top outfit tips for the mother of the bride

Updated June 2014

Second to the blushing bride’s beautiful wedding dress, the outfit you choose to stand beside her in is one you’ll both want to remember forever. You'll want to find a flattering outfit that you love, as well as one that complements the bride’s colour scheme and includes the perfect hat, fascinator , jewellery and bag.

Let us help you tick this off your to-do list with some top tips for finding an outfit to make you look and feel amazing on your daughter’s (or your son's!) big day.

Damsel in a dress Fjord Jacket, Cream


If there’s ever an opportunity to add a little something special to your look, it’s at a wedding. Fascinators add a certain flourish if a hat isn’t you’re thing, whether you go all out with oversized disc styles and popping brights, or simple and chic with a touch of netting and a subtle feathered finish. If your dress is busy in pattern or print though, stick to a single coloured head piece to avoid it all being a bit too much.

Hats are fabulous, so relish in the chance to wear one and give them all a try to find the best fit and feel. For some advice, read our feature on how to wear a hat.

And as for the shoes, bag and jewels, think of them as accents and finishing touches, rather than statements on their own. Light nude sandals and courts are lovely for a soft, elegant touch against all the pretty summer colours out now, and metallic styles add a little sparkle and shine.

Have a fabulous day!

Mix and match

Whilst the likes of Gina Bacconi and Adrianna Papell offer specially-designed dress-and-jacket combos, it’s not always necessary to match your dress to an outer layer from the same brand. Consider your colours and have a bit of a browse; why not add a cream cropped piece to your pastel-toned shift, or pull out a colour in your chosen print and look for a jacket to match? A lighter linen style might be a great choice in warmer, balmier weather. Jaeger, Hobbs, Mango, L.K Bennett and Gerard Darel have some beautifully-cut jackets and smarter blazers in a variety of lengths, textures and tones.

Cachet Rhinestone Pearl Drop Earrings
Dune Decra Glitter Peep Toe Court Shoes, Silver