I often check in via the WRF Facebook page to see if anyone has special requests for things they would like me to write about or research. A friend of mine is getting married soon (we’ve been swapping stories of wedding-planning woes), and asked that I cover Mother of the Bride styles. I’ve been talking about this with my own Mom, so I’m all about this topic. I just want my Mom to be comfortable and feel beautiful, and to be able to have a blast. That’s all I care about. The typical M.O.B. styles can be… well… meh.
Traditionally, M.O.B. styles are boxy, boring, outdated, and just not fun, sassy, or cute. Why shouldn’t our Mom’s get to have some of the fashion and fun on our big day? Don’t get me wrong- if traditional Mom wedding styles are your thing, I’m not here to judge. My stance on this topic is my usual POV- do what feels and looks right for you!
Seriously. Don’t be afraid to look EVERYWHERE! Shop at your usual haunts, but don’t shy away from trying new places. Look online, go to flea markets, thrift stores, and step into stores you have never been to before.
What you see on the hanger, isn’t what you have to wear on the big day. Alterations don’t cost much, and you may even be able to do them yourself. Raise that hemline, take things in, add (or remove) embellishments. Use your imagination, and let the original garment be your starting point. This doesn’t have to be a major undertaking, but a few minor adjustments could mean a completely different look.
Don’t force yourself to be something you’re not. You don’t have to fit perfectly into the classic M.O.B. box. Be you. Find something that really expresses who you are.
Traditionally, M.O.B. styles are kind of… shapeless. Okay, not shapeless as long as a box counts as a shape in personal fashion. You don’t need to embrace that tradition. Dress for your shape- show it off! Got curves? GREAT, hug them! You are also free to NOT wear a jacket. Throw tradition out the door.
Last, but certainly NOT least… be comfortable! This is so important. This is a big day for the whole family. If you aren’t comfortable, you’ll be so focused on how uncomfortable you are, and you may miss out on the memories. You want to have fun, soak it all in, and enjoy the day. So… do that!
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