Getting your mother of the bride look is so important to your daughter’s big day, but it can be one of the most tricky outfit decisions you’ll ever make. While all eyes will be on the bride, you want to look your very best for this extra special occasion.
With so many different styles to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. The best way to find our perfect mother of the bride outfit is to consider your body type, to determine what suits you best and what will be the most flattering style for your figure. Read on to discover the best outfits for mother of the bride by body type…
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Enhance Long Legs
If you’re blessed with long legs, there’s no reason why you can’t show them off a little. As mother of the bride, it’s important to keep your look classic, but you should feel beautiful and your very best on this special day. If you have long legs, try a midi dress instead of going for something longer. A fitted dress that sits just above the knee is perfect.
Try the Half Sleeve Midi Dress in Powder Blue – £38. Sitting just on the knee, this figure hugging dress is ideal for spring and summer weddings. With pretty lace to the top, this style will elongate your legs further while keeping the look classy and stylish. Try teaming with a wide brimmed hat and strappy heeled sandals in cream.
Conceal your Arms
If your arms are your problem area, there are a variety of stunning mother of the bride dresses that will solve that issue. The trick is to bring the focus elsewhere, such as the waist or legs. A dress with sleeves will keep your arms concealed, while detail in other areas will keep the focus away from your arms.
We love the Deep V-Neck Embroidered Maxi Dress in Navy – £95. With beading from head to toe, this glamorous dress draws the attention down the length of the body and to the waist.
Flatter your Tummy
As we get older, our tummies become more of a problem area. This is normal, and there are loads of ways that you can dress to flatter your tummy. If you’re looking for a mother of the bride dress that will flatter a round tummy, look for styles that flare out a little at the waist and skim the hips. A dress that’s fitted at the waist will draw the attention to the smallest part of the body, and then skim over the tummy. Avoid anything tight that might cling around the stomach, making the area look bigger.
Try the Mesh Embroidered Maxi Dress in Wine – £79. This beautiful dress nips you in at the waist, while the maxi skirt flows loosely down to the ground, without there being too much heavy additional material. The mesh detail to the top will draw the eye to your shoulders, while the maxi skirt perfectly balances the look. Try styling with gold accessories, such as gold box clutch.
Minimize your Hips
Pear shaped women can really struggle to find a flattering occasion dress. When you have large hips, everything seems to accentuate them, rather than flatter and minimize them. When it comes to your mother of the bride outfit, look for a dress that makes your shoulders look wider, to balance out your hips. While the idea of making your shoulders might not sound all that appealing, focusing on your shoulders will draw attention away from your hips and add balance to your figure.
For a flattering dress that will balance out larger hips, try the Bardot Pleated Maxi Dress in Emerald – £65. The off the shoulder style will make your shoulders appear wider, while the straight cut skims the hips for a flattering style.
Define your Waist
The waist is the smallest part of our body, and when we draw attention to it we make ourselves look smaller all over. If your focus is on slimming your figure, choose a dress that will define your waist.
The Sequined Mermaid Hem Maxi Dress in Silver – £79, will do just that. With an empire line below the bust, this dress draws the eye to the waist, while skimming over the rest of the body. Neither tight or loose fitting, this straight up and down style will lengthen and elongate the figure, making you look slimmer all over.
Show off your Shoulders
Did you know that the slimmest part of the body is typically your shoulders and collarbone area? In showing this off, you can make yourself appear slimmer over all. This is also the perfect amount of skin to display for such an occasion, showing just the right amount so that you still feel sexy and beautiful, while keeping your look classy and stylish.
Try a bandeau dress to accentuate the slimmest part of your body. We love the Sweetheart Neckline Embroidered Maxi Dress in Gold – £95.
Flatter a Full Bust
If you have a full bust, there are a variety of styles that can accentuate this, but of course there’s a time and a place that this is suitable. If you’d prefer to flatter your bust and make your chest look balanced with your figure, try a dress in a dark tone with a v-neck. Avoid high neck dresses at all costs, instead a v-neck shape will break up this larger part of your body for a flattering cut.
Try the Starburst Sequin Maxi Dress in Rose Gold – £89. This striking dress will draw the eye away from the bust while also making it look smaller.
Enhance a Small Bust
For those with a small bust that would like to enhance it to create a more balanced figure, try a higher neckline. If you don’t want to go for something that comes right up to the neck, try a slashed neckline to reveal a little skin.
We love the Side Shoulder Bow Maxi Dress in Orange – £68. This unique dress is ideal for those with a small bust and would make a beautiful mother of the bride dress for spring/summer.
Taking the time to look in to styles that will suit your figure for this special occasion is time well spent. For more ideas for mother of the bride dresses browse our varied range now.