When you're the mother of the bride, getting dressed is no easy task. Between all the wedding planning, parties, and—of course—the bride's dress, it's a wonder you've even got time to shop for your own. Lucky for you, that's exactly what Rank & Style is here for. Thanks to the help of our unique algorithm that factors in best-selling buzz, rave user reviews, and editorial mentions, we've gathered a roundup of the most gorgeous M.O.B dresses a mom can buy—none of which steer too bridal, too bridesmaid, or too boring. From elegant floor-length numbers to a lacey blue stunner fit for a beach-side ceremony, the list that follows features something for every season, style, and budget. Keep scrolling to shop the Top 10 and get ready to turn heads while your girl ties the knot. Opening image: macys.com
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JS Collections Leaf Soutache Trumpet Gown
BEST FOR: If you're looking to stay away from lace, opt for this top-rated trumpet gown instead. Gorgeous embroidered fronds give it the same formal look, but it feels a lot fresher than your average M.O.B. number.
USERS SAID: "I have ordered and returned so many dresses in my quest for a mother of the bride dress that doesn't have sequins or beading, isn't matronly, and isn't too young-looking. I’d almost given up. When I tried this one on at the store, I knew it was the one! Classy, clean lines, with a really interesting look. I’ll need it hemmed a few inches, but the fit is flattering and forgiving."
Pisarro Nights Beaded Longline Gown
LOVED FOR: Intricate beading makes this dress feel undeniably festive, but the neutral color options keep it from coming off as too over-the-top. It's the perfect blend of fancy and functional.
STYLE WITH: Why buy an ankle-grazing dress if you're not going to wear it with some killer shoes?
Alex Evenings Mock Two-Piece Tea Length Dress
LOVED FOR: Don't be afraid to flaunt some sequins if that's your thing. This mock two-piece has just enough sparkle to add some serious glitz and glam to your look, but it's subtle enough to (probably) keep you from outshining the bride.
WHERE TO WEAR: Destination wedding in the works? Reviewers rave that this dress packs perfectly—it'll come out of your suitcase wrinkle-free.
Vince Camuto Off The Shoulder Gown
WHY YOU NEED IT: This elegant LBD is proof that black does not have to be boring. You'll be able to wear this classic long after the ceremony is over, and best of all, it rings up under $200.
STYLE WITH: Pair it with black pumps for a monochromatic look.
Alex Evenings Compression Embellished Ruched Sheath Dress
BEST FOR: With a cinched waist and compression fabric that smooths and slims, this dress is perfect for the M.O.B. that wants an ultra-flattering option.
USERS SAID: "I bought this in charcoal for my son's wedding, and it's gorgeous! It's very flattering, and the material feels wonderful. I must have tried on 30 dresses, and nothing compared to this one. So elegant!"
Pisarro Nights Embellished Mesh Gown
LOVED FOR: From the glittering beads and sequins to the godet-flounced silhouette, this dress gives off major Gatsby vibes. While you can't go wrong with the beautiful blush option, the dusty blue shade is perfect for a beach-side ceremony.
HELPFUL TIP: This dress runs a bit large, so we recommend sizing down for the perfect fit.
JS Collections Soutache Lace Midi Dress
BEST FOR: If you'd rather not wear a full-length frock, take this stylish midi dress for a spin. Thanks to the high neck and standout sleeves, it makes just as much of a statement as a longer option would.
LOVED FOR: Don't let the lace fool you—this curve-hugging dress has just enough stretch to keep you comfortable while you dance the night away.
Alex Evenings Embellished A-Line Gown
BEST FOR: With sheer sleeves and dazzling beaded embellishments, this A-line gown is the perfect way to take your basic black dress up a notch.
HELPFUL TIP: This comes with a soft, built-in bra, so there's no need to fuss with complicated undergarments.
Jessica Howard Portrait-Collar A-Line Dress
LOVED FOR: Folded cuffs, a portrait collar, and a full skirt make this dress the epitome of elegance. All this stunner needs is some show-stopping shoes to top it off.
USERS SAID: "I finally found a dress I like that wasn't meant for a teenager or my grandmother. This dress is stylish and sexy—the neckline reveals just enough for me, it flatters my shape, and it hides a whole lot of bumps. Thank you, Jessica Howard!"
Alex Evenings Rosette A-Line Gown
LOVED FOR: Instead of the usual lace or sequins, this dress switches things up with all-over rosettes. It's the perfect way to stand out without stealing the spotlight.
FUN FACT: It's also machine washable. Run, don't walk.