Short Dresses for the Mothers of the Bride and Groom
Dresses for the mothers of the bride and groom get a bad rap for being matronly, but the days of moms wearing simple beige gowns are behind us (unless she wants to, of course!). Just like your bridesmaids, your mother's big-day dress should show off her personal style and make her feel beautiful. Which is exactly why short mother-of-the-bride dresses are no longer out of the question. Whether you're throwing a less formal affair or your mom just wants to show off her killer legs, we've culled together a selection of short dresses that are totally appropriate for the mothers of the bride and groom to wear on the wedding day.
If the idea of a short dress makes your mom balk, remind her that "short" doesn't necessarily mean "mini." As a good rule of thumb, the shortest dresses a mother should consider for her son or daughter's wedding will fall just above the knee. You can also consider knee-length, tea-length, or asymmetrical styles. No matter which hemline length she feels most comfortable with, know that there are tons of options available to her. For the more classic mom, consider a traditional silhouette like a sheath or fit-and-flair. Both are universally figure-flattering and so timeless. Aidan Mattox's metallic bell sleeve option or Erdem's summery floral dress would both look beautiful on any mom.
If she wants something that feels especially appropriate for a wedding, lace is always a great option. Tadashi Shoji's fitted navy blue lace dress with a high-neck and three-quarter length sleeves is the perfect example. For the mothers of the bride and groom who prefer pattern, look to the playful selections by designers like Jason Wu, J.Crew, and Gal Meets Glam.
No matter what her preferred style is, don't worry about your mom blending in with the crowd. With so many special short dresses out there, your mom will find a look that befitting of this momentous occasion. To see all of our favorite short mother-of-the-bride and -groom dresses, click through here.