinkle color softens the look. Accessorize with statement earrings to complement the deep V-neckline.

Dress code: Semi-Formal | Size range: 14-28 | Colors: 4

7. Studio 8 Anya Floral Frill Dress in Lilac

Plus-size floral mother-of-the-bride dress from Phase Eight
Photo: Phase Eight

Shopping for a garden wedding? Look no further than this floral plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress perfect for the outdoors. The tea-length frock is covered in blue, white and purple blooms against a rich lilac background. The ruffled neckline adds a classy touch to the casual botanical style.

Dress code: Cocktail | Size range: 12-22 | Colors: 1

8. BHLDN Dylan One-Shoulder Satin Side-Slit Gown

Green plus-size one-shoulder gown with side slit from BHLDN
Photo: Anthropologie

Channel glamour with this spectacular mother-of-the-bride dress. The plus-size gown is elevated with a one-shoulder neckline and a sexy side slit. The luxurious satin-charmeuse dress comes in eight beautiful colorways, including Dusty Blue and Moss Green.

Dress code: Black-Tie, Formal | Size range: 0-26W | Colors: 8

9. Mac Duggal Satin Long-Sleeve Midi Dress in Black

Black plus-size mother-of-the-bride midi dress with long sleeves and V-neck from Mac Duggal
Photo: Anthropologie

Minimalist mamas, you can't go wrong with a simple black midi dress for your child's wedding. This cocktail attire-worthy frock has a V-neckline, long sleeves and a flared skirt that falls below the knee. It's a beautiful, versatile plus-size gown that works for so many seasons and venues.

Dress code: Semi-Formal, Cocktail | Size range: 14W-24W | Colors: 2

10. Amsale Pryce Off-Shoulder Satin Column Gown

Green plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress from Amsale
Photo: Anthropologie

Jewel tones for a fall or winter wedding? I'm living for it. Check out this plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress in the most gorgeous dark green shade (psst, this dress comes in Navy and Neutral too). The off-the-shoulder neckline, column silhouette and draped bodice define this satin gown.

Dress code: Black-Tie | Size range: 0-24W | Colors: 3

11. Azazie Weisz MBD Dress in Desert Rose

Plus-size floor-length mother-of-the-bride dress in desert rose from Azazie
Photo: Azazie

Azazie has a beautiful assortment of plus-size mother-of-the-bride dresses, including this floor-length chiffon gown. With a square neckline, embellished waist and an elegant draped skirt, what's not to love? Another plus is the matching jacket, which will keep you warm during a chillier event.

Dress code: Black-Tie | Size range: 0-30; Custom Sizes Available | Colors: 35+

12. Jenny Yoo Ryland Velvet Maxi Dress in Dark Berry

Plus-size velvet mother-of-the-bride maxi dress from Jenny Yoo
Photo: Anthropologie

Sultry velvets for fall? We're swooning. Check out this plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress in the most autumn-worthy berry shade (psst, this dress comes in other shades like Emerald and French Blue too). The V-neckline, long sleeves and plunging open back define this enchanting gown.

Dress code: Black-Tie | Size range: 0-26 | Colors: 5

13. Kiyonna Wildflower Embroidered Dress in Garden Party

Plus-size floral mesh overlay mother-of-the-bride dress from Kiyonna
Photo: Kiyonna

Colorful flowers are beautifully embroidered on this plus-size black mother-of-the-bride dress. The mesh overlay is a perfect match for the flounce sleeves and velvet trim accents. You'll have so much fun dancing in this flowery frock!

Dress code: Cocktail, Dressy Casual | Size range: 10-32 | Colors: 3

14. BHLDN Leila Deep-V Flutter-Sleeve Satin A-Line Gown

Plus-size black V-neck mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Anthropologie

Flutter sleeves are a gorgeous way to dress up a minimalist silhouette. This sophisticated satin dress is an effortlessly elegant option for MOBs. The V-neckline flows into a silky, floor-length A-line skirt, making it a stunning plus-size option for a semi-formal or formal wedding.

