Mother of the Groom Dresses & Outfits: Styling Tips and Inspiration

Celebrate your son's big day in style by taking a look at our favourite mother of the groom dresses & outfits and following our tips!

Mother of the Groom Outfits

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

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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 catch up with the experts to put together our top mother of the groom outfit styling tips.

You’re bound to find something you adore…

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John Charles Style 26416

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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!

A dress like this 26416 style by John Charles is perfect. The panelled, structured silhouette is super-flattering and the lace detailing on the arms is a beautiful contrast to the heavy fabric. We’re also huge fans of that Bardot neckline – it is so elegant!

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John Charles Style 26597

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In keeping with the pastel theme is this gorgeous 26597 style – a perfect choice if the bridesmaids are wearing burgundy bridesmaid dresses.

The beading on the bodice is pretty and feminine while the waistband and pencil skirt create a beautiful silhouette.

As styled here, pair with a complementary cropped jacket and a statement hat or fascinator. How about opting for metallic accessories if you want to avoid head-to-toe pink?

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Phase Eight Perdy Tapework Dress – £199

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Fashion forward mothers of the groom – listen up! This elegant, fitted occasion dress could be just the one for you.

The neutral colour palette lends itself perfectly to a statement hat, while the signature tapework lace adds lots of glamour to an otherwise simple silhouette.

This design is fully lined, and thanks to its classic style, you’ll wear it for years to come.

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Coast Rosalina Shift Dress – £109

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Stand out at your son’s wedding in the chic Rosalina Shift Dress.

It features a bold, summer-appropriate print and is made in a figure-hugging scuba fabric for an endlessly flattering fit.

If the bridesmaids are wearing pastel pink, this dress would complement the bridal party to perfection!

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Gina Bacconi Coralise Two Piece – £320

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Simple yet elegant, the Coralise by Gina Bacconi is a wonderful choice for your son’s wedding day.

It is designed in two pieces, where a classic shift-style dress is covered with a delicate floral lace overlay.

Finish your look with a statement clutch and fascinator – perfect!

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John Charles Style 26586

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If your son is getting married in the winter, you might be on the lookout for something with slightly longer sleeves. The three-quarter length cut on this design makes it perfect for a cooler celebration!

The 26586 design features an on-trend cowl back in immaculate crepe which hangs beautifully over a beaded illusion back.

If that wasn’t enough, the shoulder detailing is totally divine – sparkling leaf shapes adorn the shoulders before flowing into the fitted sleeves.

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Phase Eight Katy Lace Jumpsuit – £160

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Whoever said that you have to wear a dress on your day as mother of the groom?

Look the part by picking a statement jumpsuit like this Katy design by Phase Eight. Not only is the stone colour completely dreamy, it is designed with a layered bodice in delicate lace and with flattering cap sleeves.

Finish the look off perfectly with a pair of chunky heels and a statement hat. You’ll be the most fashion-forward mother of the groom there ever was.

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Coast Hayley Seamed Full Midi Dress – £169

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Perfect for summer weddings, the chic and feminine Hayley Midi Dress is a stylish option.

The fitted bodice flows perfectly into a full skirt for a feminine look, while the bold floral print is slightly muted by the largely neutral colour palette. It’s perfect for those who’d like to try a print without making too much of a statement.

Match your accessories to black or the gorgeous pink shade and you’ll feel a million dollars.

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Hobbs Fiona Dress – £149

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You can always rely on Hobbs for elegant and timeless occasion wear, and this Fiona dress is no exception.

In a delightful and colourful floral print, this dress will more than rise to the occasion of your son’s wedding.

We love the figure-skimming silhouette and flattering waistline. Style yours with a cropped jacket and colour-pop accessories.

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Phase Eight Harmony Lace Dress – £140

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There are so many details to fall in love with on this beautiful Harmony lace dress by Phase Eight.

The deep V of the lace bodice reveals a feminine and flattering sweetheart neckline before the detailing ends with a slight flare.

The fitted skirt, which is fully lined, finishes just above the knee. There is something so elegant about this dress – we think you’ll love it!

