"FAQs" (Frequently asked questions) have to do with the shopping logistics, and basic questions, such as:
When should I start shopping and getting ideas? Shouldn't I just be focusing on my daughter and not be concerned about what I wear? Should I wait until I lose that 10 pounds I have been promising myself I would lose? I don't want to look too "old" but not as though I am trying to look "too young." What is there that is appropriate for my age? How formal or casual should I look? Where can I get assistance in putting together my look and my outfit? I have concerns about de-emphasizing area, how can I do that and still have a pretty look and not be too covered up?
Today, the dresses or suits for the mother of the bride are all about enhancing your natural style. Let go of any concerns about your figure and instead, look for a color and style that flatters you and that you will enjoy wearing. The stylists and assistants who work in specialty shops are often familiar with the type of concerns you might have and can help you select an attractive look. They usually know the "tricks of the trade," such as how to camoflauge one area and highlight another area. Even if your weight does go up or down, alterations can be done. Specialty stores normally provide fittings and alterations. With a loosely fitted dress, such as the one shown below, any fluctuations in weight can be easily adjusted.
Mother of the Bride is in sage green silk, figure-skimming dress with demure V-neckline, delicate beading detail,
gently flared skirt, graceful chiffon jacket with dropped shoulder. This is a versatile and flexible look that is perfect for a reception at a beach resort. Groom's mother in three piece pants outfit with attention focused on jacket detail. Scoop neckline on the shell, jacket shape, and jewelry coordinates with MOB.
The sooner you start to look for your dress or outfit, the better. Ideally, try to allow at least three to six months. We recommend this for a number of reasons. You are going to be shopping for a dress at least one and possibly more seasons ahead of when you will be wearing it. Depending on where you shop, your dress might be a special order. If it is custom-made, you will need to make sure the fabric in the color you want is available. You will also want to choose accessories. Then if you are going to help the other mother or the grandmothers coordinate their outfits with the color scheme, you will have time to help them. Also, the "peace of mind" factor is something to keep in mind. And, finally, you may find that you want several new outfits for all of the other related activities. Sometimes, you can find everything you need in one specialty shop, which will greatly simplify the coordination of your ensembles. If you shop in a custom-made shop, they will always have your measurements on file, making future shopping easy and convenient.
Seleting a style will depend on the season and location of the wedding and reception. You can gather ideas by browsing through magazines and visiting speciality shops or the formal wear department of your favorite store. Considering the season, location, and degree of formality, you'll next need to decide on either a dress, a gown, or a suit. The speciality shop or better department store will usually do alterations and schedule fittings. Often, dressy clothing is sized a bit large with the expectation that alterations will be done. How much time to allow will depend on the store. If the dress has to be ordered, then fitted and altered, you will need more time. If you go to a shop where they make their own designer clothes, it will take less time. They are also experts on altering their own designs to insure a perfect fit. Today's looser fitting styles are easier to wear, even with suits.
With the suit shown below, a slightly fitted jacket in silk duipionni has more structure and shape and is an easy solution to creating a polished, poised look that minimizes any figure flaws. A single breasted style
is comfortable to leave buttoned.
Groom's Mother is radiant in an easy fitting silk suit with notched collar detail to draw