Think of a ‘Mother of the bride’ (MOTB) and your mind is probably conjuring up images of flushed older ladies decorated in large cabbage-rose print and frothing with frills. Nice. However this Hyacinth Bouquet caricature is simply not that representative of most mothers these days. Weddings are less traditional now (at least if you want them to be) and are breaking free from the norm of the standard ‘chicken dinner’, to what is considered appropriate wedding guest attire. For example white is now not necessarily ‘off’ the menu for guests, and the shiny lilac coat dress with matching shift number is not obligatory for MOTB. Nor is it necessary for everyone to spend the equivalent of a summer holiday attending the event, including the most likely already over-spent MOTB.
Choosing a gorgeous, stand-out outfit – but not too stand-out to look like you’re competing with your daughter, God forbid! – needn’t be a nightmare, nor a one-off outfit never to be seen again. Here’s a selection of high street outfits to suit all budgets with silhouettes to flatter many shapes that we think are stylish, classic and stand-out – for you equally gorgeous mothers.