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John Charles Style 26612

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Mother of the groom outfits made from the highest quality of fabrics are a wonderful choice as they work well with fitted, knee-length cuts.

The John Charles 26612 dress is made from an exquisite lace applique, making the design look much more expensive than it actually is.

The V-neckline gives the dress a youthful touch whilst the peplum waistline and lace shoulders are two details which are sure to turn heads for all the right reasons. There is so much to love about this piece!

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Coast Lucy Lace Shift Dress – £149

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Keep it simple and soft with the Lucy lace shift dress which was just made for mothers of the groom.

The sheer lace arms make it perfect for spring celebrations, while the satin bodice and wrap pencil skirt add touches of modernity.

Team this dress with metallic accessories for a sublime mother of the groom outfit.

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John Charles Style 26509

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Although it’s acceptable to wear some white, it’s best to make sure it’s broken up in a print or with other colours to avoid upsetting the bride, so going monochrome is the perfect choice.

The monochrome 26509 style by John Charles is an elegant yet statement piece with a fitted silhouette and striking, bejewelled neckline.

Keep the look fuss-free with a black or white cropped jacket and simple accessories.

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Hobbs Moira Dress – £149

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Designed with elegant events in mind, the beautiful Moira dress by Hobbs is a lovely choice for your son’s wedding.

Not only would it work in any season, it is crafted from the highest quality of structured fabric to hold its feminine shape. Considered darting around the waist creates a flattering silhouette.

If the navy and ivory leaf print which adorns the piece has caught your eye, you might be on to a winner!

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John Charles Style 26570c

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Donning a striking print is always a great way to make a statement, and we love the contrasting lace detailing on the 26570C design which is complemented with a glamorous touch of shimmer.

As this is such a bold look in comparison to pastel alternatives, choose understated accessories in neutral colours and pair the dress with a plain navy jacket.

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Phase Eight Lana Leaf Print Twist Dress – £99

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Featuring a twist detail on the waistline and a pretty, cool colour palette, this simple pattern shift dress would look beautiful on one of the happiest days of your year.

We love the leaf print as it is totally timeless – almost as much as we love the flattering boat neckline.

Pair this dress with a navy or pale blue jacket for a perfectly pulled-together look.

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Phase Eight Malia Sequin Lace Dress – £250

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The Malia Sequin Lace Dress by Phase Eight is a stunning occasion dress which would work perfectly for any mother of the groom.

The romantic lace edging on the short sleeves adds a contemporary touch to a timeless design, and the dress would look great at any time of year!

This piece falls just below the knee and is finished with a high neck line and concealed centre back zip.

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John Charles Style 26567

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If you want something a bit different from the classic fitted knee-length design, look for a dress with unique detailing like the 26567 by John Charles.

This feminine lace dress has been given an on-trend update thanks to its subtly flared skirt. It will twist and twirl as you dance the night away!

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7 Mother of the Groom Outfit Styling Tips

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John Charles are renowned for their luxury occasion wear, so we thought it only right to catch up with Regine Ellis, their Creative Director.

From colour palettes to whether or not you can wear white, she has lots of top tips and secrets which will help you look your best!

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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 the most important day of your son’s life, 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. As if we needed an excuse…

You should also consider colour. Regine says: “Work to complement the wedding’s colour palette, not match it. Look at the colour scheme of the bridal party; if the bridesmaids are in lilac, go for a rich deep purple accent”.

She continued: “You should also 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 an highlight your most beautiful features. Regine told us: “A knee-length, tailored fit is fantastic for elongating and showcasing legs, for example”.

2. Can the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom Wear the Same Colour Dress?

Of course! There is no rule to say that you can’t wear the same colour as the mother of the bride. 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!

3. 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 bridal party’s outfits and the mother of the bride dress, you’re good to go.

4. 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 and slimming, and 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.

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

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

6. Can the Mother of the Groom Wear White?

It is acceptable to wear white, but it must be broken up into a print with other colours – you don’t want to upset the bride!

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

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.

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