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3 Wedding Day Looks Mothers of the Bride Should Avoid

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Nov 072016
 
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It used to be that the biggest concern a bride had about her mother's wedding outfit was that the mother of the bride didn't wear anything close to white. In my opinion, nobody is supposed to wear white, except the bride. But it's doubly inappropriate when it looks like the mother of the bride is trying to steal attention away from her own daughter.

I don't think Emily Post could have even conceived of some of the atrocious mother-of-the-bride outfits I've had the pleasure of seeing in almost 10 years of wedding planning, or she would have dictated some stricter rules.

It isn't the really ugly dresses that stand out in my mind — those were entertaining, but not all that memorable. The ones I cannot get out of my head stood out for entirely different reasons. Reasons that would made any logical mother realize that she absolutely, positively should not have worn that outfit in public, much less to her daughter's wedding. Here, the top 3 wedding day looks mothers of the bride should steer clear from.

Avoid the See-Through Look
I don't care how fashionable sheer fabrics are, you must be very, very careful that you're not showing off everything when you are backlit in your wedding outfit. On more than one occasion, I've actually cringed through an entire wedding ceremony when, from my angle, with the sun setting behind them, I could see EVERYTHING but the mother of the bride's dress. Her bra was completely visible, but so was her thong.

I've seen this exact same peep-show over and over again at "white" weddings, where everybody is asked to wear all white clothing. In one unfortunate case, the bride's mom had a horrendous wedgie, in very sheer white organza pants. And the guests stood through the ceremony. That wedding photographer had to do A LOT of editing.

Avoid Showing Too Much Skin
Lightweight, colorful maxi dresses are wildly popular at summer and tropical weddings, but not everybody can wear them well. And wearing them well means having the appropriate undergarments to keep everything in place, not just having enough fabric there to cover your private parts. I understand the challenge of finding something summery with enough strap to cover my bra. I also know how hard it is to find the right bras that offer support, and can be hidden, under the most popular strappy looks.

Too often, we see mothers of the bride in dresses that do not flatter their shape, or properly cover their curves. I don't care if the dress supposedly has a built in bra, if you've got C-cup or bigger, you need more support than some stitching inside an organza dress can ever provide.

See More: 5 Tips to Soothe a Stressed Mother of the Bride

Avoid Being a Showstopper
It's your daughter's big day, and you want to look good. But you shouldn't choose a dress that stands out in a big way from the way all the other guests. For example, if your daughter's having an afternoon wedding on the beach, and cocktails and dinner in a tent, it's not the time to choose a full-length beaded gown. It's also not the time to bust out a brightly-sequined cocktail dress of questionable length.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.

The 3 Need-to-Know Style Tips for Every Mother of the Bride

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Jun 132016
 
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You've dreamt about this day for years, and plotted and planned it for months. No, it's not your wedding day, it's your child's wedding day — and you have every right to look just as good as they do! Here are some style tips every Mother of the Bride should know:

1. Shop During the Right Season
It may be your first instinct to start shopping for dresses the minute you find out your kid has gotten engaged. But if you are shopping during the wrong season, the lack of selection may leave you feeling underwhelmed and hopeless. If it's a summer wedding and you have the time, wait until those dress selections hit stores in early spring, and vice versa for winter dresses at the beginning of fall.

Also, while custom bridal boutiques carry dress options for you, many of those options will require alterations. Don't be afraid to browse regular department stores whose dresses run more true to size and may provide more of a formal wear selection.

2. Make Sure The Dress Is Picture Perfect

Once you've narrowed it down to your top picks, take pictures of the dresses from every angle in the dressing room. Some dresses look great in person but do not translate in pictures.

While more fabric on a dress may make you feel more secure in it, those looks can often make you look dowdy. Opt for dresses that really cinch that waistline and give you an hourglass illusion in pictures. After all, it's those pictures that last a lifetime, so err on the side of what looks best in them!

3. Trust Your Gut
Yes, your daughter may try and force you into something she thinks is hip and cool, but you are the one wearing the dress, so make sure you are totally comfortable in it. Do not don a style of dress you wouldn't be caught dead in just because it's what your daughter wants.

