10 Elegant and Timeless Dresses For Mother of the Bride or Groom That Don’t Look Matronly

Are you looking for the perfect mother of the bride or groom dress? And how is that going? Such an important and momentous date calls for a beautiful, standout dress but the weightiness of the occasion can also cause some stress and uncertainty…especially when you’re not sure what to wear or what will look best on you. Fear not! We’re sharing a roundup of gorgeous dresses for the mother of the bride or groom along with some pointers on what kind of dress to look for depending on your body shape, height, and personal style. While you certainly don’t won’t to take any glory away from the bride, you deserve to feel and look your best too! These picks run the gamut from elegant to graceful to glamourous to timeless. Notice we didn’t say “matronly”!

We also share some super helpful tips for picking out your MOB or MOG dress in this post.

Mother of The Bride or Groom Dress

Mother of The Bride or Groom Dress

Keep scrolling to find details on each gown. If we could offer you just one key piece of advice, try to cancel out all the noise, what-ifs, and inner criticisms. Choose a dress that makes you feel special and beautiful.

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Figure Flattering

Pretty. That's just the best word we can conjure up to describe this dress. It has a lovely off-the-shoulder neckline and the floral details on the sleeves offer some arm coverage in that part of the arm some of us don't love. It is figure hugging at the waist and hip so this dress would look stunning on someone with an hourglass figure that loves to show her curves!

Make a Statement

If you want to make a statement at the wedding, this pink jacquard column gown with the elegant removeable matching sash by Simkhai is a stunner! This is such a timeless and classic gown with a touch of modern pleating. The waist is cinched in just under the bust adding some definition. This would be a flattering dress on a rectangular or inverted triangle body shape. It is a splurge, but it was TOO good not share in this roundup!

Feminine Floral

If you want to look feminine AND glamorous on the wedding day, this sequin floral flutter sleeve gown checks both boxes. The surplice V-neckline would be flattering if you have a larger bust and the contrasting beading just above the natural waistline adds some nice definition. The skirt floats away from the body and will give you some wonderful movement on the dance floor! This would be a lovely dress for a pear-shaped silhouette. We love the gorgeous copper color and it also comes in lilac.

On-Trend Color

Speaking of lilac, how beautiful is this lace gown with the 3D floral appliqué? Lilac is super on-trend and we love the one shoulder detail. This is another feminine dress that has some really special details but is still classic and sophisticated. The style and cut of this dress is one that would work for pretty much all body types.

Ice Blue Metallic

This dress by Aqua, (that is aqua!) Bloomingdale's in-house brand, is one of the more affordable options in our roundup. This color is one that looks amazing on so many skin tones so get ready for compliments! It's fitted at the bodice, has a sexy (but not too sexy) cut out at the shoulder, and floats away from the body. It's made from a crinkled metallic fabric, so it has some sparkle to it. Pear shaped, rectangular, and both inverted and regular triangle body shapes could all look gorgeous in this dress.

Subtly Gasp-Worthy

We can appreciate that not everyone loves a dress with exposed arms, so we wanted to share this long sleeve satin sheath gown. The jeweled neckline adds the perfect amount of glam. Understated, classy, and what a beautiful berry shade! We shared one additional gown with sleeves below as a BONUS too!

Classic Elegance

Navy is a very popular color for MOBs and MOGs. It's very classic and less stark than black if you tend to shy away from wearing the color black. This dress is for someone who loves her shoulders and wants that timeless Audrey Hepburn look. It has a regal high neck, a small cutout at the back, and, it has pockets! It is elegantly effortless and should work beautifully on most body types.

In Erin's Closet

Erin owns this dress in white and recently wore it while on a family trip to Italy! We wanted to share a dress that wasn't floor length in case you're looking for something a bit less formal. The allover cut-out leaf appliqué is very unique and the details on this dress at the bodice and skirt hem are SO unique and special.

Tons of Colors and Sizes

This gown has a beautiful silhouette, comes in a bunch of colors, and is size inclusive (up to size 22). The oversized bow and draping at the shoulders adds just the right amount of drama for the MOB or MOG. And, it's incredible affordable at just under $200.

Black Tie Beauty

If you're attending a black-tie wedding, this dress would be a stunning option. The halter neckline is modest while the rhinestone trim offers a touch of glam, and the side draping is super elegant. This is a column dress so it would look flattering on a rectangular body shape and inverted triangle.

BONUS - Elevated Shirtdress

This dress is only available in limited sizing, so we didn't include it in our graphic above, but if you are looking for a flattering, long sleeve, sophisticated dress with on-trend details for ALL body types in a gorgeous shade of blue...winner-winner wedding dinner! This dress has it all. The eyelet details on the collar and sleeve are so elegant on this all-season dress.
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