February 17th, 2020
On My Mind

Mother of the Bride Dress

A longtime reader asked for mother of the bride dress suggestions, so I thought I’d put it out there. I offered my navy Patou but she doesn’t want to wear a gown to her daughter’s afternoon wedding in late May. I love this Valentino (too mumsy?) or an ARoss Girl x Soler dress would be really pretty.


What's New


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat


Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses

  • Lovely suggestions. What are the brides and bridesmaids/groom colors?

    gail cFebruary 17th, 2020  11:03 PM

  • With the popularity of midi-length it’s a good time to find the perfect dress. The ARoss Girl is one you’d wear for years to come without looking “mumsy”.

    NinaFebruary 18th, 2020  6:13 AM

  • I feel like Paule Ka always has things that fit this category.

    Melanie SteinemannFebruary 18th, 2020  7:02 AM

  • the ARoss Girl is perfection!

    betsy martindaleFebruary 18th, 2020  7:12 AM

  • Great timing, I need help with this too! Keep the suggestions coming.

    ElizabethFebruary 18th, 2020  8:03 AM

  • Alice Walk makes some lovely custom MOB frocks that would sing at an afternoon wedding and be worn many times thereafter. Check out alicewalk.com.
    And congrats on the happy occasion!

    DaphneFebruary 18th, 2020  8:12 AM

  • My stepson is getting married in November…I was asked to wear navy along with his mother and the bride’s mother (I’ve been married to his father for 16 years). I wore navy to my older son’s wedding 17 years ago…I want to try to get in that dress although I doubt that I will wear it. I was end-of-long-marriage thin back then…

    SharonFebruary 18th, 2020  8:29 AM

  • Marchesa Notte has beautiful dresses!

    Koolest WomenFebruary 18th, 2020  8:41 AM

  • Morgane Le Fay in NYC

    SBFebruary 18th, 2020  9:20 AM

  • First of all, congratulations to your friend. I have been on the same hunt for months (daughters summer wedding) and found some wonderful options from Simone Rocha, Self Portrait and Marie Saint Pierre (proud Canadian) but then everything went sideways when my father became terminally ill AND my daughter fell pregnant. We are now having an evening cocktail event wedding at the end of February in the middle of an art museum because she’s determined to wear her beautiful dress and we’re all feeling reckless (not sure if that’s the right word) and free. I’ve decided on a Paul and Joe black velvet blazer with YSL velvet pants. My sisters are on-board. Wear what makes you feel beautiful and chic.

    SueMFebruary 18th, 2020  11:00 AM

  • Try Suzannah in London

    MargaretFebruary 18th, 2020  11:31 AM

  • What a gift to have Preston and her lovely readers weigh in on this! I am humbled and grateful for such an enthusiastic response. Who knew not being the focus of an event could be the most challenging shopping dilemma?! (Shopping with my daughter for her gown was a dream and a delight!).
    To SueM, I applaud your spirit and ability to shift gears on the fly. Life throws us curve balls and the most chic women roll with the punches. My prayers for your father, and best wishes to you all for a beautiful wedding celebration. Thrilled your daughter is going to wear her dress!! : ))
    Thanks so much, Preston!!

    PaulaFebruary 18th, 2020  8:27 PM

  • Oh my heavens this is so timely! I too have a daughter getting married the first part of May. Still have not found a dress for myself or for my other three daughters. Thankfully the wedding dress is all set!

    BonnyFebruary 18th, 2020  9:12 PM

  • Lela Rose has some great looks.

    Rebecca CollinsFebruary 19th, 2020  3:32 PM

  • I love that you used the cover picture of the book The Bridesmaids, written in 1989 by my friend Judy Balaban, who was one of Princess Grace Kelly’s six bridesmaids in 1956!

    Adrienne HorwitchFebruary 19th, 2020  9:31 PM

  • Your navy Patou is perfection too bad your friend doesn’t want a gown . SueM with her wonderful resilient spirit said it perfectly wear what makes you feel beautiful and chic . I tucked a fitted white cotton Alaïa shirt into pearl embroidered navy Dries palazzo pants for my daughters summer wedding
    I wore a long black ruffled silk Alaïa skirt and and white eyelet shirt and wide white Alaïa belt to my son’s . I like the A Ross dresses but I might add a more structured belt !

    Brooke GarberFebruary 20th, 2020  7:21 AM

  • The Patou gown was made for a winter ball and the wool crepe would be too heavy for a late May wedding.I didn’t consider that when I offered it…

    PrestonFebruary 20th, 2020  7:25 AM

  • My son is getting married in a week! I was dress shopping in the midst of a long illness (nothing tragic) . I shopped on line for months buying and returning until I settled on a beautiful fuchsia Talbot Runhof. The wedding is in a garden in FL. so my customary black was not an option. The tailor kept commenting on how well it was made. Congratulations! Feeling comfortable and beautiful is priority #1

    Carriue LeskowitzFebruary 22nd, 2020  10:36 AM


Your email address is only used for our verification process to help reduce spam comments and will not be shared, published or stored for any other purpose. Please be courteous. All comments are moderated.

Name :

Email (will not be published) :