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5 Mother of the Bride or Groom Styles For Less Than $200

Here are five mother of the bride dresses inspired by the mother of the bride or groom fashion episode of "Cityline.

Updated By: Catie Kovelman, 04/05/2022 

While the wedding day is of course a major event in the lives of the couple getting married, it's also a big day for the mothers of the bride and groom! The mothers of the betrothed are more important than the average wedding guest, and on a day that holds so much significance, any old evening dress just won't make the cut for the mother of the bride or groom. If you're searching for the perfect mother of the bride or groom dress, make sure to watch this clip on "Cityline" to learn about current bridal trends to help you pick the perfect dress for these wedding VIPs. 


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We recommend that the mother's look complement the wedding color palette and season. Some brides will even want their mother to pick an outfit that coordinates with the bridesmaid dresses in some way. However, mothers generally shouldn't feel restricted by traditional wedding attire. There is a widely held belief that only the most conservative and elegant mother of the bride or groom dresses should be chosen for the big day. However, the fashion expert in the above clip confirmed mothers too can express their unique style and highlight their favorite assets on the wedding day.

That said, the mother of the bride and groom should still dress appropriately for the occasion. For example, a floor-length evening gown may not be necessary, but cocktail-length dresses or pantsuits are often appropriate if the wedding calls for formal attire. But if the mothers do want to get a bit more dressed up, a floor-length gown works wonderfully for an event that is either black-tie or black-tie optional. 

Additionally, it's likely better to choose a dress with cap sleeves, decorative sleeves, or even a short sleeve over a strapless dress with a low neckline. Lately, sheer sleeves have become popular because they allow mom to cover her shoulders while also showing off a bit of her fun and sexy side. Ultimately, it's all about what makes mom feel comfortable and look her best on the wedding day!

Check out our favorite looks for the mother of the bride or groom. These five looks, inspired by the “Cityline” clip, will make mom stand out on her child's wedding day. Even better, they're all less than $200!


Mom can still sparkle without standing out too much. Instead of tons of flashy rhinestones, find a dress that comes in a fabric which has a bit of shine woven into it. Or, a darker metallic, like a gray or even black, with a hint of sparkle works well.

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Cold Shoulder Ruffle Glitter Gown

This shimmery gown is the ideal amount of sparkle for mom. The cold-shoulder style adds a slightly sexy look while providing a sense of sleeve many women desire. The side-ruching at the waist also makes for a flattering fit. 


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Sheer sleeves can make a dress still feel sexy while also being completely appropriate for the mother of the bride or groom. It covers the shoulders and if long-sleeved, the arms, but because of the translucent quality of the sleeve it doesn’t feel too heavy. 

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Embroidered Mock Jacket Cocktail Dress

This is one of the best mother of the bride or groom dresses we’ve seen! The sheer sleeves on this dress are elegant and loose, for optimal comfort when mom wants to get down on the dance floor! The floral pattern on this knee-length dress is perfect for a spring or summer wedding! 


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Velvet is one of those fabrics that always looks so regal and sophisticated. It’s also very forgiving. For a wedding that is in the winter or fall, this fabric is a fabulous look for the mother of the bride or groom. Jewel tones like emerald green or ruby are beautiful in velvet.

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Jada Ribbed Velvet Wrap Dress

This flare dress is simple yet elegant. The dress is shorter at the front and longer at the back, giving the dress a fun and flirty appeal, while still staying elegant. The neckline on this dress is great for most moms, and you can’t go wrong with any of the color options. Our favorites are the classy jewel-toned emerald green or the deep mulberry red. 


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A one-piece jumpsuit has definitely come into fashion in the past few years. They run the gamut from cozy loungewear to mother of the bride or groom appropriate. 


Wide-Leg Halter Jumpsuit

We can’t get enough of this fun and flowy wine-colored jumpsuit! The high neckline halter top is slimming and elegant, and the back of the jumpsuit is just as gorgeous as the front! The jumpsuit would likely pair best with a pair of black heels, although there are other shoes that would work, too. We can’t wait to see how fabulous mom looks and she spins and sways on the dance floor in this stunning wedding look! 

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Pants suits don’t have to be corporate! This mother of the bride or groom option can be totally doable and beautiful if you find the right set. If mom doesn't like showing too much skin, a gorgeous 3-piece pants suit can make her feel comfortable and still look dressed for a special occasion. 

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Jewel Neck Floor Length Pant Suit Chiffon Lace

The dusty rose color of this set reminds us of a wedding floral bouquet! Its flowy pants and light jacket all come together perfectly with the jeweled neckline and chiffon lace detailing.  

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If you're looking for additional ways to save, consider renting your wedding attire from websites like Rent The Runway. Whether you are looking for a selection of chiffon dresses, an elegant evening gown, a classic ball gown, or a fun party dress for the reception, Rent The Runway has the perfect dress for every style with flexible membership plans and rental options under $100 (and occasionally under $50)! After the wedding, simply ship the dress back so it won't take up space in your closet! Shop for the perfect dress now

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