Wedding Season is fast approaching now and if any of you are in remotely the same situation that was in 2 years ago (10 weeks to go and my mum running about like a headless chicken still having NOTHING TO WEAR!) You’d have thought she was getting married!
Joking aside it’s a massive deal for most Mums, finding something to wear on such an important day. I know my usually super confident Mum developed all sorts of insecurities about choosing the right item, feeling the pressure of being the MOB, worrying about her (self perceived and completely not a problem) body hang-ups, not wanting to look too under dressed/over dressed/mutton dressed as lamb… it was quite an ordeal. And of course I wanted her to look hands down fabulous whilst feeling totally comfortable and able to enjoy the day.
So today I’m doing a little round up of gorgeousness I’ve seen in the shops as spring designs (and colours) flood in. Do send this along to any internet savvy Mums out there, or let it guide your shopping trips, I hope it takes just a little bit of the stress out of it and pressure off!
Right on trend florals are everywhere this season with Milly leading the way… Hayley (pink) floral print dress,Milly – Net a Porter
Erdem at Net a Porter. For something a little more graphic and modern, in a shape that could either be bold or forgiving (consider cinching the waist with a belt) how about thisPeony Print dress, from Jaeger? Want real designer kudos or just a timeless treat? No-one does floral like Erdem.
This Hepburn Silk mix Dress from LK Bennett doesn’t look much in the shot above but in the cloth it’s a beautiful sheeny golden oyster colour with mesh top insert making a classic style totally modern. As with All LK Bennett designs the length is always totally MOB appropriate too. They also have a lace offering in the Lexi Dress, a popular taupe colour with some coverage in the chest area without looking matronly. Going for Grey? How about his stylish Grey Temperley London Dress – Net a Porter with detailed embellishment plus shoulder coverage.
With bold brights being so hot right now on the catwalk, I’m living in hope that we see more of this trend on Maids. I have always thought it was nice to have the MOB toning with the Maids and bridal party, not only does it look good, but my Mum is also like my best friend so it seemed only right to include her like this. My maids wore Raspberry pink and Mum wore a cream Jaeger dress with purple and lime green pattern, plus purple accessories which blended perfectly.
The Arm Saviours…
Every woman has their body hang-ups but as Mums get older the biggest ones seem to be bingo bettys. As well as encouraging your mum to join you in the gym or just get those upper arms toned with a few Bingo Betty exercises at home and some hand weights, an arm cover up might be the solution to her worries.
All of the dresses featured today have been chosen to be age appropriate and the perfect length whilst making Mum feel a million dollars but these beauties also have the added bonus of arm coverage. I’m loving these floral brights from Viyella. The high street wins out with this French Connection Coral Dare to Dream Dress number, which would look great with a fabulous belt and matching shoes/bag to make it more classic. Don’t mind your mum wearing white? It might even be fate if you’re choosing to put your maids in pale tones too, this is a decidedly modern take on the wrap dress for a super chic MOB, by Karen Millen.
One store I was really impressed with when browsing for this post was Hobbs, so much so, it gets a mention all of it’s own.
There’s a lovely selection of jackets and dresses in flattering cuts, varying styles and bold brights. Definitely don’t miss it off your shopping list for a selection of modern and stylish occasion wear.
Advice to save your Sanity!
Look for styles that make your Mum feel comfortable.
This might be the first time she’s worn something for such a big occasion in several years so be kind, whilst encouraging her to try new things.
Don’t stick with ‘occasion wear brands’ – try the high street and even your own favourite shops, just look for appropriate lengths and shapes.
Don’t forget accessories. Make sure she’s carrying a fabulous bag for those tissues, rocking some stand out heels and consider statement jewellery to vamp up a simple shift.
When it comes to head gear anything goes. Lots of Mums want to wear a hat but fascinators, combs or even jewelled headbands or florals when done right can be just as effective.
So what is your Mum wearing or have you any must stop shops to add to the list above?