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45 Stylish Mother of the Groom Dresses & Outfits

Celebrate your son's big day in style by taking a look at our favourite mother of the groom dresses and outfits – we've got all of the styling advice you need to help you feel your best

Mother of the Groom Dresses

Congratulations! Your son is getting married, and we bet you’re so excited.

You’ll no doubt want to look your best for his big day, but it can be tricky to find the right outfit that you look and feel good in. Many clothing brands have dedicated mother of the bride departments… but what about mother of the groom dresses?

We understand that you’ll want to highlight your important role with a look that you love, so we’ve hunted high and low for our favourite mother of the groom outfits out there. Plus, we caught up with the experts to put together our top mother of the groom outfit styling tips – whatever burning questions you might have, we’ve answered them all below.

Whether you’re after a designer dress with all the trimmings or a high street hit that won’t cost the earth, you’re bound to find something you adore in this edit. Keep on scrolling to discover your perfect piece.

The Best Mother of the Groom Dresses & Outfits for 2021

1. Maine Eve Floral Scoop Neck Dress - £43, Debenhams

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Monochrome never fails to look stylish and we love it in this gorgeous floral print that makes the dress romantic and feminine. The neckline and flared skirt are very flattering and we love a sleeveless style for a warm summer wedding. You'll look glamorous and elegant in all the photos.

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2. Jayna Crepe and Lace Dress - £320, Gina Bacconi

Model wearing a pink floral lace mother of the groom dress

Gina Bacconi is the designer to go to for mother of the groom dresses. We love this beautifully fitted dress that features a gorgeous embroidered bodice made from elegant floral lace fabric. It might be form-fitting but it is fully lined so you'll still feel comfortable. 

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3. Edie Starburst Embellished Dress - £150, Monsoon

Model wearing an embellished mother of the groom dress

This Monsoon beauty has got to be one of our favourites! Ideal for an evening celebration or a winter wedding, the delicate gold starburst embellishments make for a one of a kind design. Pair with a velvet clutch and sparkling earrings for a stand-out look. 

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4. Gracie Embroidered Wrap Dress – £140, Monsoon

Model wearing a grey mother of the groom wrap dress

You didn't think we'd pick just one Monsoon dress did you? The Gracie embroidered wrap dress is crafted from recycled fabric making it an eco-friendly option that doesn't sacrifice on style. We adore the flattering midi length and velvet waist tie. 

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5. Piper Velvet Lace Trim Jumpsuit - £85, Monsoon

Model wearing a velvet mother of the groom jumpsuit

If you hadn't considered wearing a jumpsuit to your son's wedding, we think the Piper jumpsuit will change your mind. It combines decadent lace-trimmed teal velvet with trendy embellished buttons for a gloriously luxe look for only £85.

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6. Peplum Detail Cap Sleeve Scuba Dress – £65, Coast

Model wearing a polka dot peplum mother of the groom dress

A peplum dress is a brilliant option for a wedding as it'll keep you comfortable while still looking smart. This Coast number stops this style from feeling stuffy thanks to the playful polka dot print and contemporary scuba feel fabric. 

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7. June Ruffled Printed Cotton Midi Dress - £295, Rixo

Girl wearing a ruffled bright printed midi dress with a drop hem

We’ve also fallen pretty hard for Rixo's June design, which features an exaggerated floral print and ruffled neckline – it’s top of our list for a summer destination wedding where you can afford to go for bright and bold colours.

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8. Premium Placement Jacquard Midaxi Dress – £229, Coast

Model wearing a jacquard mother of the groom dress

Coast's premium collection might be a little more pricey, but it's worth every penny in our eyes. Take this dramatic jacquard midaxi dress for example - it's just over £200 and looks like it came straight from the pages of a high-fashion magazine! 

