What does the mother of the bride wear?

@TriciaW (2441)
United States
June 11, 2007 9:54am CST
Ok I know I should have already gotten my dress but I haven't. I can't decide if it should be a long formal dress, a short formal looking dress, a long semi formal dress, pant suit or a skirt suit. On line I have found many I like in all of these but don't know what is best to wear. My daughter says mom whatever you wear will be wonderful. Ok so she is no help. I talked to her father's mother to see what she is wearing and she is wearing a suit skirt. The grooms mom isn't committing on what she is wearing. What should I wear???? The wedding is July 28th so I need to get it ordered now. What should I wear? Any suggestions?
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
12 Jun 07
No black, dont out do the bride. Most formal wear is okay as long as its not black and you dont out do the bride. Make sure you feel comfortable and I think its okay to pick a floral or something that has the colours of the bridesmaid but not too wear the whole colour. For example if they are wearing bright pink its okay to have that colour in a print and looks great but dont ware the whole colour. Dont out do the wedding party. Good luck to you and the bride and groom.
@maryannemax (12173)
• Sweden
11 Jun 07
july 28 is more than a month from now. so, you still have lots of time to think about it and prepare for it. i think it's always better to wear long semi formal wear. atleast, you won't look so sophisticated like trying to get others' attention and on the other hand, you'll feel fit for the occasion. but still, think of what is comfortable for you. then try to picture yourself wearing that type of clothes in the wedding. if you feel that you'll be confident in wearing that kind of clothes, then go for it... anne
• Brazil
11 Jun 07
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I think it really depends on how formal the wedding is. If it's a tux and black tie wedding, then something long and formal would be appropriate. My daughter is getting this coming Saturday, but she is having an outside wedding, not very formal, so I bought a nice dress that is reminiscent of the 50's, sleeveless with a flouncy double skirt. Whatever you wear, I am sure it will be lovely.
• Canada
11 Jun 07
I'd have to say a skirt suit with maybe a hat. My mother is already planning on what she's wearing for my Wedding next year and she's frustrating the heck out of me LOL. She wants to know whether Lilac will go with my Red dress *rolls eyes* It's not necessary to match the colors that the bride is wearing, and as long as your outfit doesn't upstage what she's wearing, you really cannot go wrong. Follow what your daughter said and relax. She said you'll look nice no matter what you wear. Go with that and pick something that you like, and that you'll also feel comfortable in. After all, you have to wear it for the entire day.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
11 Jun 07
My mother wore something that went with our colors. (they were purple and silver, so her dress had silver highlights) It was a suit skirt. My wedding wasn't too formal. If it happens during the day, you could wear something below you knee, if it's at night time I think you are supposed to wear something past you knee. (If I recall correctly) Unless the wedding is a cocktail sort of wedding, then I'm sure less formal. I would see what your daughter is wearing, if it's sleeveless, you could prob. be less formal than if it's got sleeves, and a long train, etc. Good luck. I'm sure you'll look beautiful, and your daughter prob. won't care what you wear, as long as you like it.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
11 Jun 07
A long semi formal dress that blends well with the colors of the wedding would be your safe bet. Think about the wedding photos... you want to look like the stunning, proud, mother of the bride.
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
11 Jun 07
What time of day is the wedding & how formal of a setting? The groom's mom may be waiting to hear what you're wearing to commit to something too.
@smacksman (6074)
11 Jun 07
Yep, suit skirt showing a nice bit of cleavage, pretty shoes, white gloves, matching little bag and a frivolous, dainty hat. Gossamy dresses can be fun with a bit of wind about so wear pretty underwear if you take the risk! Colour? Now that is the problem. See if you can at least find out what mother in law is wearing. You will know what the bridesmaids are wearing so try and get the harmony there. Go with a suitable shade with your hair colour and skin tone. Don't over do the accessories. A simple string of pearls and hire a 20 carat diamond brooch for the day to keep it understated. You will look gorgeous!