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How to Choose a Mother of the Bride Outfit for the Bridal Shower


For many women, the bridal shower is one of the most important events in the lead-up to the big day—one in which her bridal party and mother play a large role, too. It’s a time to toast long friendships and get together with her nearest and dearest for some quality time and a more intimate celebration before the chaos of the wedding day itself. And while the spotlight is clearly on the bride, figuring out a bridal shower outfit for the mother of the bride is a key consideration.


It can be tricky to choose a bridal shower outfit for the mother of the bride, because many invitations won’t necessarily specify a dress code—it’s likely to be more implied than explicitly stated. Here are a few factors to bear in mind when choosing a mother of the bride outfit for a bridal shower.

Time of Day

Bridal showers are typically held in the early or mid-afternoon, which means you’re not likely to need a black tie, formal outfit. If this is the case, the mother of the bride’s bridal shower outfit should veer on the elegant-but-fuss-free side: a simple dress or even a sophisticated blouse with a skirt or dress pants should do the trick. If the bridal shower is an evening event, then keep on reading for other cues as to what to wear…

What’s The Venue?

If the bridal shower is taking place at a bridesmaids’ or even the mother of the bride’s house, a formal look isn’t required—simply opt for an outfit that’s chic and put-together. If, however, the venue is a fine dining restaurant or a high-end hotel, go in something more formal—think a cocktail or midi dress in a dressy fabric such as silk or satin. Whatever the case may be, the mother of the bride should never outdress her daughter, the bride.

Time of Year

Obviously, every mother of the bride should dress for a bridal shower in something that’s weather and season-appropriate: you don’t want to stick out as the person that wore a summer dress to a winter event, and you won’t have an enjoyable time if you’re sweating under winter layers in 90-degree heat. For a winter bridal shower, bring a shawl or stole and consider wearing a slip or stockings under your outfit; for a summer occasion, a lightweight scarf should be enough.

Is There a Theme?

If the bridal shower venue or invitation clearly indicates a theme, definitely follow it. That means flower crowns or daisy chains if it’s a Bohemian theme and lots of glitter and shine for a 70s disco party—you get the idea.


Mother of the bride bridal shower floral dress

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Floral Mock Neck Midi Dress in Dusty Blue Multi

Lightweight and flattering, this stretch chiffon dress is a versatile bridal shower option for the mother of the bride. The signature blouson silhouette is comfortable yet elegant thanks to its ruffled mock neck and flowy, midi-length bias skirt. Keep jewelry to a minimum; a small bag and flats or heels (depending on the venue and time of day) are enough.


Mother of the bride plus size chiffon dresses

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Plus Size Chiffon & Crepe Bias Dress in Icy Topaz in Mint Smoke

This dress is cut slightly on the shorter side, which makes it a more suitable mother of the bride option for morning or afternoon bridal showers. The blouson chiffon bodice, flutter sleeves, and graceful crepe skirt are flattering details for every mother of the bride. Add strappy sandals or heels and delicate jewelry for a polished finish.


Mother of the bride bridal shower velvet dresses

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Velvet Sheath Dress in Antique Rose

A sheath dress is always classic: it’s a shape that works on most body types, can be dressed up or down with accessories, heels and makeup, and is a style that you’ll turn to for years to come. This antique rose velvet version is an ideal mother of the bride option for a winter bridal shower: team with simple metallic pumps or sandals, and finish with earrings or a cocktail ring for a bit of personality.

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