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9. Jordyn Fit and Flare Dress – £150, Phase Eight

Girl wearing a full navy dress with pale pink flowers

Picture Phase Eight’s Jordan dress with a blush pink fascinator, matching heels and a statement clutch, and you’ll have an idea of just why we think it’s such a great pick. Navy is always a timeless choice, but the addition of the brushed ballet pink florals takes this dress to the next level.

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10. John Charles Style 26795

Girl wearing a pale blue caped dress with a hat

If your son has opted for a gorgeous summer wedding, then consider a pastel hue to complement his choice of season. A head-to-toe coordinating pastel outfit is an easy way to do summer dressing, and is guaranteed to look totally chic. In this style by John Charles the panelled, structured silhouette is super-flattering and the beaded detailing on the arms is a beautiful contrast to the heavy fabric.

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11. John Charles Style 26872

Girl wearing a pink and orange floral dress with a hat

There are so many details to fall in love with on this beautiful dress by John Charles. The label’s signature cut allows the statement bell sleeves and stunning twist waist bow to take centre stage. The fitted skirt, which is fully lined, finishes just above the knee. And don’t get us started on the print.

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12. Melody Dress– £2,140, Jenny Packham

Model wearing a pink feather trim mother of the groom dress

If you have a little more to spend on your outfit, you won't be disappointed with what Jenny Packham has to offer. The Melody dress is from her SS21 collection but we think it's a lovely option for weddings at all times of the year. The feather trim and pastel pink hue is just dreamy!

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13. Edge of the Shoulder Midi Dress – £389, Bombshell HQ

Girl wearing a gold full skirt midi dress

Bombshell HQ will kit you out in the most magnificent retro-inspired dresses you have ever laid your eyes on - we particularly love this gold dress for a mother of the groom, but the entire collection is worthy of your attention. 

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14. Narella Hogarth Pleated Floral Midi Dress - £1,795, Erdem at Net-A-Porter

Model wearing a floral mother of the groom dress

London based designer Erdem is known for his exquisite fabrics and prints which come together to create timeless and romantic designs. This dress was inspired by 20th-century novelist Nancy Mitford and is a breathtaking outfit - perfect for a special celebration.

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15. Carly Floral Midi Dress - £169, Hobbs

Girl with a sleeveless green dress with pink floral pattern

If you love the idea of a Hobbs dress this sleeveless green and pink floral beauty is simply stunning. Available in petite sizing, it's brilliant for a shorter mother of the groom as the pleated skirt will elongate your legs, especially paired with some fabulous heels.

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16. Mesh Printed Dress - £179, Coast

Girl wearing a pink mesh dress with watercolour pattern

This watercolour patterned pink Coast dress might be unexpected as a pick for the mother of the groom, but that’s exactly what we love about it – it’s an on trend style that oozes designer. Keep your jewellery minimal and hair pared back; this dress is a showstopper in its own right.

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17. Gill Harvey 6020S - £885

Girl wearing a silver sequin and feather midi dress

The sequins and feathers give a fun 1920s finish to this stunning Gill Harvey outfit. Silver is an ideal colour choice for your mother of the groom look as it's distinctive enough to feel seriously special, but not enough to draw attention away from the couple. 

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18. Printed Cotton-Poplin Dress - £1,500, Dolce & Gabbana at Net-A-Porter

Model wearing a printed mother of the groom dress

As soon as you step into the room we bet guests will know exactly who you're wearing. Yep, you guessed it - Dolce & Gabanna. This iconic print is undeniably designer and would look glorious if your son is having a destination wedding. 

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19. Sophie Floral Print Jumpsuit - £140, Phase Eight

Model wearing a floral mother of the groom jumpsuit

If you're after a relaxed mother of the groom outfit for a laidback wedding, this jumpsuit is the perfect choice. With a gorgeous floral shirt and flattering tapered trousers (complete with stylish bow), there's so many details to love. 

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20. Pleated Midi Dress - £275, Iris & Ink

Model wearing a pleated teal midi dress

This sophisticated style by Iris & Ink is perfect for a winter wedding - it'll keep you warm while still ensuring you look chic. Featuring a nipped in waist, defined shoulders and a pretty pleated skirt, it's a universally flattering design that'll work for all body types. 