See More: How to be the best Mother of the Bride ever!

Raquel Kelley is an E! Fashion Police Producer & Wedding Blogger living in Los Angeles. While going through the wedding process herself, she felt it was only fair to share with other brides what really happens on the road to the altar. She launched her blog www.iguessido.com as an inspirational, yet humorous and realistic take on the world of weddings. It may not be roses, but it will always be true. It's the "Stories Behind The Pretty Pictures."

BRIDES Chicago: Places to Shop for Chic and Modern Mother-of-the-Bride (and Groom!) Outfits

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Feb 142016
 

Once that perfect wedding gown has been chosen and the bridesmaids have their head-to-toe looks ready to go, it's time to focus on another VIP of the day: the mother of the bride! Every bride wants her mom to look and feel spectacular on the big day. And while it may be easy to find MOB looks that are classic and conservatively elegant, what about the mom who wants to change things up a bit?

Thankfully, Chicago offers several chic options for the mother of the bride who's looking for something a bit more forward-thinking and modern for her daughter's wedding. While classic is always a lovely choice, sleek and modern can be stunning too. Below are some go-to shopping destinations for the MOB (and MOG!) ready for a contemporary spin on her wedding day look.

M2057 by Maria Pinto
Maria Pinto may be best known for dressing First Lady Michelle Obama (think sleek emerald and purple sheath dresses). Pinto, a longtime Chicago resident, recently debuted a new line, M2057 by Maria Pinto, which consists of modern, minimalist fashions. She offers on-trend dresses, jackets, and separates made from supremely flattering, travel-friendly fabrics that are ideal for all wedding-related events. Pinto's new store in Chicago's trendy West Loop makes you feel like you're entering the city's hippest art gallery — that just happens to sell amazing clothes.

Space519
The Space519 boutique inside the 900 North Michigan shops is home to edgy, cool-girl designs that tend towards the more casual. However, they recently started carrying By Malene Birger, a go-to Danish brand that makes unique and sophisticated ready-to-wear pieces that would make any chic mom swoon. While there, check out Space519's gorgeous selection of statement jewelry and handbags as well.

See More: Don't Miss a Moment of Your Big Day With These Chicago Photographers

Talia
A quick jaunt north up Lake Michigan will bring you to Talia, a one-of-a-kind Evanston boutique for the modern-leaning woman. Talia features a variety of international designers and a friendly and fashionable staff who will help Mom with the perfect look for any type of wedding.

Nordstrom
The Nordstrom on Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile just received a shiny new renovation, which makes the already incredible shopping experience that much more fun. You'll find fabulous dresses at all price points and for all body types. Plus, there's the option of having your very own Nordstrom personal stylist to help you choose the best pieces for every wedding occasion.

Want to see more Chicago mother of the bride dress shops? Check out our Chicago Dresses page to find your MOB and MOG gowns!

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5 Chic Mother of the Bride Dresses and How to Style Them

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Dec 222015
 

The day your daughter gets married will undoubtedly be one of the biggest celebrations of your life, so, looking the part is a necessity. You'd never steal attention away from the bride, but that doesn't mean you have to look anything less than impossibly chic and radiant. Long are the days of the standard, mother-of-the-bride dresses that were overly-embellished and frumpy. Now, you can show off your flair for fashion in a design that is expertly-tailored, fun, and legitimately makes you feel good. Here, five chic styles you can buy right now, and the accessories to pair them with.

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1. Reconsider ruffles and make elegance look effortless with this gorgeous gown. Wear your hair off of your neck and your décolletage bare to really let the number's sweetheart neckline play centerstage. And these Art-Deco inspired earrings will take the entire thing up a notch: glamorous and statement-making, though not so attention-stealing that they take anything away from your dress. Strapless Contrast Ruffle Gown, $670, Badgley Mischka available at Saks Fifth Avenue & Reflection Pave Montana Glass Crystal Drop Earrings, $340, Lulu Frost available at Lane Crawford

See More: Can a Mother of the Bride Wear White to the Wedding?