Dress code: Formal | Size range: 0-26W | Colors: 8

15. Hutch Marilyn Gown in Black

Plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress with black bodice, long sleeves and green-and-gold jacquard skirt
Photo: Rent the Runway

The ethereal green and gold jacquard fabric steals the show on this plus-size mother-of-the-bride gown. The simple black bodice—with fitted long sleeves—contrasts the voluminous high-low skirt. (Bonus: There are hidden side pockets!)

Dress code: Formal | Size range: 0-22W | Colors: 1

16. Badgley Mischka Forbidden Territory Gown in Black

Black plus-size mother-of-the-bride fitted gown from Badgley Mischka
Photo: Rent the Runway

You'll be so prepared for your black-tie wedding in this formal plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress. There are so many things that we love about the design, from the sophisticated boat neckline to the elegant ruching on the skirt. And you can rent this gown for a fraction of the retail price. What a steal!

Dress code: Black-Tie | Size range: 0-22W | Colors: 1

17. City Chic So Fancy Dress in Black

Black plus-size lace mother-of-the-bride dress from City Chic
Photo: City Chic

Embrace lace with this plus-size blush pink MOB dress. The flared silhouette has thin adjustable shoulder straps, a V-neckline and a dreamy allover lace design. Whether you're attending an outdoor wedding or a casual backyard bash, this summer piece is a foolproof pick.

Dress code: Cocktail; Dressy Casual | Size range: 12-24 | Colors: 5

18. Mac Duggal Emery A-Line Hand-Embroidered V-Neck Gown

Hand-embellished plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress from Mac Duggal
Photo: Anthropologie

I am honestly obsessed with the hand-embellishments on this plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress. Between the gorgeous gray hue and the romantic tulle fabric, it's an excellent choice for a black-tie wedding. The delicate floral details throughout seal the deal for me.

Dress code: Black-Tie | Size range: 0-20W | Colors: 2

19. Phase Eight Orianne One-Shoulder Tulle Dress in Navy

Plus-size one-shoulder mother-of-the-bride dress from City Chic
Photo: City Chic

Get ready to receive loads of compliments in this Grecian-inspired plus-size MOB gown. The off-the-shoulder silhouette is complemented by an embellished sequin bodice, a blouson waistline and a full-length skirt. Plus, the navy blue color is versatile enough for weddings all year.

Dress code: Black Tie Optional | Size range: 12-22 | Colors: 1

20. Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Long Floral Beaded Gown With Flutter Sleeves in Rose Gold

Plus-size floral beaded mother-of-the-bride dress in rose gold from Adrianna Papell
Photo: Adrianna Papell

You'll be sparkling all night long in this hand-beaded shimmer gown that's pure magic. Delicate floral beading is placed exquisitely all over the dress, which boasts flutter sleeves and pleated godets on the skirt for extra movement.

Dress code: Black-Tie | Size range: 0-24 | Colors: 1

21. Marchesa Notte Ribbon Waist Dress in Blue Floral

Plus-size floral mother-of-the-bride dress from Marchesa Notte
Photo: Rent the Runway

We seriously can't get enough of this floral mother-of-the-bride rental dress for fall or winter nuptials. The printed chiffon dress has a V-neckline, graceful long sleeves and a ribbon tie waist. You'll definitely bust some moves in the airy, unrestrictive skirt.

Dress code: Cocktail | Size range: 0-20 | Colors: 1

22. Phase Eight Trudy Embroidered Dress in Blue

Silver blue plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress from Phase Eight
Photo: Phase Eight

Here's another trendy color for mother of the brides: silver blue. You'll get lost in all the intricate botanical details that embellish this plus-size lace dress. With fluted semi-sheer sleeves and a skirt that falls just below the knee, you'll be well-dressed for your semi-formal or cocktail party.

Dress code: Semi-Formal, Cocktail | Size range: 12-22 | Colors: 1

23. Reformation Rosi Dress

Plus-size green floral mother-of-the-bride dress with cap sleeves from Reformation
Photo: Anthropologie

Shopping for a Spring-inspired plus-size MOB dress? This midi-length dress from Reformation is equally sexy and sophisticated. The delicate ruffles look so good with the cap sleeves, plus you'll feel ultra-lightweight in the comfy, responsibly made viscose material.

