Modern Mother-of-the-Bride Looks That Are the Opposite of Matronly

Modern Mother-of-the-Bride Looks That Are the Opposite of Matronly

MOB frocks that are chic and sexy without stealing the show. 

Beyond the maid of honor, flower girl—even the estranged family member—no single guest (besides the bride, of course) garners as much attention on the wedding day than the mother of the bride. After all, if it weren’t for her expert ability to de-escalate a bridal meltdown and her uncanny knack for pairing flowers and frosting, you might not all be “gathered here today” to revel in the power of love (and bottomless champagne). 

When it comes to her daughter’s wedding day, the last thing a mom should be is matronly. A quick Google search of mother of the bride attire drums up all kinds of outdated atrocities, from ill-fitting chiffon pantsuits to shapeless polyester blazers. If you ask me, the modern MOB shouldn’t be afraid to flex her fashion muscle—and show a little sex appeal while she’s at it. Scroll down to see 15 wedding day ensembles that will have the bride saying, “I got it from my momma.”  

BHLDN Lucent Dress

This form-hugging hand-sewn sequin frock by Adrianna Papell is a true statement maker. 


BHLDN Pierre Dress

A nod to Art Deco scalloped motifs, this lacy number by Mignon Doo delivers in vintage glamour. 


Vince Camuto Beaded Cuff Ruched Jersey Gown

Equal parts slinky and sophisticated, Vince Camuto’s jersey gown is the perfect winter wedding ensemble. Tip: Play up the beaded cuffs by taking a minimalist approach to jewelry. 

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $188 

Eliza J Lace Sheath Dress

This modern sheath by Eliza J with illusion sleeves and a collarbone-baring neckline proves lace doesn’t always have to be matronly. 

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $158

Dress the Population Phoebe Chiffon Gown

With a plunging neckline and a cinched waist, this burgundy chiffon gown is sexy without stealing the show. 

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $278

Gauchere Velvet Dot Devore Slipdress

If you still need convincing that wearing black to a wedding is an oudated no-no, try on this chic sheer velvet slip by Gauchere that’s anything but gloomy. 

BUY FROM: Barney’s, $735

Azeeza Negovan Silk Chiffon Tent Dress

Drape yourself in Azeeza’s periwinkle silk plisse chiffon tent dress for a comfortable wedding-day ensemble that’s killer on the dance floor. 

BUY FROM: Barney’s $695

Tahari Printed Bow Front Gown

A bold print goes a long way. Case in point: this peony printed pleated gown by Tahari with an oversized bow detail at the waist. Bonus mother-daughter points if her bouquet matches! 

BUY FROM: Macy’s, $239

Jessica Howard Bell Sleeved Sheath Dress

Bell sleeves and keyhole cutouts make this shimmering platinum sheath perfectly retro and extra flirty.

BUY FROM: Macy’s, $58.99

Lauren Ralph Lauren Long Sleeved Color Blocked Gown

Ralph Lauren’s elegant colorblocked gown is sexed up thanks to a leggy side seam. 

BUY FROM: Macy’s, $170

Aidan Mattox Cocktail Dress


This fun and festive frock by Aidan Mattox features champagne chevrons and a kicky asymmetrical hem, ensuring all eyes will be on you come toast time.

BUY FROM: Rue La La, $89.99

Zimmerman Bow Mini Dress


An open-shoulder silhouette and ruched draping make this blushy satin mini impossibly flattering. 

BUY FROM: Shopbop, $590


An updated spin on the blush motif that’s dominated weddings of late, this marbled floral stretch sheath is eyecatching without being over-the-top. 

BUY FROM: Shopbop, $249


If dresses just aren’t your thing, this silk and charmeuse wide-leg jumpsuit is a fashion-forward alternative to a formal gown.  

BUY FROM: Shopbop, $598


It’s all in the details with this Trosophie frock graphic grid-printed sheer mesh and embroidered floral appliqués. 


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