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2. Sophistication is on the menu with this off-the-shoulder jumpsuit. Accent it with a crystal-adorned necklace and channel one of your favorite of-the-moment style trends. Catarina Pantsuit, $240, Misha Collection available at Misha Collection & Debutante Crystal Necklace, $260, CA&LOU available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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3. Opt for unabashed femininity and go for pink when clad in this rosy, floral-embroidered dress. Anchor it with simplicity by wearing a classic pair of ankle-strap sandals. Pink Floral-Embroidered Halter-Neck Dress, $2,495, Lela Rose available at Neiman Marcus & Jane Ankle Strap Sandals, $695, Saint Laurent available at Nordstrom


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4. This shimmering textured number is timeless in silhouette, but modern in embellishment and details—thanks to its flash of leg at the front and studded belt. Choose a sparkling bracelet to add an extra dose of charm: you won't need much more than that. Sleeveless Collared Belted Gown, $1,295, Carmen Marc Valvo available at Neiman Marcus & Signature Crystal Genuine Swarovski Bracelet, $150, 1928 Jewelry available at Amazon

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5. Go retro-inspired with a dress fit for a Hollywood siren. Inject some sparkle with a festive glitter clutch. A pair of simple, pointed-toe pumps will complete the look perfectly. Floral Placement Print Wiggle Dress, $90, ASOS Occasion available at ASOS & Glitter Minaudiere, $58, Glint available at Nordstrom

Nov 182015
 
Crazy Mother in Law Wedding Stories

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Think your mother-in-law is actually a monster-in-law? You may think differently after you read what these real mother-in-laws did to these brides on their wedding days.

"After the wedding, my mother-in-law came up to me — not to tell me I looked beautiful or welcome me to the family — but to tell me how excited she was that my husband's ex-girlfriend was in attendance. She then asked if she could move her place card and sit next to his ex-girlfriend because she had always been her favorite. I wanted to die. My relationship with her has never been the same." — Kate

"My mother-in-law wore a white, beaded, full-length gown, (yes, she wore a wedding gown to a wedding that was not hers) to my wedding. She then yelled at me when the florist got the flowers wrong. The flowers were wrong for the whole wedding, but the ceremony was starting in an hour — what was I supposed to do? I felt as though she had no respect for me. And, as time went on, her behavior did nothing to dispel that feeling. I've been divorced from her son for three years, and I do not miss her. Not one bit." — Stacey

See More: So, You're Not Crazy About Your Mother-in-Law. Here's What to Do

"My mother-in-law came up to me in the middle of our wedding, and said she was taking her friends and family to the after-party at her hotel. I said, 'But the party isn't over yet', because we still had about another hour-and-a-half left at our reception. She said she understood if I couldn't leave now, but she was leaving and taking her friends with her. I was pretty shocked and still somewhat hurt since she hasn't apologized for it." — Ivonne

"I wore an eggshell wedding gown, and my bridesmaids were dressed in silvery-grey knee length dresses. I spoke with my soon to be mother-in-law, well in advance of the wedding about our color scheme, and I requested that she wear blue. I even went to her favorite department store and picked out the shade of blue and style of dress that I wanted her to wear for the wedding. It was well within her budget, and well ahead of time. To my horror, on my wedding day, my mother-in-law was standing in the front pew of the church decked out from head-to-toe in silver sequins! I didn't take any photos with her. I felt so disrespected and angry." — Sheridan

BRIDES Northern California: The Best Stores for Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses in San Francisco

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Oct 232015
 

Though the bride and groom take the spotlight at any wedding, the couple's mothers should be able to look and feel their best as well. Mother-of-the-bride (and mother-of-the-groom) dresses don't have to be old-fashioned and outdated, as several bridal specialty stores and departments stores now carry fashionable gowns and dresses for any style of mom and any style of wedding. The following places offer mother-of-the-bride couture worthy of the big day.