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21. Embellished Crepe Maxi Dress - £535, Karen Millen

Model wearing a pink embellished mother of the groom dress

This dress from Karen Millen has been designed to make a statement with embellished sleeves, a hot pink hue and a leg split that’s super flattering. What really sets it apart is the boldness of the look that'll mean that no one else will be wearing anything remotely similar.

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22. Envelope Neck Pencil Dress - £185, Coast

Model wearing an orange mother of the groom dress

You can’t go wrong in a pencil dress, especially when it’s paired with a fabulous neckline. The orange geometric fabric of this dress would be gorgeous for an autumn celebration – layer it up with a smart coat or blazer if you’re likely to be spending a lot of time outdoors.

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23. Betsey Sequin Dress - £199, Hobbs

Model wearing a sequin mother of the groom dress

You might be spending a little extra if you opt for a dress from Hobbs but as this dress shows it'll be worth every penny. Once you've been given the go-ahead by the happy couple to wear full-on sparkles, get this beauty in your basket. 

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24. Lila V-Neck Midi Dress - £179, Hobbs

Model wearing a yellow and black mother of the groom dress

Forget everything you’ve heard about wearing black to weddings – when the design is as interesting as this black and yellow Hobbs dress, you can absolutely pull it off. The sleeveless straps are great if you like to show off your shoulders and the midi hemline will ensure you’re not held back on the dance floor.

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25. Hariiet Raglan Sleeve Tea Dress - £195, Ted Baker

Girl wearing an olive green satin tea midi dress

When you’re wearing this gorgeous Ted Baker maxi, you won’t just enter a room – you’ll positively grace it with your presence. The angel sleeves and long skirt give you lots of coverage without feeling frumpy, and the olive shade will suit every skin tone and hair colour.

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26. Satin Midi Dress - £59.99, Mango

Model wearing a mother of the groom satin dress

Keep it simple and soft with this dress from Mango which was just made for mothers of the groom. The sleeveless arms make it perfect for spring celebrations, while the sleek style adds a touch of modernity. Team this dress with metallic accessories for a sublime mother of the groom outfit.

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27. Striped Midi Dress - £69.99, Mango

Model wearing a blue striped mother of the groom dress

Another showstopper from Mango is this striped blue dress. The high collared neckline and hemmed sleeves makes for a fresh, modern look that would work with both heels or flats.

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28. Zadi Knitted Frill Full Skirt Dress - £195, Ted Baker

Model wearing a knitted mother of the groom dress

How about being a lady in red for the day? This Ted Baker dress is modest without being at all boring, and the knitted fabric will keep you warm should you be attending a wedding in the cooler months. 

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29. Joiya Cowl Neck Sleeveless Midi Dress - £250, Ted Baker

Model wearing a blue cowl neck mother of the groom dress

If you're attending an evening wedding, the Joiya dress from Ted Baker is a lovely option. Available in blue or black, you'll be sure to turn heads in this slinky number. The waterflow hem and chic cowl neck creates a stunning flowing feel.

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30. Meryl Dress - £145, Ghost

Model wearing a brown mother of the groom dress

Ghost’s satin dresses are legendary for their ability to slot seamlessly into your wardrobe for any event where you need to look and feel your best. This effortless copper brown dress comes in a whopping 7 colours, including lemon, mauve, caramel and ivory.

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31. Collarless Blazer and Trousers - £49.99 & £29.99, Zara

Model wearing a blue blazer and trouser mother of the groom set

This blue blazer and trouser combo is a knockout – no one would ever guess it cost you less than £80 from Zara and what's more, you'll have extra pennies to spend on some killer accessories. If you’re shopping on a budget, we’d highly recommend not ruling out this high street hero for occasionwear.

