When it comes to style, there is one person who has a truly thankless task when it comes to dressing for a wedding. This person is not the bride, who has the enviable task of trying on beautiful dress after beautiful dress, knowing that eventually she will find ‘the one’ – the ultimate dress of her dreams. No, the lady with the rather more difficult task is the Mother of the bride.
Why you may ask, is this task so difficult? Well, think about it. It is your beloved child’s wedding so you absolutely want to look your very best, but even though it is very much your day too, you don’t want to overshadow, or clash with the bride. Rather you want to be able to compliment and maybe even co-ordinate with the chosen colour scheme, whilst still maintaining your own fashion style and personality. You will also be wearing the outfit for a good many hours, so you want to be comfortable as well as stylish, and want the outfit to be something that can carry you from day to night, from the formality of the service, to the fun of the reception.
Compton House of Fashion has a great range of mother of the bride outfits, including designer styles from the likes of Mon Cherie, Roland Joye and Ian Stuart. The ranges come in a spectrum of colours and styles that should allow a stylish mother of the bride (or groom for that matter) to be able to blend beautifully into the wedding day, adding to the stylish ambience of the day.
If you have a son or daughter who is getting married this year, you could take some inspiration from some stylish celebrity mother’s of the bride, and their style choices, along with some suggestions from the current season at Compton House of Fashion.
White is no longer a faux pas
Kris Jenner and Tina Knowles.
Once upon a time, wearing white was considered a real faux pas at a wedding unless you were the one actually getting married. But these days it is not an issue if the bride has decided on a white colour scheme for the bridal party. The co-ordination can create a stunning tableau for the wedding photographs and can be a stark and stylish choice. Consider Kris Jenner, the Kardashian matriarch who wore white at both of Kim’s weddings, or the stunning look worn by Tina Knowles when Solange wed.
White is alright
Echo a feature of the bridal look
I love the dress that actress Susan Sarandon chose for her daughter’s wedding. Rather than co-ordinating with the brides dress in terms of colour, she echoed the beautiful lace neckline of her daughters gown. I loved the colour of the gown, and this was a subtle and elegant way to compliment the bridal look.
Colour is good too
There has been a definite trend towards pastels and neutrals for Mother of the Brides in recent times, but this is not the law, and bright primary colours can look stunning too. Actress Mary Steenburgen shows this to vibrant effect with her beautiful deep blue dress that would totally stand out against a sea of nude and neutral shades.
Elegance is the key
A lady who has proved to be a Queen when it comes to Mother of the Bride dressing is Carole Middleton. The mother of the Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton has had plenty of experience in recent years and has shown that simple elegance is often the best way to choose your outfit.
Carole has opted for frock coat styles that are perfect for the unpredictable British weather, and keeps the accessories to a minimum, with a simple style often teamed with a show stopping hat. The frock coat enables you to wear a shift dress underneath – the answer to what to wear for the reception because with the addition of some strappy sandals and a statement necklace, this outfit turns from formal to fun.
All outfits featured come from the Mother of the Bride selection at Compton House of Fashion.