Siri Inc.
Fashion industry veteran Beverley Siri opened her first apparel shop in San Francisco in 1988; after her designs became popular with bridesmaids who wanted to avoid the dreaded taffeta poof, she began to specialize in dresses for stylish 'maids. Since 2004, she's also offered a huge selection of special occasion dresses, gowns, and separates in a wide variety of styles and fabrics, from feminine and flirty chiffon cocktail dresses to regal floor-length Duchess satin gowns. Read real brides' reviews here!

Nelly's Bridal
Billing itself as a place "where memories that last a life time begin," Nelly's Bridal Boutique offers mother of the bride dresses that range from contemporary to traditional, black tie to bohemian, from well-known bridal and bridesmaid designers such as Alfred Angelo, JADE, and Jordan Fashions. Read real brides' reviews here!

See More: Now That You've Found the Dress, Let These San Fransisco Jewelers Help You Find Accessories to Match!

eDressit
Established in 2004, eDressit offers bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride gowns, shoes, and accessories in a range of styles. Mother-of-the-bride dresses start at just over $100 and come in a variety of colors, fabrics and cuts, from cocktail dresses to embellished couture ballgowns. Any dress can be customized to make it one-of-a-kind, and for those indecisive moms, unworn off-the-rack dresses can be returned within 10 days of purchase. Read real brides' reviews here!

St John
If mom's in the mood to splurge, make a beeline for St John (also available at Nordstrom). This designer of high-end knits also makes a beautiful collection of dazzling gowns. Go glam in a floor-length sleeveless liquid satin gown, or try on a more stately look in an embellished knit gown with mermaid train. St John dresses are classic elegance, but with a price tag to match. Dresses start at $1,800 and go up from there.

Want to see more San Francisco dress salons? Check out our San Francisco dresses page to find your gorgeous gown!

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Oct 132015
 
Los Angeles Stores for Mother of the Brides Dresses

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Your mother has supported you through all of the wedding planning meltdowns since the moment your soon-to-be-hubby slipped that ring on your finger, so she without a doubt deserves to look just as fabulous as you on the big day! With five-star service and designer wares, these Los Angeles boutiques cater to the one of the most important wedding attendees — your mom!

BHLDN
An offshoot of bohemian clothier Anthropologie, BHLDN has rapidly transformed into the ultimate boutique for budget-conscious and fashion-forward bridal parties. With pieces priced between $220 and $880, and a range of designs including thoughtful details such as lace overlay, floral motifs, and delicate beading, there is an option for every mother of the bride at the boutique's South Beverly Drive location. Read real brides' reviews here!

Barney's New York, Beverly Hills
Barneys is beloved in New York for its selection of cutting-edge designer wares, and the department store's Beverly Hills outpost offers an equally pleasing array of attire. Whether your mother prefers a simple Vera Wang sheath or an edgy Proenza Schouler design, this mega boutique's streamlined Wilshire Boulevard outpost is a go-to source for luxury.

Lili Bridals
55-year-old Lili Bridals is a staple in the Los Angeles area for its wide selection of gowns and accessories. Business owner Lisa Litt inherited the salon from her grandmother, and continues the company's legacy of courteous service. Mothers who adore gowns by the likes of Sue Wong, Montage, and Cameron Blake will find infinite options to slip into for their daughter's day. Read real brides' reviews here!

Trina Turk
If classic cocktail attire is the MOB's desired attire, Trina Turk's Manhattan Beach boutique has your sartorial bases covered. Lace, brocade, and floral prints are all in current rotation for the brand's Fall 2015 collection, allowing even the choosiest mothers a plethora of options.

See More: Get Your Bridal Party Gorgeous From Head to Toe with These L.A. Hair and Makeup Artists

Decades
Sometimes, modern attire simply doesn't satisfy one's sartorial cravings, and in such cases Los Angeles's much-adored vintage boutique Decades is the first place to look for options. Unlike local consignment stores or thrift shops, Decades vends labels ranging from Gucci and Hermes to Prada and Dior curated by owners Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos for the fashion-forward MOB.

