Shop Editor's Pick Plus-Size Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12 +
The mother-of-the-bride or groom always wants to look her absolute best for their child's special day.  Choose colors that compliment, but stand out from
the rest of the bridal party.  Styles usually are suited for a more mature full-figured woman with demure lengths, sleeves and shapes.  Church and evening suits are
often a great choice, along with formal jacket gowns.


 


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Your Favorite Internet Shopping Guide to Stylishly Plus-Size Clothing: Sizes 12 +

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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses in Sizes 12 +

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over.  Elegant Plus Sizing Report

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ Dillard's

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Formalwear @ Dress Barn

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ Igigi


Tadashi Shoji: 14 - 22W

Lace Jacket Gown, Plus-Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Bodice Gown, Sizes 12-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Lace Jacket Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Tiered Chiffon Dress
Sizes 14-24W

  Lace Dress
Size 12 - 32W

Plus-Size Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses Report
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Mother-of-the-Bride dresses are worn by more than the mothers of the bride or groom. Special wedding guests like 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 mature women who favor more modest styles.  More youthful 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. 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.

Church or evening suits and less formal jacket dresses or social dresses are additional options that are popular.

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.  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. 

Nordstrom often has beaded dresses with sleeves from labels such as J Kara and Patra, in addition designer jacket dresses from Komarov. Saks Fifth Avenue is the best resource for upscale designer options from labels such as Kay Unger and Tadashi Shoji.  Meanwhile, Dillard's is a mecca for formal jacket dresses and special occasion styles with sleeves.

Budget conscious department store shoppers may want to check out the offerings at JC Penney and Sears Dress Barn is another moderately priced option with a much deeper inventory available on-line than in most store.

While alight is mainly a trendy plus retailer, they have a surprisingly good and deep selection evening separates and dresses from labels such as Alex Evenings, Scala, and Adrianna Papell.  Sydney's Closet designs formalwear especially for full-figured women with a growing collection of both cocktail dresses and long gowns appealing to women who like upper arm coverage. Sizes here can be as large as 34W.

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

Amazon has one of the deepest and most diverse collection of dresses for plus-sizes with brands, labels and styles changing constantly.  Sizes up to 34W are not unusual, and some styles are difficult to find elsewhere with cocktail, special occasion and even formal dresses turning up.

Indie designers Igigi and Kiyonna have 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.  Igigi frequently has some stunning and sophisticated styles that are difficult to find in plus and super sizes to 32W.

Some more unusual shopping resources include Ashro for jacket dresses and evening suits,  Midnight Velvet for beaded chiffon jacket dresses with a romantic and vintage flair, and Draper's & Damon's for evening separates.

For the most upscale and sophisticated evening gown options look for Terani, Mac Duggal, and JS Collections at Blue Gala.  The size finder isn't the most accurate here, but it's worth clicking on size 18 to draw together all the larger sizes. Some labels are available as large as 30.

Those looking for chic, designer formalwear on a budget will want to have a look at the selection in sizes to 22W at Rent the Runway.  There you can rent gowns and cocktail dresses for the wedding, and return after the event.

 

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Plus-Size Mother of the Bride Dresses: Scala Vintage Beaded Jacket Dress, Sizes 18-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Jacket Dress, Sizes 12-34w | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Portrait Collar Dress, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Designer: Mac Duggal, Jersey Gown, Sizes 14-30W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Bolero Dress
Sizes 18-26W

Lace Jacket Dress
Sizes 12-34W

Portrait Collar Dress
Sizes
2-26W

Mac Duggal
Long Sleeve Jersey Gown
Sizes 14-30W

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ Amazon

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ Kiyonna

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Mother of the Bride Gowns @ TB Dress

Jacket Gown, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


 

Jersey Gown, Sizes 10-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Beaded Sheath Dress, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Jacket Gown
Sizes
2 - 26W

Beaded Chiffon Jacket Dress
Sizes S - 3X

Jersey Gown
Size 10-32W

Beaded Sheath Dress
Sizes 2-26W

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Wedding Shop @ Light in the Box

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Alyce Plus-Size Formal Gowns @ Blue Gala

Mermaid  Gown with Jacket, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Komarov, Chiffon Jacket Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Chiffon Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Plus-Size Mother of the Bride Gowns: Tiered Lace and Tulle Gown, Sizes 2-24 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Mermaid Gown with Jacket
Sizes 2-26W

Komarov
Chiffon Jacket Dress
Sizes 1
X - 3X

Chiffon Gown
Sizes 2-26W

Tiered Lace & Tulle Gown
Sizes 4 - 2
4

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ Dress Barn

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Terani Plus-Size Formalwear and Cocktail Dresses @ Blue Gala

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Macy's

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Lace Bodice Satin Gown, Plus-Size 14-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Illusion Sleeve Gown, Sizes 6-24| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Jacket Dress, Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


 

Lace Bodice Satin Gown
Sizes 14 - 32W

Illusion Sleeve Gown
Sizes 6-24

 Jacket Dress
Sizes 14-24W

Lace Bodice Gown
Sizes 14 - 22W

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ Catherine's

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ Nordstrom

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ Rent the Runway

Illusion Lace Dress, Plus-Size 16-34W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Ruffle Jacket  Dress, Size 8-22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Chiffon Overlay Dress, 14-22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Designer: Carmen Marc Valvo, Gold Lace Dress, Plus-Size 16-22W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Illusion Lace Dress
Sizes 16-34W

Lace Jacket Dress
Sizes 8-22W
Petite to 16P

Chiffon Overlay Dress
Sizes 1
4-22W

Carmen Marc Valvo
Gold Lace Dress
Sizes
16-22W

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