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Yes, a wedding day is all about the bride. But who has been by her side throughout the whole wedding-planning process, helping choose the color scheme and the caterer and the guest list and everything else in between? That's right, the mother of the bride. Just like the bride, the MOB (as well as the mother of the groom) should stand out in clothes that make her look and feel beautiful. But finding just the right ensemble can be tricky, so we're looking to these mothers of celebrities for style inspiration. Make no mistake about it: MOB and MOG dresses do not have to be matronly or one-size-fits-all drab, as these stylish dresses and gowns prove. Lots of designers are creating mother fashions that are chic and flattering while still being age-appropriate.Instead of opting for a safe, predictable look, why not wow guests with one of these gorgeous modern options?
While all eyes were on Prince William's bride, Kate Middleton, in her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen-designed splendor, there was an appreciative hum surrounding her mother's outfit as well. Mama Middleton chose a knee-length sky blue Catherine Walker coat and dress combo paired with frog clasp detailing at the waist and cuffs along with a matching hat, worn at a jaunty angle. All hail, Queen Carole.
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Wearing white to a wedding seems to be a group effort for the Knowles family. At Solange Knowles's 2014 wedding, her entire family, including sister Beyoncé and mom Tina, wore varied shades of white. Tina's dress was a figure-hugging ivory column with a wide gold cuff-style choker. At her own wedding in 2015, Beyoncé's mom wore a stunning Romona Keveza ivory dress with artfully placed cutouts and barely any jewelry. Her only accessories were her bright red lips and pin-straight hair. The takeaway of both of Tina's dresses: Wear a style that shows off your shape and confidence.
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When Nicky Hilton wed James Rothschild last summer, guests might have been surprised to see just how traditionally sister Paris and mom Kathy were dressed. Both wore cloud blue dresses, with Kathy's having practically no detailing other than the intricate 3-D embroidery close to the hem of her gown.
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For daughter Eva's wedding in 2011, Susan Sarandon looked stunning in a charcoal gray dress that matched the wedding's color palette. The knee-length dress was custom-made by Lela Rose, who added a floral lace neckline that matched the bride's. It was a matchy-matchy touch in the sweetest sense.
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Just like the Knowles clan, the Kardashain/Jenner family went all-white for Kim's nuptials to Kanye West in 2014. Except for the plunging V-neckline, MOB Kris Jenner's dress covered her curves. The long-sleeved sheath showed off her figure in a modest way, ensuring that Kim would get all of the attention on her big day.
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While it might not be commonplace for the mother of the bride to be rocking a corset detailed dress and loosely flowing hair, it makes sense when the MOB is Diana Ross. The legendary entertainer donned a white Vivienne Westwood Red Label gown with a plunging neckline and a bold statement necklace to daughter Chudney's 2015 wedding. Though moms, including Kris Jenner, have also worn white to their offspring's weddings, get permission from the bride about "sharing" her color before swiping a credit card.
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Chelsea Clinton's 2010 summer wedding was a big-time event. Naturally, MOB Hillary wanted to wear something special for her only child's big day. For the formal 400-guest affair, the then-Secretary of State wore a charming plum-hued Oscar de la Renta gown with a light pink necklace—a perfect harmony of traditional and modern. The MOB's mom, Dorothy Rodham, contributed to the chic scene, too, in a gray shift.
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MOBs who like a vintage-chic look should take a peek at Judy Garland's MOB outfit for inspiration. Daugther Liza Minnelli's first wedding to Peter Allen was a small, low-key affair that took place in 1967 in New York City. The "Wizard of Oz" legend wore a blue and green striped coat with a pale yellow dress, necktie, and pillbox hat. While going totally retro might upstage the bride, picking up aspects of Garland's outfit are totally appropriate for a modern wedding, such as wearing a trendy overcoat or hat.
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For Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish's summer Montana wedding in 2013, guests needed to dress for a ranch affair. The actress's mom, Patricia Bosworth,
did it in an off-white Oscar de la Renta dress-suit that wa s MOB-appropriate and fit right into the setting.
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When pro tennis player Andy Murray married Kim Sears in Scotland in 2015, their nuptials were named Scotland's "royal wedding of the year." Mother of the groom Judy Murray pulled out all of the stops in this neutral look by Joyce Young OBE. The MOG paired her taupe dress with a cream trench-like coat, nude heels and a matching hat.
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While Ryan Seacrest proved to be the best man of honor for his sister Meredith's wedding in 2016, his mom rocked the MOB title just as well. Constance Seacrest wore a gorgoeus pink high-low overskirt with an off-the-shoulder neckline—very appropriate for the destination wedding in Mexico.
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Louise Roe and Mackenzie Hunkin "felt like royalty" on the day of their traditional English wedding, so you bet the their families had to look the part. Louise's mom, Christine, wore a stylish lilac lace dress, with a cropped jacket and matching hat—a tradition for English wedding guests.
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