Ronald Joyce Mother of the Bride

The most stylish mother of the bride dresses with jackets

Want to put your best fashion foot forward on your daughter's big day? We've got your perfect dress and jacket pairing sorted.

The mother of the bride is a key member of the bridal party and you can expect the eyes of the congregation to be on you when they’re not on the bride and groom! While the idea of being a central focus during the day can feel overwhelming, we think it’s a great excuse to shop for the ultimate outfit!


At most weddings, you’ve probably rocked a cocktail dress or trouser suit that you already have, but your daughter’s (or son’s, we’re talking to you too mother of the groom) big day is most definitely an opportunity to invest in something new that you feel extra special in. Shopping win!

From bridal boutiques to specialist occasion wear shops and the high street, there’s a range of places to look for that perfect show-stopping outfit. There are also a host of different styles and dress alternatives, but we love the classic mother of the bride dress and jacket combo.

From dress coats to cropped jackets, there’s a style to suit every dress silhouette and we recommend trying on a few different options to get a feel for what looks and feels best. Shapes aren’t the only things to consider, colour is also an important choice.

The wedding will likely have a colour scheme and you ideally don’t want to end up matching or clashing with the bridesmaids or mother of the groom. Before you start searching for your outfit, make sure you’re clear on themes and have checked with the bride if there is a specific colour palette she would like you to work from.

Other than that, the choice is absolutely yours. Now, it’s time to get shopping!

Who said MOB outfits were all about pastels and muted shades? Not us! Style 70992, Condici.

You can never go wrong with navy, and the power-floral details keep it contemporary. Style 70977, Condici.

Nightingales Lace Dress and Jacket, £120

Lace is a timeless wedding classic and we love the detailing on the waist band. Lace dress and jacket, Nightingales at JD Williams, £120.

Ian Stuart ISL839

For a look that’s totally luxe, you can’t go wrong with this embroidered pairing. Style ISL839, Ian Stuart.

Style ISL843 Ian Stuart

Dress coats are a stylish option for the mother of the bride and we love the waist detail on this one. Style ISL843, Ian Stuart.

Those co-ordinating elbow-length cuffs give this a fashion-editor vibe. Style ISE950, Ispirato.

The subtle pattern and embellished neckline give this an air of effortless elegance. Style ISE909, Ispirato.

Style 26570 John Charles

We love the delicate lace detailing and the structured fit of the jacket. Style 26570, John Charles.

Style 991467 Ronald Joyce

Blush pink and cream make a classy combination, particularly when teamed with exquisite embellished lace. Style 991467, Ronald Joyce.

Ellie dress and jacket, Phase Eight

The contrast between the lace bodice and jacket and the sleek skirt make for sophisticated style. Ellise dress, £160, and Ellise jacket, £150, Phase Eight.