Can your mum wear white on your big day?

Wedding guests are not allowed to wear white. That’s the rule. But when traditions are getting ditched left, right and centre is it not high time we binned this one?

Bridesmaids in white look ultra chic, while a bride and her mum in complimentary pale ensembles looks positively angelic. Just ask Solange Knowles, whose mum Tina sported a heavenly floor-length ice white dress with long sleeves at her big day (and Tina decked the whole squad out in white for her own wedding six months later).

There’s never been more mother-of-the-bride outfits available in pale-and-interesting tones such as cream, ivory and white, while some of occasionwear’s biggest names – including John Charles and Ian Stuart – have brought wearing white into the mainstream for MOBs and MOGs.

Elegant pearl-hued outfits have been spotted in prominent mother-of-the-bride collections for the last few years, but they are sometimes passed over by boutiques and shoppers alike, for fear that a white MOB get-up is too daring, attention-seeking or out there. Don’t dismiss what could be your perfect outfit for a fear of what other people will think. If the bride okays – or even encourages – it then grab a few pale and interesting-toned wildcards to try on during your next shopping trip!

Here’s our white edit from the 2016 collections:

Moonraker taffeta dress (style 649) by Ian Stuart London.
Silver dress with white lace overlay (style DC191E) by Dress Code.
White dress (style8245) with matching coat (style 8246) by Michaela Louisa.
White dress and jacket with pink trim (style 3020056) by Cabotine.
Cream dress with a stone coloured jacket (FS16 Set 3) by Linea Raffaelli.
Slipper satin dress (style ISL650) in porcelain by Ian Stuart London.
Ivory dress with multicoloured print (style 8247) with matching jacket (style 8242) by Michaela Louisa.
Lurex 50's dress and jacket (style IR8905) in silver by Irresistible.
Silver beaded dress (style 9606) by Gill Harvey.
Dress with matching jacket (style DC181) by Dress Code.
Dolce taffeta and Venice lace dress (style ISL645) in French Vanilla by Ian Stuart London.
Floral illusion jacket and dress (style DC170) by Dress Code.
Metallic dress with embellished belt (style 9702) by Gill Harvey.

Two-toned guipure coat and dress (style 5228 and 5229) by Gina Bacconi.

Vintage beaded overtop with maxi dress (style 5239) by Gina Bacconi.