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11 Best Stepmom of the Bride Dresses

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Her mom is wearing purple, her bridesmaids will be in pink, but if you’re the stepmom of the bride, your dress choice is a little less obvious. As a bonus mom, finding a dress that suits you can be challenging, so we’ve outlined a few things to take into consideration and rounded up the most stunning “stepmom dresses” out there. 

What should a stepmother of a bride wear?

Long or short? Dark or light? Formal or more casual? To start, ask your stepdaughter what your role is in the wedding. Some stepmothers stand in place of biological moms at weddings, while others are considered to be more like honorary guests. Many traditional weddings seat stepparents a row or two behind the couple’s biological parents. But with modern times, anything goes, so it’s best to inquire first. 

If you’re a part of the wedding party, shopping for a more formal dress is the best way to go. If you’re a guest, then you have a handful of other options depending on the following factors.

In what season does the wedding take place? Winter and fall nuptials usually call for warmer attire, whether that’s a faux fur cape for winter ceremonies or just longer length sleeves and skirts. If it’s taking place during spring and summer, cocktail dresses that hit at the knee or calf are appropriate. Longer gowns with simple details are also acceptable picks.

How formal is the wedding? Ceremonies and receptions have come a long way from the traditional church gatherings followed by a banquet dinner. While many couples still go this route, outdoor weddings and laid-back ceremonies are becoming more popular. Perhaps your stepdaughter decided on a boho chic or rustic theme. In this case, taffeta might feel too formal, but a drapey, chiffon sundress might do. If she’s sticking to a black tie affair, then be sure to dress accordingly. Remember, it’s always better to err on the side of elegance!

What is the wedding color scheme, and what are others wearing? Matching the bridesmaids isn’t the best idea, so finding out what colors the women will be wearing will help you decide which colors to avoid. If the bridesmaids are wearing sky blue and you want to stick to the blue color scheme, go for a navy or deep aqua to match the wedding theme. White, cream, and ivory are often no-gos for weddings unless it’s specified in your invitation.

Keep scrolling to shop FIRST‘s picks for the best stepmom of the bride dresses, so you can celebrate the bride without worrying about your attire. 

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