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32. Tailored Utility Pencil Dress - £175, Karen Millen

Girl wearing an orange utility pencil dress

Maybe it's the pockets and buttons, maybe it's the tailored cut – either way, there's something about this Karen Millen dress that screams Chanel to us. Whether you add a jacket and accessories or keep things simple, it's a seriously classy find.

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33. Floral Print One Shoulder Maxi Dress - £95, Chi Chi London

Girl wearing a one shoulder pink floral maxi dress

This one shoulder floral dress from Chi Chi London will ensure you stand out from the crowd on your son's big day thanks to it's beautifully bright pattern. Top it off with a coordinating fascinator for ultimate glamour.

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34. One Sleeve Midi Dress - £95, & Other Stories

Model wearing a one sleeve mother of the groom dress

& Other Stories is a great option if you're after a special dress for your son's big day but don't want to stretch to designer prices. This one sleeved dress is one of many brilliant options online - wear with heels on the day and dress down with sandals, mules or trainers for summers to come. 

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35. RHS Floral Scuba Midi Dress - £85, Oasis

Model wearing a floral mother of the groom dress

Part of the RHS x Oasis collection, this decadent dress is not only pretty - it's practical too! The stylish number comes complete with pockets so you can slip your lipstick and some tissues in there without needing to carry a bag. 

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36. Stevie Dress - £185, Kitri

Model wearing a floral mother of the groom dress

Fashion editor's favourite Kitri is ideal for any mother of the groom who wants to earn her style points. Enter the stunning Stevie dress, whose vintage style would be perfect paired with your best pearl jewellery. 

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37. Printed Puff Sleeve Midi Dress - £95, & Other Stories

Girl wearing a puff sleeve bold print midi dress

Bold print? Check. Square neckline? Check. Puff Sleeves? Check! This & Other Stories dress ticks all the trend boxes in a really wearable way. If you usually wear dark shades but want to branch out into brighter colours for the wedding, this would make an excellent first foray. 

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38. Printed Halter Neck Midi Dress - £79, Oasis

Girl wearing a floral halter neck midi dress

This halter neck midi dress from Oasis features a tiered, flowing skirt that will move beautifully. It has a gorgeous watercolour floral pattern that'll work wonderfully for a spring or summer wedding and the sleeveless style will keep you cool whether you're sipping Pimm's in the garden or moving on the dancefloor.

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39. Seam Detail Midi Skirt - £110, Boden

Model wearing a burgundy mother of the groom skirt

If the wedding calls for less formal attire, this Boden skirt could be the perfect option. Wear with a gorgeous jumper or top, heels and a smattering of gold jewellery to top it off.

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40. Floral Sequin Sheer Sleeve Gown - Adrianna Papell at John Lewis, £225

Girl wearing a nude flower sequin maxi dress

Well, if you can't wear a dress this extravagant at your own son's wedding day, when can you?! Adrianna Papell's nude sequined dress is a totally dreamy, ethereal choice that will earn you dozens, if not hundreds of compliments. 

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41. Crepe Draped Jumpsuit - Adrianna Papell at John Lewis, £210

Girl wearing a coral jumpsuit with a ruffle shoulder

If dresses aren't for you but you don't want to wear a suit, why not consider this striking, peach jumpsuit. The best of both worlds, the shoulder ruffle adds interest to the outfit and the tailored trousers are comfortable yet cool. 

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42. Embroidered Dip Hem Dress - £89.99, Quiz

Model wearing an embroidered teal mother of the groom dress

The swirls and lace of this Quiz dress give it a really romantic feel – highly appropriate for a day that’s all about love! Complete your outfit with one of Quiz’s brilliant cover-ups – they’ll have the exact colour to match.

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43. Ochre Abstract Twist Front Dress - £110, Wallis

Model wearing a printed mother of the groom dress

Wallis is another affordable store that has more hidden gems than its casual everyday collections would suggest. Take, for example, this abstract dress which looks way more expensive than it actually is. If you’re looking for a dress that will never go out of style, this could be it. 

