A rich, red motif dress works with flat sandals on the sand or high heels on the dance floor. This convertible maxi dress can be worn fifteen different ways, making it perfect for the versatile mother-of-the-bride who covets the the comfort of jersey, but also enjoys the elegance of a floor-skimming gown. Complementing nearly all body types, we recommend dressing it up with sparkly baubles or playing up an island destination vibe with a pop of turquoise jewelry.
Shop This Look: Ginger Convertible Maxi Dress, $310; anthropologie.com
Hot mama! Channel your inner old Hollywood screen siren in a satiny cowl-neck gown. Bonus: The cap sleeves and high back ensure this style is also bra friendly.
Shop This Look: Ghost London Fern Cowl Neck Gown, $300; nordstrom.com
Bridge the gap between formal and functional in an elegant midi dress that won't drag in the sand. This deep blue is one of the most universally flattering hues and the high-low hem lets you show off some festive footwear.
Shop This Look: Xscape Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress, $239; macys.com
A bold print in a streamlined silhouette makes an impact without going over the top. Exhibit A: This A-line fit-and-flare dress that’s just made for an island destination affair.
Shop This Look: Kate Spade Poppy Field Structured Dress, $448; katespade.com
Floral Wrap Dress
For more casual nuptials, opt for a pretty patterned wrap dress. Style this blue Diane von Furstenberg number with beach-ready espadrille wedges and a straw clutch now, then swap in polished pumps and a structured tote for the office later. And don't let the sleeves deter to you; this cotton/silk blend dress has a gauzy, flowing quality perfect for a seaside affair.
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Diane von Furstenberg Long-Sleeve Collared Floral Wrap Coverup Dress, $268; neimanmarcus.com
Beachfront vows call for nautical colors. Update the classic coastal look with a dramatic pleated silhouette and pops of oceanic purple and blue. Striking and flattering, the surplice V-neckline and spaghetti straps create a bold look for a confident mother of the bride.
Shop This Look: Jill Stuart Colorblock Pleated Gown, $498; nordstrom.com
Staying cool doesn't have to mean skipping the beading. A tulle skirt overlay and one-shoulder bodice ensure this embellished, nude tone option is light and breezy.
Shop This Look: Aidan by Aidan Mattox One-Shoulder Hand-Beaded Mesh Gown withs Sequins & Tulle Skirt Overlay, $295; neimanmarcus.com
Tropical flower hues and shimmering metallic highlights take this fitted frock to a very beachy place. Pair it with gold extras for a dressed-up look or let this stunner shine all on its own.
Shop This Look: Aidan Mattox Bardot Off-The-Shoulder Floral Gown, $330; saksfifthavenue.com
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Fit & Flare
This short, soft and romantic style from Eliza J will make any mother of the bride feel polished yet comfortable. Scalloped sleeves and a jewel neckline add to the appeal of this elegant lace dress. The description calls the color nude, but we think it can pass for rose or mauve, especially against white sands. The coordinated belt pulls this fun, flared look together perfectly. ($178; nordstrom.com)
Perfect for an evening beachfront wedding, this shimmering silver sequin R & M Richards Petite Embellished Illusion Gown will light up the night alongside the bride. The sheer mesh enhanced skirt is at once elegant and formal, but the round neckline and short sleeves tamper down the drama for a subdued yet memorable look. A sweet satin sash is the final touch. Also available in silver and navy. ($149; macys.com)
Pretty in Purple
We adore this shade of purple for the mother of the bride. A soft yet bold statement, this tea length, A-line cocktail dress features a delicate combination of lace and scattered sequins. Conservative mothers of the bride will appreciate the illusion neckline, cap sleeves and keyhole back, with just enough sparkle to feel festive. Also available in black. ($120; davidsbridal.com)
This decadent lilac floral gown by Alex Evenings features a ruffled, high-low hem and sultry V-neck. But the highlight is a matching shawl to wrap around your shoulders when the ocean breeze rolls in. Is that love in the air? Why yes it is, mama! ($219; macys.com)