Monique Lhuillier
A classic on both coasts, Monique Lhuillier offers elegant, timeless attire for both the bride and her mother. The designer's signatures include lace-adorned, fitted frocks and heavy embellishment that can be worn for the big day and re-utilized for special occasions in the future. Read real brides' reviews here!

Nordstrom The Grove
Whether you're hunting for a simple cotton sarong or an elaborate, beaded confection, Nordstrom The Grove is a one-stop shop for mother of the bride options. Full-length numbers by Tadashi Shoji and Adrianna Papell mingle with designer creations by Burberry London, Tracy Reese, and Phillip Lim.

Browse even more bridal, bridesmaids, and mother-of-the-bride at these Los Angeles boutiques!

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Sep 152015
 
Moms Avoid Upstaging Bride

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Oh no, she didn't! Moms, if there's one thing you definitely don't want to do on your daughter or daughter-in-law's big day it's to have all eyes on you for all of the wrong reasons. It's your time to shine, yes, but there's a delicate balance between standing out from the rest of the crowd and upstaging the bride. So take our advice, and know your role. We swear you'll still look amazing and feel like a VIP too.

Don't wear white or anything close to it
Sorry, mom! As much as you love that light beige dress, it's probably not going to work out in your favor. Unless specifically requested by the bride, wedding planner Amy Shey Jacobs, President of Chandelier Events, strongly urges moms to steer clear of gowns in ivory, cream, champagne and anything remotely close to white, particularly if it's made of lace.

Keep it classy
Just to be clear moms, the bride is the only one who should be bringing sexy back but that doesn't mean you can't dress to impress. Simply stay away from plunging necklines and anything backless or super short, warns San Francisco-based wedding planner Amy Nichols of Amy Nichols Special Events. "While you may have killer legs or a sculpted back, today is the day to let your daughter take the spotlight."

Stick to your regular beauty routine
Otherwise, you may wind up stealing the bride's thunder, and no, not in a good way! "Whether it's your first spray tan, last-minute botox or fillers that could backfire or something even more significant, don't use the wedding as an excuse to justify dyeing your hair platinum blonde, getting plastic surgery or whatever it is," cautions Nichols. Beauty extremes right before the wedding are always a big no-no.

See More: 4 Things to Remember If You Let Your Bridesmaids Choose Their Own Accessories

Don't veer from the game plan
That means no impromptu speeches unless your daughter specifically asks you to or surprise choreographed dance numbers, and definitely keep your alcohol consumption in check, advises Nichols. "Of course it's a wedding and you'll want to have fun, but you don't want the "story" from the wedding to be about you."

Put on a happy face
As Jacobs explains, your daughter's joy is absolutely reflective of those around her. "So even if it isn't the song you would have chosen for her to walk down the aisle to or the flower design you would have dreamed up, make every effort to smile and show approval of the planning choices she made." Your happiness will be contagious.

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Shopping for the perfect mother of the bride dress can be stressful. The market is saturated with over-embellished and frumpy frocks, and it's hard to find a gorgeous off-the-rack dress that won't cost an arm and a leg in alterations. On the flipside, chic custom dresses are uber costly and time consuming... So, what's a New York mother of the bride to do? Give mom the best lay of the land and trim her shopping list down to these five locales. Not only will she be privy to the best MOB dress options in the city, she'll get great customer service from honest and passionate designers and salespeople who take the stress out of the entire experience.

Angelo Lambrou
Known for the simple, sophisticated, and flattering elegance of his namesake bridal gowns, Angelo Lambrou also offers couture eveningwear that many a Manhattan mother of the bride adores. His clothes are inspired by his wordly roots and the energy of New York City — the Southern Africa-born designer initially came to the states after designing the dresses for the entire opening of Miss Universe 2000. Angelo Lambrou clients can expect designs alive with texture, shape and form — including a signature line of bias cuts, draped wrap details and handcrafted, intricate pleating that flatters in just the right places. The atelier works by appointment only so the gown selection process can become a creative collaboration leading to a one-of-a-kind gown as individual as each client. Dresses begin at $3,500. Read real brides' reviews here!

