Shopping for mother of the bride dresses is somewhat of a tricky task to navigate. If your daughter is soon to marry her soulmate, there will be no prouder moment than when you see her walking down the aisle in her wedding dress. However, although it is almost certainly her big day, there is no doubt you will want to look your best too, but you also don’t want to outshine her, and you need to be mindful of the dress code. You probably want to consider comfort too, considering you will be in the outfit from the early morning through to late evening. If you want some inspiration, here are some elegant mother of the bride dresses to consider.

Floor Length Evening Gown

If the theme of the wedding is white tie, you’ll definitely want to make sure you get the dress right. This is a rare dress code for weddings these days, which can make it harder to know what to go with. However, what you need to keep in mind is that white tie is a couple of levels up from black tie. The rules are usually quite strict for men, with a white bow tie having to make an appearance, but luckily for women, the rules are a little more relaxed. Think glamorous, graceful and almost regal. A floor length evening gown can work beautifully here. Mother of the bride dresses don’t have to be frumpy either; accessorize them with a jewel encrusted clutch, high heels and your best jewelry.

Cotton Sundress

If you are lucky enough to be accompanying your daughter on a destination wedding, you’ll want to get the balance just right between being light and airy, yet chic enough that the guests know you’re the mother of the bride. Mother of the bride dresses for exotic destinations can include cotton sundresses paired with extra glam sandals or wedges and a wide brim sun hat. With this dress code you’ll have plenty of options to choose from, but not all of them will be suitable for a wedding. If you’re unsure as to whether a dress you have your eye on is dressy enough, it probably isn’t; go for something a little more glam.

Cocktail Dress

A more popular theme for weddings is black tie, and if this is the dress code, your go-to option is a cocktail dress. You have a wider choice here, but you need to be mindful of the color. Obviously, whites, ivories and similar shades are out of the question for respect for your daughter, and black should be avoided too. Black is usually reserved for funerals and other formal events, so you don’t want to be sending the wrong message as the mother of the bride! You’ll want to keep the color in keeping with the color palette chosen for the bridesmaids, but you can afford to mix it up with accessories here. An elegant pair of flats or kitten heels will finish the look while also keeping you comfortable throughout the day.

Hopefully these choices have given you some inspiration for mother of the bride dress shopping!