Wedding season is well and truly upon us and as the British summertime delivers its rare doses of sunshine, every bride prays that her day will go without a hitch and the weather will be perfect. This is something I’m acutely aware of as I’m getting married this year in August. However I have started to realise it’s the mum’s at a wedding who often deliver the exceptional support a bride requires, even if the British weather doesn’t co-orperate!
I want to share with you a bit about my realisations throughout the process of planning the big event; and in this piece I wanted to discuss the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom outfits.
I have noticed that both mothers (of bride and groom) with the exception of the bride, are truly the ‘stars of the show’. Often they have contributed the most to organising the event, and supported ideas you may have as a bride by providing practical expertise (mine are making THE cake and 70 cupcakes!)
Yet they also face the scrutiny/gaze of the wedding guests, and everyone will wonder where they got their outfits. They have to make sure they are not wearing the same colour and then there’s the question of a tailored suit or dress, hat or fascinator, print or plain.
The 50 something women of today have more choice than ever on the high street, and having been shopping with both the mother of the groom (soon to be mother in law) and my own mum for their mother of the bride outfits. They both have very specific styles, but have got to a stage in their lives where they truly know what they want and what suits them best. This is something I envy, and am only starting to grasp at the ‘soon to be ripe old age’ of 30.
Forget yummy mummies wandering the high street in trendy cutting edge fashion, while pushing a silver cross pushchair; our mums have grown up. They no longer follow flights of fancy but stick to style rules which have been in place for seasons to ensure women look their best. Mummy chic is something that is earnt with age.
Here are some of my best selections from the high street for ‘mummy chic’ wedding wear….
Carole Middleton did it so well at Kate and Will’s wedding; classic lines, an understated beautiful pale blue and pretty detailing. Sleek.
Steal her style with this dress from Jacques Vert at House Of Fraser. The Turquoise embellished shift dress is a modern twist of the colour and is fresh and classic with pretty detailing. £159 from House of Fraser
My next choice for either mum at a wedding would be this gorgeous print dress from Monsoon. The Rhonda Rose Dress Was £99.00 Now £65 (actually to be worn by my own mother in law to be!) is simply gorgeous. It’s plum and pink oriental inspired print is adventurous but pretty for a summer wedding while, the shape is classic. It has a matching satin plum bag and shoe too which is simply stunning.
Another beautiful dress providing a clean look is this one from Phase Eight. The Sofia Layered Dress (£99.00 Was £140.00) worn with the Alexon Soft brown satin edge bolero (£49.00 Was £80.00) for a modern yet stylish cover-up worn with nude shoes, bag and chocolate brown hat or fascinator for a grown up coordinated look.