The mother of the bride draws much attention on her daughter's day and needs the beautiful outfit to match her all-important role.
HELLO! Online has searched far and wide to find the most suitable numbers that flatter women of all ages but at the same time, won't steal the bride's spotlight.
Before you decide to buy though, read through these top tips from luxury designer Ian Stuart who gives his best advice for prospective mothers of the bride.
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What style tips do you recommend for more mature women who want to look really glamorous but dress age appropriately?
"For me, personality is much more important than "age appropriate". No matter what age group a lady is, clothing should reflect her spirit, not the year she was born. For example, I'll design a magnificent gown, that is sexy and dramatic, but I will add sheer sleeves to cover arms and elbows – you don't have to compromise on style to cover up."
Do you have any tips for which dresses/styles suit different body shapes?
"Ruching and pleating are great for any woman who feels she wants to disguise any lumps or bumps, the extra fabric gives support and again, inbuilt corsetry in a gown gives every woman a nipped in waist, which I think is essential in enhancing any woman's body shape. Fifties inspired shapes are a good look to go for if you are worried about slinkier styles. The fuller skirt looks amazing on all shapes, as it gives the illusion of an hour class figure."
Do you have any tips for stylishly taking your outfit from day to night?
"As well as thinking about style, you do need to consider the functionality of your outfit. So perhaps find a matching jacket and wrap which is great for changing weather."
What is THE colour to wear to high-end events this winter?
"If you're not opting for black, which you can always rely on to look like a knock out at any event, wear a metallic like a silver, gold, steel or platinum, which ooze luxury. Beautifully beaded lace and crystal embellishments on these colours will create a glamorous couture finish."
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