Clifford Michael
This Upper East Side staple has long been a fixture in social dresses. They recently moved to a new location on Madison between 53rd and 54th, where they treat fashionable mothers of the bride and groom to their extensive designer assortment, expansive collection of high quality fabrics, and an in-house tailor who has the capability to make muslins for a perfectly fitted custom frock. Clifford Michael suggests coming in four to six months prior to the wedding to allow time for fittings and fabric acquisition (they source beading from the best artisans in India, and select re-embroidered lace from France). Moms working on a timeline can also choose from an assortment of first-rate gowns in the showroom. The store hosts trunk shows regularly, and can accommodate up to a size 22.

Lee Anderson
Lee Anderson is a designer known for her couture custom-made clothing in world-renowned fabrics. She established her design business in a townhouse just off Madison Avenue over 30 years ago, where she quickly became the go-to designer of stunning social dresses that perfectly compliment the tastes and figures of celebrities, socialites, and elegant mothers of the bride and groom. Today, the designer dedicates herself to her signature couture collection and special New York clientele in a new space at 988 Lexington Avenue. She continues to create clothing that embraces chromatic luxury using the most of-the-moment fabrics of the world, including iridescent taffetas, brocades, hand fringed British district checks and Celtic tweeds. Moms who wear Lee Anderson Couture tend to pass her name to friends — the perfect fit and luxe fabrics are so flattering, it's hard not to share Lee's love for well crafted, age-appropriate luxury fashion.

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Colette Komm
For years, Colette Komm's talents were a well-kept secret to NYC brides and socialites, who flocked to her Upper West Side studio for meticulously designed corsets, fluid silk column dresses and striking ball gowns custom created by the Vera Wang designer alum. However, the cat quickly came out of the bag in 2010, when Colette designed Chelsea Clinton's grandmother's dress for her Rhinebeck, New York nuptials. Since then, Colette has become a couture it-girl of sorts for brides, moms and matriarchs looking for truly couture, elegant social gowns. She works often months in advance, by appointment only, from her Manhattan studio.

Eleanor Schain
Brooklyn-based Elenaor Schain, Ltd has been in business for over 40 years, servicing mothers of the bride with traditional dresses from designers such as Stephen Yearick, Pamela Roland, Rubin Singer and Rene Ruiz, to name a few. The business is currently run by Eleanor's daughters Andrea and Bonnie, who are adamant on "de-stressing the dress process" with competent sales staff and couture-level seamstresses on hand for every appointment. The store offers evening gowns, custom suits and elegant pant sets to suit a range of elevated, but traditional tastes.

Saks Fifth Avenue
From Aiden Mattox to Alexander McQueen (and almost every pricepoint in between), this midtown mecca carries the widest range of designer special occasion dresses in the city.
Moms who want to shyly scour the racks without interruption can snag an embellished, deco-inspired dress from Sue Wong or Tadashi Shoji for under $1,000 on the third floor, while fashionably glam MOBS can shimmy into a sequined signature wrap gown from DVF for an uber-chic look fitting of a rooftop fete. Going to a garden wedding? Saks stocks a vast array of ladylike Erdem dresses in feminine florals. Mom of a ballroom bride? The department store houses a range of silk faille Carolina Herrera gowns, so there's no need to hightail uptown to the designer's atelier. Grandmas can also shop to their heart's content with a range of conservatively elegant St. John's gowns in their designer collections. Whatever her style or budget, changes are mom and Grandma will both find some beautiful options at Saks.

Barneys New York
Fashionable moms in the know flock to Barney's New York for a well-curated assortment of hot, of-the-moment designers, as well as esteemed industry luminaries who are often the focus of many a red-carpet moment. Top mother-of-the-bride lines here include Monique Lhuillier and J. Mendel, both who have their own ateliers only a few blocks away. But the Barneys shopping experience guarantees an edgy buying strategy (think: a fluid, moody merlot one-shouldered gown from Monique Lhuillier or a black and white crepe de chine lace sheath from J. Mendel, that is somehow equal parts modern and ladylike). Moms looking for (just the right about of) bling, can turn to Barney's selection of Huishan Zhang, who is currently dusting his lace and organza gowns with crystal details. Want something mom can truly wear again? Valentino dresses reign high here — from fit and flare LBDs to romantic lace sheaths she'll love long after the wedding day is over.

