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The Best Mother of the Bride Dress for your Body Guide

Plus Size Women's Adrianna Papell Beaded Cap Sleeve Sheath Dress, Size 14W - Beige

For mothers of the bride searching for a dress that complements and accentuates the body’s best features, it is definitely an issue that comes up at most weddings. From petite to plus size, short to tall, and every size and shape in between, you will probably find yourself in more than one category, which makes finding the perfect dress for the wedding day even that more daunting.

Fret not, for there are dresses that will allow you to look and feel your absolute best on the wedding. But first, in order to find the best dress possible for your size, there are some guidelines to keep in mind that will ultimately help you look great for the grand event.

Top Heavy

If you have a large bust, it is important to invest in a garment that works like a great bra to lift your foundation while simultaneously not come off as too revealing. Minimize your curves by wearing a full skirt on the bottom. These v-neck lace gowns are sophisticated, ultra-feminine dresses that celebrate all of your curves in grand style.

Broad Build

If you are a woman with broad shoulders, a halter neckline dress is one of the best ways to them, especially when paired with a bodice that creates the desired hourglass shape effect.

If you have great shoulders, there is no reason to conceal them. A great option to consider is a chiffon dress featuring a shirred bodice and skirt to accentuate your natural silhouette.

Pear Shaped

If you are pear-shaped, with a small chest and larger bottom, there are a few options to accentuate your body type. A beaded dress, or dresses with details on the neck or back to draw attention to your upper area and de-emphasize your bottom half is a great choice to consider. Flared Dresses or those with an A Line cut will skim through your thighs and not draw attention to them.


If you are full-figured from head to toe, invest in a dress that plays up your shape. The best options include an embroidered woven gown, which complements curves while creating the illusion of an hour-glass shape.  See below for our most popular plus sized dresses


If you are a certain size and stature (over 5’9” approximately), then you have the advantage of looking great in just about anything, so the sky is truly the limit for selecting the perfect dress for a mother of the bride. A great option is a sheath dress, which hugs the body and accentuates long lines. You are also one of the few that can get away with wearing with tea-length dresses.

There is absolutely no reason not to look and feel as great on that special day. With the right approach, every mother of the bride can find the perfect dress to achieve the ultimate look in style and grace.

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