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Taffeta-free alternatives for the Mother of the Bride's Dress

By on Sep 1st

A little number from Jessica Simpson.


The thought of our batik and blue jeans-loving artist mother donning a demure taffeta sheath and bolero for the wedding strikes us all (but most of all my mom) as a little silly, but she'd still like to wear something festive that reflects her special relationship to the bride and groom.

She's stuck, my sister's stuck, I'm stuck. We'd love some offbeat ideas for the mother of the bride! -Megan

I consulted with my own mom about this one since she too is not the sheath and bolero type. She's a cool chick and totally understands how to look fashionable, non-frumpy, and age appropriate all at the same time.

Your mom should wear something that not only looks and feels good, but that expresses her style (and potentially the style of the wedding!). Here are some suggestions for the Offbeat Bride and Groom's moms out there. (Note: most of these come in plus sizes too!)

This cotton ruffled dress comes in a pretty navy and a cute tie waist. I love ruffly eyelet and a little bit of beach-chic.

Another Jessica Simpson dress… I guess I like them! How about this taupe and lime color-blocking with all those pleats? Adorable.

Destination wedding in Hawaii? Color-loving mom? This might be her dream dress. IGIGI, an awesome plus-size shop, brings you "Rainforest Paradise" maxi.

This empire-waisted, swing skirted dress from Roaman's has a little bit of a retro vibe.

Kiyonna is such an amazing brand for plus-sized women. They really understand how to work the curves. This dress is all scallop, lace, and just the right amount of stretch. It also comes in classic black.

Here is another Kiyonna dress with a similar look and more coverage. It would be nice for a slightly more formal wedding.

Eliza Parker is yet another plus-size specialist who crafts some lovely pieces, including this floor-length jersey knit dress that should drape like a dream.

This chartreuse Jessica London dress has some lovely ruching. It also comes in an coral red.

This crochet-style casual dress from Roaman's would be perfect for an outdoor or barbecue wedding. Or, you know, in my closet! It comes in five colors and plus size too.

Having a renaissance or period wedding? Your mom will look the part in this drape-y loveliness from Lotus Traders. It comes in regular and plus size, and also in a peacock blue.

If your mom is game for some retro style, check out this fit and flare with polka dots.

If your mom doesn't want this one from Avenue, you could totally snap it up as the bride. It's fabulous.

Sometimes you just don't want to sport a skirt, and that's totally cool. You can always get a lightweight pantsuit with little double lapel details like this one.

More awesome color-blocking and a criss-cross top — snazzy. I could see this one dressed up a few different ways.

Granted, this silver sequined dress isn't for every mom, but sometimes they want to look a little saucy for something like a Vegas elopement or a nighttime dance party wedding. This hot number should fit the bill.

So, what is your (or your partner's) mom planning to wear? Let us know in the comments.