Dress code: Daytime; Dressy Casual | Size range: 0-26W | Colors: 1

24. Azazie Gypsy MBD Dress in Peacock

Green formal mother-of-the-bride dress with beading from Azazie
Photo: Azazie

With beaded embroidery at the shoulders and waistline, this MOB gown is suitable for the most formal of occasions. The V-neckline, flowy bell sleeves and emerald-inspired color give this dress a timeless, vintage feel.

Dress code: Formal | Size range: 0-30; Custom Sizes Available | Colors: 16

25. Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Scoop Back Sequin Gown With Three-Quarter Sleeves in Champagne Gold

Plus-size champagne gold sequin mother-of-the-bride gown from Adrianna Papell
Photo: Adrianna Papell

Get ready to turn heads in this breathtaking floor-length mother-of-the-bride dress. The elegant plus-size gown is hand-adorned with sequins and has three-quarter sleeves that are suitable for every season.

Dress code: Black-Tie | Size range: 0-24 | Colors: 1

Best Places to Buy Plus-Size Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses

Not sure where to buy mother-of-the-bride dresses? Below are a few brands that sell beautiful plus-size mother-of-the-bride dresses in a variety of lengths, silhouettes and patterns so you'll be able to find exactly what you are looking for.

Adrianna Papell

Adrianna Papell specializes in unique and stylish plus-size mother-of-the-bride dresses that are classy, elegant and on-trend. Their gowns are available in a variety of fabrics and silhouettes and are perfect for mothers of brides looking for something that leans toward a more formal dress code.

Size range: 0-30 | Prices from: $149-$379

Anthropologie

Anthropologie is a hidden gem for high-quality, plus-size mother-of-the-bride dresses. Although the brand leans a bit more expensive, they have tons of beloved designers that make great MOB gowns, like Mac Duggal and Jenny Yoo. They are also a great place to look if you're looking for a dress for a summer beach gathering or destination wedding.

Size range: XXS-4X (availability varies by designer) | Prices from: $68-$850

Azazie

Azazie is known for its affordability and wide variety of styles. Another excellent place to start your search for botanical wedding party gowns. From tea-length dresses and jumpsuits to floor-length gowns, you can easily find something for every wedding event, from the engagement cocktail party to the rehearsal dinner and even the day of.

Size range: 0-30; Custom Sizes Available | Prices from: $79-$329

Plus-Size Mother-of-the-Bride Dress Shopping Tips

As a plus-size woman, it's essential to remember that confidence and style know no size limits. Embrace your curves, celebrate your beauty, and enjoy the shopping experience with these empowering tips for finding the perfect plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress!

Start Early and Explore Options

Give yourself plenty of time to find the dress that makes you feel fabulous. Start shopping at least three to four months before the wedding to allow for alterations if needed. Don't be afraid to browse and explore a wide range of options. Remember, there are plenty of beautiful dresses available in plus sizes.

Consider the Fabric and Fit

When shopping for a mother-of-the-bride dress, pay attention to the fabric and fit. Opt for fabrics that drape well and offer a flattering silhouette. Chiffon, jersey, and lace are popular choices that provide both elegance and comfort. Additionally, choose a dress with a structured bodice or built-in shapewear to enhance your curves and provide extra support.

Embrace Color and Patterns

Don't be afraid to play with color and patterns! While traditional wedding colors like navy, blush, or black are classic choices, don't hesitate to experiment with vibrant hues or subtle prints. Find a color that complements the wedding theme and makes you feel radiant.

Bring a Supportive Shopping Buddy

Shopping for a dress should be a joyful experience, so don't hesitate to bring a supportive friend or family member along. Choose someone who uplifts you, understands your style and provides honest feedback. Their positive energy and encouragement will make the journey even more memorable.

Tailor the Dress to Perfection

Once you find the dress of your dreams, consider having it tailored to fit you perfectly. A proper alteration can make a significant difference in how the dress looks and feels on your body. Take the time to find a skilled tailor, ensuring that your dress fits like a glove and makes you feel like a queen.

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