There seems to be some rule floating around that says the mother of the bride, no matter what her age or figure, must dress in some pastel colored dowdy get-up that makes her look like a body double on a Golden Girls set. I see such things for sale all the time on re-sale sites. These mammas, hopefully realizing their mistake before the wedding, advertise things like POWDER BLUE, SEQUINED SUIT DRESS and PATCHWORK CHIFFON CREAM/LAVENDAR LACE GOWN. Always, they are boxy and unflattering. Almost always there is some sort of jacket involved.
This look does not say to me, “My little girl is getting married today and OHMIGOD I could just die!”
Now, I know one should not outshine one’s daughter on her wedding day, but come on. Respectable does not have to mean entirely reserved. Maybe I’m too progressive on this one. But I see no reason at all a Mother of the Bride Dress can’t look like this one, from Mon Cheri Bridal. You could even put a jacket over it.