Want to see even more New York City dress boutiques? Try these on for size!

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BRIDES Houston: The Best Mother-of-the-Bride Dress Stores

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Aug 292015
 
Mother of Bride Dresses Houston

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Yes, it's your day, but you want the most special woman in your life to look and feel good when she's giving away her baby girl — and greeting and meeting all of your guests. Shop these Houston boutiques to find a beautiful dress for your mom (and your future mother-in-law) at every price point.

Elizabeth Anthony
Glamour headquarters is the two-story Elizabeth Anthony boutique in Uptown Park, and it's stocked with eveningwear, cocktail attire, and other special occasion dressing (plus, casual and professional clothing) by American and European designers like St. John, Alberta Ferretti, Escada, Zac Posen, Carmen Marc Valvo, Jenny Packham, and Marchesa Couture. Owner Julie Phillips Roberts remodeled and expanded the store to 7,800 square feet in 2014, adding new designers, an accessory line and a "curated fine jewelry gallery," and she is dedicated to dressing three generations, "from young ladies to grand dames," for social and special occasions. "We dress the lady, her mother and her daughter, and, as a result, we share decades of friendships with families."

T. Carolyn Fashions
A conscientious mother-daughter team helm this Vintage Park boutique, which is family-owned and -operated and specializes in mother-of-the-bride gowns. The ladies at T. Carolyn Fashions are considered the national experts in all things mother of the bride, and co-owner Barbara Coolidge Tibbetts (the mom) penned I Want My Mother's Dress to Match the Napkins...Funny Stories and Serious Advice for Looking Your Best at Your Child's Wedding. The store has 2,500 specially selected special occasion outfits in stock, from size 0 to 28W. Best of all, you can have a custom shopping experience: Pop by and wander through the colorful racks at your own pace, or have expert navigation help if you want it. The boutique also carries statement accessories to complete the day-of ensemble. Read real brides' reviews here!

Tootsies
The 35,000-square-foot anchor of the high-rise mixed-use development West Ave development in River Oaks is known for customer service and a vast selection of ready-to-wear gowns from designers like Nicole Miller, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Halston Heritage, AG Phillips, Kamali Kulture, Dior, ML by Monique Lhuillier, and Azzedine Alaia. Tootsies also carris shoes, bags, accessories, and jewelry from Kenneth Jay Lane, Alexis Bittar, Claudia Lobao, and many more. We especially love the oversized fitting rooms.

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Chloe Dao
A fixture on Houston's fashion scene, Project Runway winner Chloe Dao offers a full range of custom bridal design services, from wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses to mother-of-the-bride (and mother-of-the-groom) stunners. Wedding party players may find something they love from her feminine and flattering collection, which has some gorgeous floor-length gown options for less than $500. The lovely and laidback Dao is often in her store, and advises potential bridal clients to call for an appointment or "just come by our boutique."

Camille La Vie
Tucked into Memorial City Mall, Camille La Vie takes some of the intimidation out of shopping for the all-important occasion dress — for mom and everyone else. The shop has stylish dresses and separates, ranging from $80 to $500, to suit every style from glam to conservative to modern.

Linda Cunningham
Linda Cunningham's eponymous designer boutique in the River Oaks area feels like a fashion showroom. She carries the latest women's ready-to-wear clothing and accessories from top designers and features her own collection of cocktail dresses, suits, gowns, eveningwear and sportswear. A seasoned designer who has been sewing since she was 10, Cunningham also offers custom design consultations by appointment. She has a rainbow of sumptuous European fabrics, jewels, stones and laces — and even a beading specialist — to produce made-to-order garments, including one-of-a-kind bridal gowns and exquisite mother-of-the-bride dresses.

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