Special occasions call for spectacular outfits, but putting together the perfect mother of the bride look might just be one of the trickiest fashion tasks known to women! Walking that fine line between looking your best and not stealing the show from your daughter can be a challenge.
Never fear, though – we’re here to help with the best fashion tips for the season. Whether you’re on the lookout for something different, or you’re after a classic, chic ensemble, we’ve got you covered. Our edit of sophisticated pieces will not only have you looking fabulous from morning to night, but they’re sure to keep you comfortably on your feet for a good few hours.
The perfect matching set
What better way to choose an outfit for a wedding than to pick the full ensemble in one easy swoop? This fabulous floral set will see you through from the ceremony well into the evening festivities. Jacket, R1 995; Dress, R1,795.00, both 8 to 24, Over the Moon
Count your ‘summer wedding in the countryside’ sorted with this gorgeous floral print skirt. The bold colours mean you can match the skirt with a plain blouse that suits your style for the day. Dress up the look with this season’s statement heels. R169, 30 to 44, Mr Price
The ultimate metallic dress
Add some more sparkle to your daughter’s special day with this figure-flattering midi dress, complete with elbow-length sleeves for good coverage. Perfect for a glamorous evening reception. R899, Zara. Available in store.
Feeling a little nervous about baring your arms? Slip into this gorgeous 1920s-style cover-up. It’ll go well with almost any outfit, thanks to its neutral hue, and will instantly inject a little pizzazz into a simple dress. R899, Forever New
The winning maxi dress
This subtle beaded maxi dress is the ideal elegant option for a formal occasion. It’ll conceal arms, has a flattering empire cut and will enhances your bust too! R3 499, S to L, Mango
Fascinate in our favourite fascinator of the year! This sleek little peach number is standout enough to draw attention for all the right reasons, but understated enough to allow you – and your fabulous outfit – to remain centre stage. R149, Fruugo
Beautiful block heels
Looking for a flattering heel that you’ll be able to wear all day and all summer long? Look no further. The nude hues in these shoes lengthen legs and work with any outfit.
Sparkle in flat pumps
Don’t feel like heels? These flats are so stylish and flattering that you’ll be the envy of every other guest. R1 700, Karen Millen. Available in store.
Prefer a polished look, but worried that the mother of the bride trouser/skirt suit is a tad clichéd? Set radars to stun with this softly flattering kimono-style blazer. R4 980, 30 to 38, Ted Baker. Available in store.
The best shimmer clutch
Going for an understated outfit? Make a statement with a sparkly clutch. This bronze beauty is big enough for all your essentials, and also available in black. R299, Accessorize
The chic jumpsuit
A jumpsuit might sound a little ‘out there’ for a mother of the bride outfit, but find the right one and it’ll take all the stress out of occasion dressing in an instant. And anyway, if you can’t dress to impress on your daughter’s wedding day, when can you? This throw-on-and-go jumpsuit will have you looking effortlessly chic in the time it takes to say ‘I do’. R450, 8 to 18, Contempo
The stylish sunhat
Looking for the perfect outfit topper – then go for a hat! This one is perfect for a daytime garden wedding. R199, Woolworths
Double layer dress
Looking for one piece that looks like you’ve put in the effort of matching separates? Then this dress is perfect for you. This flattering style will conceal arms, tummy and skim over hips! R499, 8 to 24, Contempo
The perfect blouse
Prefer separates? Layer this enchanting blouse over a soft cami and pair with wide-legged tailored trousers, a chic pencil skirt or an A-line midi skirt… you can’t go wrong. R411, 6 to 16, Miss Guided at Superbalist
The wide leg trouser
These beautifully cut trousers will lengthen and slim legs while emphasising beautiful curves. Team with a classic blouse and nude kitten heels for the perfect pared-back (but on-point) mother of the bride look. Add a bit of sparkle with accessories like a glitzy clutch, belt of pair of oversized jewellery. R529, 32 to 50, H&M. Available in store.
By Fashion assistant, Tiamara Naidoo
A fashion design graduate and the current fashion editor for Woman&Home magazine. She is a creative soul who thinks fashion should be an expression of one’s imagination, also she’s a self-proclaimed fashion guru.