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Mother-of-the-Bride & Special Wedding Guest Dresses, Pant Sets & Separates

 
Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.
 


Last Update: February 1, 2018

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Soutache Jacket Dress, Size 8 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tiered Chiffon Dress, Plus-Size 14 -24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Bell Sleeve Dress, Size 6 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Soutache Jacket Dress
Size 8 - 26W
Petite to 20P

Tiered Chiffon Dress
Size 14 - 24W

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Bell Sleeve Dress
Size 6 - 28W
 

Mother-of-the-Bride dresses are worn by more than the mothers of the bride or groom. Special wedding guests such as grandmothers and aunts are also frequently expected to dress more formally as part of the wedding party.  Consequently these dresses and gowns are meant for more mature women who often favor more modest styles.  More youthful, full-figured mothers may choose to browse other special occasion categories.

Depending on the formality of the wedding both short cocktail dress styles and evening gowns may be chosen.  Those taking part in more casual weddings my find less formal social dresses appropriate, as well.

It's not uncommon for either to come with a matching jacket or sleeves.  Classic colors are soft and muted, but brighter more vibrant shades - even red - are becoming more common choices.  Those looking for special occasion shrugs to go over sleeveless dresses which can be purchased separately will find one of the best selections at Dress Barn within their plus-size dress shopping category.

Church or evening suits and less formal jacket dresses or social dresses are additional options that are popular. It is getting more popular for some special wedding guests, such as grandmother's of the bride and groom, to choose evening pant sets rather than a dress, as well.

 

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Lace Column Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Chiffon Dress
Size 16 - 34W

Floral
Pleat Chiffon Dress
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL

Tadashi Shoji
Lace Cocktail Dress
Size
14 - 24W

Lace Column Gown
Size 14 - 22W

 

 

Internet Shopping Resources for Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses

Several of the major department stores offer especially good selections of plus-size dresses on-line with options suitable for older women in sizes up to 24W. 

Luxury Label Formalwear in Extended Sizes

Tadashi Shoji is perhaps the best known designer who has extended collections to include full-figured sizes.  A favorite of many celebrities on the red carpet, this New York Fashion Week regular is surprisingly affordable for special occasions.  The wedding, cocktail, and formal dress collections are regularly available up to misses size 18, with select styles available in the women's collections from size 14 to 24W.

Saks Fifth Avenue is the best resource for upscale designer options from labels such as Kay Unger, Marina Rinaldi, Lafayette 148, and ABS by Allen Schwatz in sizes up to 24W.  Both Saks and Neiman Marcus carry upscale and luxury designer formalwear labels in extended sizes 16/18 and the occasional 20 out on their main formalwear racks.

 

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Mac Duggal, Lace Capelet Gown, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Twist Front
Jersey Gown
Size 14 - 28W 

Mac Duggal
Lace Capelet Gown
Size 14 - 24W
 

Floral Overlay Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Sequin Lace Dress
Size 14 - 22W
 

 

Department Stores

Dillard's is a mecca for formal jacket dresses and special occasion styles with sleeves.  Recently they've been adding high end designer labels such as Tadashi Shoji, Mac Duggal, and Terani Couture to their already excellent inventory.  You'll also find more mid-priced options from brands such as Alex Evenings, Adrianna Pappel, and Pisarro Nights.

Nordstrom often has beaded dresses with sleeves from labels such as J Kara and Patra, in addition designer jacket dresses from Komarov. More cocktail length options are available here, but there are some full length long gowns, especially during the shopping season leading up to the winter holidays.  Lord & Taylor is particularly well stocked with evening and special occasion styles appealing to more conservative and mature shoppers in size 0 to 24W.

Macy's carries mainly contemporary styles appealing to a more youthful mother-of-the-bride with a few for more mature women here and there.  Meanwhile Bon Ton carries more moderately priced labels, many in more modest styles favored for mother of the bride.

 

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Lace Dress
Size 6 - 28W 

Lace Chiffon
Pant Set
Size 1
4 - 22W

Monique Lhuillier
Floral Lace Dress
Size 4 - 16

Lace Dress
Size 10 - 32W

 

Moderate Priced Options

Dress Barn is a moderately priced option with a much deeper inventory available on-line than in most retail store locations in size 4 to 24W.  Extended sizes are frequently available at Catherine's in size XL to 5X.  Meanwhile, Avenue carries dressier options for women size 14 to 32W during the holiday shopping season.

Indie designer Kiyonna has exceptionally popular dresses suitable for a variety of occasions.  Lace dresses are a specialty for Kiyonna and often have sleeves, in addition to popular jersey maxi dress styles that can be dressed up or down in size 10 to 32W.  Meanwhile, California designer Igigi is back and better than ever with beautiful fabrics, contemporary silhouettes, and lengths in both midi and full maxi. A new customizable, special order collection allows shoppers to modify bodices, sleeves, and lengths and ships in a quick 10 to 14 days for sizes 14 to 36W.

Draper's & Damon's is excellent for evening separates including coordinating evening tops, chiffon palazzo pants, and skirts with a particularly strong inventory for Alex Evenings separates and jacket dresses.

Lane Bryant has begun carrying labels such as Kiyonna, Adrianna Papell, and ABS by Allen Schwartz on-line only.  These dresses are often excellent selections mother-of-the bride and wedding guests.

 

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Embroidered Capelet Gown, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.come Editor's Pick Ruffled Chiffon Shift Dress, Size 6 - 28W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Shift Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Jersey Gown
Size 14 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Embroidered
Capelet Gown

Size 14 - 22W

Ruffled Chiffon
Shift Dress
Size 6 - 28W

Lace Shift Dress
Size 1X - 3X

 

Budget Shopping

For budget friendly formal options made to order at direct from factory prices browse the extensive selections available from Light in the Box and TB Dress in sizes up to 26W.  Alterations such as length can often be made in the ordering notes.

For budget shoppers, occasionally designer and upscale cocktail and formal dresses appropriate for the mother-of-the-bride turn up at Saks Off Fifth and Neiman Marcus Last Call, especially during the holiday shopping season when cocktail parties are in full swing.  Prices here are marked well below full retail with styles usually available from past seasons.  Nordstrom Rack  includes both designer and more moderately priced cocktail styles regularly marked down well below retail for sizes up to 24W most of the year.

 

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Beaded Purple Taffeta Dress, Size 0 - 36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Embellished Pant Set
Size 8 - 26W
Petite to 20P
 

Lace Sheath
Size 14 - 22W 

Chiffon Dress
Size 2 - 26W

Beaded Taffeta Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

 

Finishing Touches

Many formal and special occasion styles work best with smoothing undergarments and the proper foundation. Many of the plus-specialty retailers have begun carrying shapewear collections since larger sizes can often be impossible to find in the department stores.   Lane Bryant reliably carries a good selection of styles for a variety of needs from size 1X to 4X in both beige and black.

The best selection of dress shoes and sandals in a wide variety of sizes and widths can be found at Zappos.  All orders receive super fast shipping, both ways to help customers find just the perfect fit and look.  Evening bags are always in stock at the major, upscale department stores. One of our favorites is Nordstrom which also has one of the best shoe selections.

 

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Tahari, Blue Crepe Sheath, Size 2 - 18 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace
Bell Sleeve Sheath
Size
14 - 22W

Teri Jon
Metallic Column Gown
Size 2 - 18

Chiffon Jacket Dress
Size 8 - 22W

Tahari
Crepe Lace Sheath
Size 2 - 18

 

 

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