We’ve seen it all when it comes to Mother of the Bride outfits at weddings. From the almost wedding dress (Lynne Spears, we’re looking at you) or hemlines shorter than the bridesmaids, there are a lot of potential disasters. It’s time to act to avoid your mum showing cleavage worthy of Pamela Anderson or impressing Angelina with thigh high slits!
Before your mum begins the search for the perfect outfit for your big day, run her through a couple of these great Aussie brands. With them, she’ll be sure to find something special.
Carla Zampatti – www.carlazampatti.com.au
Carla Zampatti is one of Australia’s most influential designers. Known for beautiful tailoring and smart cuts, these designs are not just for the bride and her bridesmaids. Styles vary from a little sexier like a high neck halter neck gown or more modern like a pair of boot cut trousers with a classic jacket.
Price range: $300 – $1200
Sizes: 6 -14
Great for: The modern mother of the bride who is chic yet on trend
George – www.georgefashion.com.au
George’s collections are fashion forward while incorporating the latest international style and trends. With beautiful embellishments and Grecian empire line gowns this range is inspiring and ethereal. Whether it’s a tailored above the knee smock dress or a one shoulder floor length gown, the colour palette is often pale and neutral. A note of warning – many of their designs are strapless so they may not be for everyone.
Price range: $380 – $900
Sizes: 6 – 16
Great for: Mums who are a little taller as most of the gowns are floor length
White Runway – www.whiterunway.com.au
White Runway offers the largest selection of Ready-to-Wear and Custom Made gowns. Solely online, White Runway has over 125 Mother of the Bride dresses that are all on trend now. Styles include glamorous floor length gowns, above the knee long sleeve peplum dresses, wrap dresses and one shoulder dresses. Plus that’s not to mention all the lace dresses and glamorous sequin dresses you could want. All dresses are designed and delivered to your door within 1 – 12 weeks.
Price range: $180 – $2000
Sizes: 4 – 24
Great for: The fashionista mum
Queenspark – www.queenspark.com.au
Queenspark offers a wide selection of classic statement pieces that boast traditional feminine silhouettes. Their wide range of rich textures and bright colours are great for the mum who isn’t afraid of a little colour and rocking a bold pattern. Specialising in both plus size and petite sizes, their range goes from 6-22 and XS- XXXL. They’ve also got the power of celebrity. Elizabeth Hurley recently designed a collection for the brand.
Price range: $50 – $300
Great for: Mums who are after an affordable yet stylish outfit
Mr K – www.mrk.com.au
With over 40 years’ experience in the Australian fashion industry, Mr K is a brand that’s been around for a long time. Specialising in affordable evening and special occasion wear, Mr K is remains an iconic brand women know and love. Best known for their twin sets, their styles are often elegant and favoured by the mum who wants to be on trend without blowing the budget. With options from long sequin and chiffon gowns to a- line skirts as well as matching dresses and jackets, Mr K is a strong, reputable brand to consider.
Price range: $245 – $410
Sizes: 8- 24
Great for: Mums who want to look glam but elegant at the same time