The mother of the bride has been told to play down her outfit

Upstage the bride in style! For too long the mother of the bride has been told to play down her outfit. Not any more

  • Trish Halpin says time has been called on the classic mother of the bride outfit
  • However, guidelines still apply including nothing above the knee and heels 
  • Reveals a selection of styles from UK High Street shops to suit all budgets

When family friends tied the knot this week, it was one of the most fun weddings I can remember.

Having given up on their original plans, scuppered by Covid, for a grand affair in a country pile, they settled for a small register office service.

The bride wore a cream jumpsuit, her bridesmaids a mismatch of floral dresses. I, meanwhile, ditched my go-to wedding look of frills and flounces, and instead opted for a green wool coat-dress, letting my accessories — oversized pearl and emerald earrings, gold sequin shoes — do the talking.

Trish Halpin reveals a selection of the most stylish outfits available from UK High Street shops to suit all budgets. Pictured: Dress, £169, mintvelvet.co.uk; bag, £275, luluguinness.com; heels, £45.99, zara.com; Jennifer Gibson earrings, £220, & Alexis Bittar ring, £225, fenwick.co.uk

Jumpsuit, £112, phase-eight. com; bag, £195, luluguinness. com; shoes, £25.99, zara.com; hat,£250,beverleyedmondsonmillinery.co.uk; earrings, £175, laurence-coste.com

Blouse, £180, lkbennett.com; skirt, £270, pinko.com; bag, £275, luluguinness.com; shoes, £45.99, zara.com; Giallo Grigio headband, £95, fenwick.co.uk

The mother-of-the-bride looked elegant in a printed navy wrap dress with block heels, as did the mother of the groom, in a green floral silk Ghost dress, with blue stilettos.

Time, it seems, has finally been called on the classic mother-of-the-bride outfit: that elegant but predictable combo of boxy dress with matching jacket, hat, shoes and bag in peach, pink or baby blue.

Thankfully, statement dressing has arrived at a new level and the High Street has taken note.

A jumpsuit may seem a bold choice, but this one by Phase Eight is feminine with a twist, thanks to the pleats.

Jacket, £80, riverisland.com; dress, £276.50, paolita.co.uk; shoes, £25.99, zara. com; headband, £235, beverleyedmondsonmillinery.co.uk

Dress, £65, asos.com; bag, £595, aspinaloflondon.com; shoes, £25.99, zara.com; headband, £675, lockhatters.com; Jennifer Gibson earrings, £265, fenwick.co.uk

Dress, £175, Iris & Ink at theoutnet.com; shoes, £29.99, zara.com; hat, £895, emily-london.com; earrings, £175, laurence-coste.com

Remember, some of the classic guidelines do still apply for mothers of the bride: nothing above the knee, sleeves (short or long) and heels are a must — but try to be more original than the classic kitten. There are plenty of other options out there, including Zara’s satin-look blue slingbacks.

Hats are a different matter. If it is a formal affair, a hat is essential if you’re part of the wedding party. But if the bride opts out of a veil or headpiece, you can skip the headwear.

As for guests, you can wear white or cream if paired with darker separates, such as this chic polka-dot shirt.

And bright is all right, too: Mint Velvet’s orange confection looks great with Lulu Guinness’s gorgeous yellow bag. Just fill with confetti and you’re good to go.

Coat, £720, beulahlondon.com; dress, £250, jigsaw-online.com; bag, £49.99, and heels, £45.99, zara. com; hat, £300, bundlemaclaren. co.uk; Alexis Bittar earrings, £245, & ring, £225, fenwick.co.uk

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