The Mother of the Bride has a tightrope to walk when it comes to her outfit…she cannot upstage the bride by being too flashy and nobody wants her to look matronly. If you’re the MOB (a great acronym!), choosing your outfit can be stressful trying to please everyone, match the day but not blend in too much and finding something that fits.
The key to picking this outfit is it has to suit you and the shape you are now…what was or what might be. Make peace with your size and shop accordingly – there’s no overnight cure for love handles, so you might as well look for an outfit that will disguise them and make you feel confident that look your best. One of my favourite books is by Trinny and Susannah, called The Body Shape Bible. This book is one that has changed my whole outlook on shopping – if it’s too tight you look bigger than you are, if you’re over 35, then your skirt needs to be at the middle of the knee, and for goodness’ sakes, get underwear that fits.
My sister, aka The Wise One, has informed me that as we age, women should wear “jewel tones”. That means, if love blue, go for a strong turquoise or royal blue insteand of robin’s egg blue or lavender. If you find a dress that fits and comes in mauve, pale pink or emerald green, then the choice that will probably most flatter your skin tone is the darker.
A long jacket – also called a duster – is an excellent way to skim over any bumps you don’t want to show. At the reception – when the photos are done and you’ve already dazzled in your outfit for the photographs, slip off the coat and you’re ready to dance the night away in your dress. For the dancing, pick a dress with some sparkle or swirl to it, you won’t upstage your daughter by any means, and she will be delighted to see you enjoying the party.