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44. Full Length Dress - £499, Catherines of Patrick

Model wearing a full length mother of the groom dress

Catherines of Patrick's designs are always popular among mothers of the bride and groom, and it's not hard to see why - her dresses have that little something extra that sets them apart from the crowd. In this case, it's the statement cowl design and the striking pearl and diamante waistband.

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45. Tie Front Midi Waisted Dress - £69, Marks & Spencer

Model wearing a blue mother of the groom dress

Chic, classic and elegant, you can't beat M&S occasionwear and this blue dress is perfect for the minimalist mother of the groom. With a flattering (and stretchy) curved waist seam, it'll suit all body types.

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8 Mother of the Groom Outfit Styling Tips

John Charles are renowned for their luxury occasionwear, so we thought it only right to catch up with Regine Ellis, their Creative Director, for her top tips. From colour palettes to whether or not you can wear white, she has all the answers to help you look your best on the biggest day of your son's life. 

1. What Does the Mother of the Groom Wear?

There aren’t any hard and fast rules, but there are a few recommendations when it comes to choosing your mother of the groom outfit. First of all – you’ve got to make an effort! You should choose something smart and good quality – it is a major milestone for your family, after all. 

'Choosing a quality outfit will not only give you a great silhouette, you’ll also have an outfit that will last a lifetime', says Regine.

You should also consider colour. Regine adds: 'Work to complement the wedding’s colour palette, not match it. Look at the colour scheme of the wedding party; if the bridesmaids are in lilac, go for a rich deep purple accent. You should also be aware of the type of wedding and venue your son is having, as this should be reflected in your outfit.'

Last but not least, you’ve got to abide by the golden rule of styling! That is to work with what you have and highlight your most beautiful features. Regine told us: 'A knee-length, tailored fit is fantastic for elongating and showcasing legs, for example'.

2. When Should the Mother of the Groom Buy the Dress?

You should plan to find your look shortly after the couple have chosen their outfits. This ensures you know any themes you should follow and gives you plenty of time before the wedding to have any alterations made if necessary. 

3. Can the Mother of the Groom Wear the Same Colour Dress as the Mother of the Bride/Other Groom?

Of course! There is no rule to say that you can’t wear the same colour as the mother of the bride or other mother of the groom. The key is to make sure you’re wearing dresses in colours that don’t clash, if you’re opting for different shades.

Traditionally, the mother of the bride would buy her dress first, and then consult with the mother of the groom who’d buy something to complement the chosen gown. Now, the rules are a little less strict – but we’d still recommend you confer before the big day!

4. Can the Mother of the Groom Wear a Patterned Dress?

Yes, you can – in fact, some of our favourite mother of the groom dresses are patterned. As long as your dress doesn’t clash with the wedding party’s outfits, you’re good to go.

5. Can the Mother of the Groom Wear Black to a Wedding?

These days, black dresses are very much accepted for the mother of the groom. It’s elegant, chic and, as you'll see from the selection above, there are so many lovely black or monochrome mother of the groom dresses out there.

As long as the couple are happy with your colour choice, there’s nothing to say you can’t choose a black outfit.

6. How Should the Mother of the Groom Prepare for the Big Day?

'Have a pampering session and get your makeup done professionally for the big day', Regine advises. 'Bear in mind the running around you’ll be doing on the day… and the tears! Be prepared to apply touch ups.'

7. Can the Mother of the Groom Wear White?

It is acceptable to wear off-white, but it's best if it's broken up into a print with other colours. It can look a little attention-seeking otherwise.

8. Does the Mother of the Groom Wear a Hat?

If you want to - absolutely yes! 'It’s the eternal signature of glamour and a form of costume that gives you confidence. A comfortable, securely placed hat will always look lovely', says Regine.

Now that you’ve got your mother of the groom outfit sorted, check out our personalised wedding gift ideas to find the perfect present for your son and his partner. 

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