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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