Formal Mother of the Bride {or Groom} Dress

It’s almost June, and that means wedding season is upon us!

I believe I’ve mentioned that I have several weddings to attend in the next few months, so what to wear has been at the forefront of my mind.

It’s funny how things have shifted as I’ve been in my 40s. It used to be my friends and my cousins getting married, and now it’s my friends’ children and my nieces and nephews getting married.

And you know what that means… it won’t be long until my own kids are planning their nuptials. *cue tears*

Okay, in reality, I think I have some time before it’s my turn… my oldest is only 19.

But many of you are in that situation or have been recently, so I was super excited when Bloomingdale’s reached out to me about partnering on a wedding fashion post.

Bloomingdale’s has long been my go-to retailer for denim, but they also have a large selection of special occasion dresses at a wide range of price points.

If you’re going to be the mother of the bride or groom sometime soon… or if  you’re a wedding guest or a bridesmaid looking for a dress, you’ll definitely want to take a look at what they have to offer.

I started perusing their website, imaging what I might wear if I were going to be the mother of the bride or groom this year, and I landed on this navy blue Adrianna Papell Embellished Illusion Gown.

Navy blue is an excellent color choice for a mother of the bride or groom dress because it’s elegant, slimming, and flattering on almost everyone.

I love how this dress has a semi-sheer yoke and sleeves for those who don’t care to bare a lot of skin, and the bead and sequin embellishments make it perfect for an evening event.

It skims the body without clinging and is fitted through the waist for a flattering fit, then the fluted godet skirt adds just a hint of drama.

The sizing notes on the website suggest sizing down, and I would agree. I’m wearing the 8, my usual size in Adrianna Papell dresses, and this is slightly big on me. I’m 5’5″ and 140# for reference.

It would also need to be hemmed, but that’s to be expected with a floor-length dress, and it’s an easy alteration.

This dress has a lot going on so I kept my accessories minimal with a pair of blingy earrings and a sequined bag, and I simply wore a pair of sparkly metallic ankle strap sandals. The bracelet-length sleeves allow you to wear a piece of jewelry if you wish, but it isn’t necessary.

I love how this dress is sophisticated yet modern, and the length and embellishments make it perfect for the most formal wedding celebrations.

More Mother of the Bride/Groom Dresses from Bloomingdale’s:

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photos: Alison Cornell