Mother of the Groom Outfits: Styling Tips and Inspiration

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

Mother of the Groom Outfits

Congratulations! Your son is getting married, and we bet you are 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?

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


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


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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Coast Anna Ruched Dress – £159


Stand out at your son’s wedding in the chic Anna Ruched Dress.

In a striking shade of magenta, it features an asymmetric neckline plus clever ruching for an endlessly flattering, figure-hugging fit.

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

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John Charles Style 26586


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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John Charles Style 26612


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 Heidi Printed Full Midi Dress – £179


Perfect for summer weddings, the chic and feminine Heidi Printed 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.

Choose a colour from the floral design and match your hat and accessories to that. You’ll feel a million dollars!

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Coast Savannah Soft Midi Dress – £99


Keep it simple and soft with the Savannah midi dress which was just made for mothers of the groom.

The soft and flowing skirt makes it perfect for spring celebrations, while the choppy, hanky hem adds a touch of modernity.

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

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Gina Bacconi Coralise Two Piece – £320


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 26509


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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John Charles Style 26570c


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 Harmony Lace Dress – £140


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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Phase Eight Katy Lace Jumpsuit – £160


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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Phase Eight Lana Leaf Print Twist Dress – £99


Featuring a twist detail on the waistline and a beautiful, 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


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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Phase Eight Perdy Tapework Dress – £199


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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John Charles Style 26567


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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Hobbs Arabella Dress – £169


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

In a delightful and contemporary monochrome 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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Hobbs Isabella Dress – £199


Designed with elegant events in mind, the bright and beautiful Isabella 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 fit and flare shape. Considered darting around the waist creates a flattering silhouette.

If the cerise botanical print which entwines down the bodice has caught your eye, you might be on to a winner!

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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. Consider the Colour Palette

“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.”

2. Treat Yourself Before 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.”

3. Invest in a Good Quality Outfit

“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…

4. Always Think of the Venue

Regine says: “Be aware of the type of wedding and venue your son is having, as this should be reflected in your outfit.”

5. Be Brave – You Can Wear a Little White!

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

6. Be Striking With Your Hat Choice

“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.

7. Be Proud of What You’ve Got

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”.

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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!