Mother of the bride dresses have really come a long ways in the past few years. You used to just have the same basic chiffon choice with matching unflattering jacket that never really seemed to fit anyone. However, lately we are really seeing a big trend in this fashion style. This can cost you a little bit more money. In some cases it can even be as expensive as a bridal gown. However, this is one of the more important events of your life so you need to make sure that you pick a style that you really feel confident in.

Tea length mother of the bride dresses are going to be a little bit more casual than floor length. This is perfect for summer weddings or daytime weddings. You don't have to show a lot of skin to still get a lot of attention. In fact, you can be completely covered up and still be very striking. In this case, you may want to go for a vintage inspired design style, which is something that we are seeing a lot of in the fashion world right now. It needs to be a little bit more sophisticated such as featuring a faux satin fabric but it can have a structured collar and an hourglass shape to it. This is going to be one of the few mother of the bride dresses that you'll be able to reuse for other formal occasions later on.

When you look for plus size mother of the bride dresses really decide which area you want to accentuate. This is going to be very different depending on the person. You might want to draw a lot of attention to your neckline by going with more of the halter top kind of style. Then the rest of the dress should be a little bit more subdued and longer so it's still appropriate for the event. However, you may just want to go for a little bit more coverage on top and then just try to find pieces that use a slightly shorter skirt and then you can show off a great pair of designer heels as well.

You're also going to want to stick with some design trends just so that you feel age appropriate without being outdated or feeling old. In this case, you can try a tiered skirt. This is something that we really see a lot of right now. This can be a little bit inspired by the 1980s if it just has three larger tiers. However, it's also going to be very elegant if it just has a series of ruffles for the skirt. In this case, you can go for a very chic satin material. However, this is also one of the ways that you can take gauzy material such as an organza and chiffon that are staples for these dresses but just keep it very trendy and even youthful.

A staple for these kind of pieces is going to be jackets. This is going to allow you to take a basic evening gown that might be strapless and make it appropriate for the event. Usually these were pretty shapeless. However, if you go for a vintage bolero design this is one of the few styles where the focus isn't going to be on the jacket. In this case, you can have it made to really match the rest of the outfit. It's also one of the few ways that you can wear a floor length gown and still get plenty of coverage and comfort at the same time.