Don’t have a clue what to wear on your daughter or son’s wedding day? Then let our fun mother of the bride quiz lead you to some popular looks…
1. What’s your dream mini-break destination?
A. A weekend at Ascot with the girls
B. A yacht in Monte Carlo with George Clooney
C. Going on a cruise around Europe with your other half and some of your friends
D. A dinner party in Paris at Karl Lagerfeld’s loft
2. What’s the worst thing someone could say about your wedding day style?
A. “She blended in.”
B. “She looked frumpy.”
C. “She was mutton dressed as lamb.”
D. ”She looked tacky”.
3. What kind of shoes will you be wearing?
A. A pair of sparkly slingbacks
B. Louboutin pumps
C. A pair of court shoes
D. Black stilettos
4. Describe your style in one word…
5. Where do you do your weekly shop?
A. Waitrose (but might top-up at Asda!)
B. Don’t care as long as they deliver
D. Can’t cook, won’t cook (you eat out mainly)
6. What’s the most important thing on your phone?
A. Your pictures
B. Your little black book
C. You just use it to phone and text, you wouldn’t know how to use half the features
D. Your calendar and alarm clock
7. What will you be drinking on the big day?
A. Champagne, of course!
C. A nice glass of Pimms
D. A decent Sancerre if they have one
8. At the wedding you’re most likely to be found…
A. Greeting everyone as they arrive
B. On the dancefloor
C. Catching up with family and friends
D. Checking the suppliers are on track so there’s no problems later on
You’re a glamorous mother of the bride who likes the finer things in life. You can’t wait to dazzle everyone on the big day!
Your aim is to look like a million dollars, and a dress with jacket or bolero and a matching hat will help you do just that. Metallic accents keep things extravagant, but pastel tones ensure you don’t look too flashy. Candice Nicol at top Glasgow occasionwear boutique Catherines of Partick (catherinesofpartick.co.uk) agrees. “The dress and jacket is a traditional mother of the bride look, and can suit all ages and shapes. Going for a bolero updates the look to a more modern style. This look is great as it helps define the mother from the rest of the guests who may go for a more smart/casual outfit.”
You’re a foxy mother of the bride who takes pride in her appearance and isn’t afraid to show off her killer curves.
You don’t want to upstage the bride on her big day, but you don’t mind turning a few heads, so you should be on the lookout for vampish print dresses that will look slinky and form-fitting, without being skin-tight (leave some room for champagne and canapes!). “A beautiful dress which enhances, or creates, an hourglass figure looks stunning for a confident mother of the bride,” advises Stephanie Sykes at Honeyman Boutique (dianehoneyman.com). “In spring/summer 2014, expect to see lots of vibrant fusions of bold colours,” she adds.
You’re a mother of the bride with classic style. You like to look good, but won’t be sacrificing comfort to do so!
Some might say you have a sensible fashion sense, but you prefer to see it as time-honoured. It’s your daughter’s day and the spotlight should be on her, so you’re looking for something that’s appropriate but not too fussy. A dress with matching longer jacket is a great choice, because having something over your dress is a nice cover up, while still being a perfect match and keeping your silhouette streamlined. “Most styles like this have bracelet-length sleeves, which are really practical for making it feel less like an overcoat, and for showing off your accessories,” Stephanie advises. A hatinator is a great wearable addition to this look.
You’re a chic mother of the bride who likes to look sharp and ready to take on the world
Your worst nightmare is the ‘trad’ mother of the bride look with the massive hat, so stick to smart tailoring in a palette of monochrome and grey. You can normally be found in a sharp suit, or if you really have to, a little black dress. It’s important to dress in what you’ll feel most confident in for the big day, so if you’d prefer to look elegant in a jacket and trousers then your daughter should understand, and be enthusiastic about her mega-stylish Parisian chic mum. Candice would also recommend a suit for practical reasons: “Separates are particularly good if you are different-sized top and bottom as they can be bought individually, minimising alterations.”