The wedding season is almost upon us, and after many couples were forced to postpone their nuptials due to the pandemic, 2022 looks set to be a busy summer for happy couples who have rescheduled their ceremonies.
One of the most important roles on the big day is the mother-of-the-bride, which comes with the responsibility of helping her daughter to plan for the wedding. So, when it comes to choosing a mother-of-the-bride (or groom) outfit, you’ll want to make sure it’s a special dress that reflects the theme, colour scheme and season. Achieve the right with a dress that oozes style – and choose something that’s not just another wedding guest dress!
We’ve been searching for the best mother-of-the-bride outfits for a summer wedding, to help you secure the perfect dress that suits your style, body shape and budget.
Here are our top ten outfits to give you some inspiration:
Phase Eight: Monroe Belted Lace Wide Leg Jumpsuit: £179
Throw the mother-of-the-bride rule book out of the window and ditch the dress in favour of a chic jumpsuit. This intricate lace all-in-one features semi-sheer sleeves, a button-through bodice, and calf-length, wide-leg trousers.
Kaleidoscope: Jacquard Dress & Jacket: £169
Be prepared to answer the question ‘where did you get that dress?’ over and over again, with this peacock blue, sleeveless Jacquard dress. The metallic shine gives the dress a luxury feel that makes it look much more expensive than its actual price tag.
We love how the matching bell-sleeved jacket completes the look – and as the evening draws in, it’s the perfect pairing to this striking outfit to keep you warm too.
Monsoon: Lily Embellished Maxi Dress: £300
For a mother-of-the-bride who wants to sparkle on her daughter’s big day, we’ve found a beautiful maxi dress that has delicate sequin embellishments from head to toe. With three-quarter length sleeves it also has a mesh overlay that falls into a flowing skirt,
The dress is also a sustainable option as it’s created using recycled polyester fabrics, ideal for wedding guests who want to shine – yet still play their part in saving the planet.
Karen Millen: Satin Cowl Neck Woven Slip Dress – £87
Victoria Beckham has set the trend for slip dresses, choosing a stunning silver floor-length slip dress for the nuptials of her son, Brooklyn, to Nicola Peltz.
We’ve found this vibrant Karen Millen slip dress with slinky shoulder straps and a draped cowl neckline that skims your curves. Available in coral, lilac and cobalt blue, it can be styled with a simple white bolero jacket and statement colourful brooch.
Boden: Puff Sleeve Linen Midi Dress – £140
Created from cool, breathable linen, this exotic, knee-length floral printed dress is on-point for a summer wedding.
The waist is nipped in with a matching belt to accentuate curves and the elbow-length sleeves are puffed at the shoulders to flatter the upper arms.
Bright, sunny, and oozing style, this dress does all the talking, so keep accessories simple and minimalistic. Team with wedged sandals to complete the look.
Gina Bacconi: Lizelle Chiffon Dress: £250
For understated elegance, this simple yet stunning tie dress is perfect for your daughter’s big day. With short sleeves and a tie-on belt to cinch in at the waist, this dress features a V-neck collar and is fully lined.
It’s available in four colours – navy, dusky pink, sea green and soft mint – which is a perfect pastel shade for summer. The simplicity of this dress allows you to add some statement jewellery, and we love this silver infinity knot necklace and all it symbolises.
Suzannah London: Anna Bow Dress – £1,650
For those who want to blow the budget on an outfit fit for royalty, Suzannah London offers a range of dresses – some of which have been worn by The Duchess of Cambridge. We love this deep pink A-line silk midi dress cut from Italian cloqué fabric, with a darted bodice and flowing skirt.
Hobbs: Helena Silk Floral Midi Dress: £299
If you prefer a dress with long sleeves, this pretty floral silk dress will get you plenty of compliments. Fully lined and created using 100% silk, the dress is hand-printed with blooming azaleas to add a splash of pink to the navy material.
The sheer sleeves help to keep you cool even on the hottest of summer days, and the fit-and-flare style is designed for maximum comfort. Pair with a navy fascinator to complete the look.
French Connection: Diana Forget Me Not Floral Midi Dress – £110
With a flattering A-line skirt and flowing half-length sleeves, this round-necked dress is perfect for a special summer wedding. The pretty pastel blue material is printed with delicate flowers and has a simple self-tie shoestring belt.
Coast: Flare Sleeved Crepe Dress: £79
Proving that mother-of-the-bride outfits need not be expensive, this timelessly elegant crepe dress is perfect for a proud mum to wear.
The pencil style dress hugs the silhouette, and the trendy flared sleeves are on trend with this summer’s style. It’s also available in a choice of twelve colours, so whether you prefer a soft pastel pink or a vibrant sapphire blue, there is sure to be a shade to complement the wedding theme.