How to Choose Mother of the Bride Dress for Different Body Types

The mother of the bride and mother of the groom look forward to the day when their kids get married. However, we also know that even though newlyweds deserve all the attention, picking the right attire is not always simple. That is why we are here to tell you how to choose mother of the bride dress for different body types.

Finding THAT perfect mother of the bride dress can take longer than you sometimes think. It is not always easy to find something that will fit a mother’s personal style, the venue, the wedding theme, and everything else. Especially can be tricky for specific body types.

This article should help you pick the best dress, according to your body type. We have gathered some tips and tricks, as well as examples, that should help you make the right choice.


What Body Shape You Have?

Do you know what body shade you have? There are some fruit-described ones, but the point is not in the name of the shape. The key to finding your body shape is so you can find a perfect dress. That one that highlights your best parts, while at the same time covers the body parts that you don’t want to be seen.

When it comes to choosing the mother of the bride dress, all the rules can be applied, according to your body shape. First of all, let’s see how you can determine your body shape.

Hourglass Body Shape

The hourglass body shape describes women with the approximately same size bust and hips, and a narrow but curvy waist.

Pear Body Shape

This body shape is probably the most common one. You can find some call it triangle as well. It is described by narrower shoulders, small bust, neat waist, and curvier hips and bottom. 

Rectangle Body Shape

The rectangle body shape is also known as the banana one. The main characteristic that separates this type from others is the same width of shoulders, hips, and waist. The midsection is slim while the waist is less defined. The women with this body shape have long arms and legs.

Apple Body Shape

You have an apple body shape if you carry weight in your midsection and bust, your back and rib cage seems a bit wider, but you have slim legs. The waist is less defined, while the hips are narrower than the midsection.

Inverted Triangle Body Shape

You have this type if your shoulders are much broader than your hips. There is little or no definition of the waist. This type is described by straight and squared shoulder lines.

How to Choose Mother of the Bride Dress for Different Body Types

Now that you have determined a body type, let’s dig into different examples of mother-of-the-bride dresses, suitable for each and every body type. Brides, mothers, are you ready to get inspired?

Hourglass Body Shape – Define your Waist

How can you dress for your daughter’s wedding and enhance the hourglass body shape? Believe it or not, this type is one of the easiest. You simply need to wear something that defines your waist and feminine silhouette.

What style to choose? A classic wrap dress or A-line dress with an enhanced waistline will be perfect for an hourglass body type. Avoid cuts that are too flowy since they won’t be highlighting your waist. On the other hand, you can always add a stylish belt. The dark color of the dress will highlight all the things you love about your body shape.

Pear Body Shape – Elongate the Body

The key to finding a perfect dress for a mom with a pear body shape is in enhancing the top of the body. Meaning, embellished top, with flowy sleeves and ruffles. That is a great way to draw attention from the body and waist to upper parts.

The purple A-line dress with ruffle sleeves and embellishment will suit pear-shaped women. Even though it is long-length it can be worn to both modern and classic weddings.

Apple Body Shape – Show Off Legs

Mothers of the bride, make sure to wear something well structured if you have an apple body shape. You can highlight your bust and legs, show off your arms with off-the-shoulder dresses.

Some of the popular dress styles to try for apple body shape are empire and wrap dresses. You can also try a two-shaded V-neck tea-length dress made of beautiful crepe.

Inverted Triangle Body Shape – Attention Always from Shoulders

Inverted triangle and apple body shape are quite similar. Both of these shapes are known for wide shoulders. The difference between them is in the midsection – apple-shaped women carry a bit more weight.

All that is needed is to find a dress that draws attention away from the shoulders. The off-the-shoulder neckline of this white and grey mother of the bride dress makes a balance between the upper and lower parts of the body. Creating a volume with a flared skirt will create an illusion of an hourglass body shape.

Rectangle Body Shape – Upper or Bottom Part Highlighted

Rectangle, banana, or athletic – no matter how you call this body type, one thing is sure. This body type is one of the most practical ones. You can actually wear anything you want. This shape looks fantastic in almost everything!

Keep the top and bottom balanced and highlight one of them. Pencil dresses, halter, scoop, or sweetheart cut dresses would be a good choice. The lovely pencil dress in dusk color with an embellished bodice is a perfect choice for the mother of the bride.

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