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Your son's big day is fast approaching and as the mother of the groom you want to look your very best, however, you're stuck for ideas on what to wear. Would you prefer a classic fail-safe or is standing out from the crowd in something more unusual your thing? We've put together this style guide, which considers all shapes and sizes, to help you decide...

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Gone are the days when it was impossible to find a shop that catered to petite women! Thankfully, most brands now have sizeable selections, meaning you won't have trouble finding that perfect mother of the groom frock. Look for skirts that sit higher on the waist, creating the illusion of longer legs, and add a cropped jacket or top to enhance the shape of your upper body. Oh, and you musn't forget to wear a heel, even if it's just a two-inch kitten heel, the little boost will work wonders. Colour-wise, avoid darker shades as they'll eat you up, and instead get adventurous with your colour palette: dazzle in silver or make a real impact in cheery yellow.

petite outfits mother of groom 

Left: Silver lace-detail two-piece, £165, JD Williams;  Navy blue fascinator, £35, Phase Eight; Silver satin peep-toe shoes, £59, Monsoon


Right: 3/4 sleeve white bolero, £49, John Lewis; Lemon print pencil skirt, £65, Boden; Yellow suede slingbacks, £66, Office.




When you're stumped for ideas whilst shopping it's often easier just to grab something old and familiar from your wardrobe at home, but we say, go outside of your comfort zone, especially for your son's big day! Firstly, we must share with you a secret: it's a myth that dark baggy clothes flatter your plus-size figure. If anything, they do the opposite! The key is in the fit. Avoid highlighting lumps and bumps with flesh-grabbing or bulky materials, and opt for structured garments which have some stretch to them. Look out for wrap dresses and ruching detail as these designs work to flatter your figure and hide a multitude of sins. Also, don't shy away from prints and colour. Big, bold prints are favourable to small, and colour blocking - particularly monochrome - can give the illusion of a leaner silhouette. 


plus size outfits mother of groom

Left: Longline jacquard jacket, £69, Just Last Season; Navy mid-length tailored skirt, £15, Just Last Season; Grey bow-detailed hat, £55, JD Williams.  


Right:  Knotted polka-dot dress, £69.99, Mango; Navy patent court shoes, £57, Marisota; Navy felt fascinator, £45, House of Fraser.


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For the more statuesque females of this world, clothes shopping is a minefield at the best of times, especially when you're trying to find the million-dollar outfit to watch your son get married in, but fret not, we're here to help. As advocates of celebrating all shapes and sizes, we say emphasise those long legs of yours in slim leg trousers, adding that extra va va voom in a bold print top and statement hat. Don't feel the need to shun longer garments, as long as they have clever detailing - frilly cuffs to break up the length or tapering to create curves - you'll look well-proportioned and ever so elegant. Shoe-wise, avoid anything too chunky, and if you want to wear a heel, go for it!

tall mother of groom outfits 

Left: White slim leg trousers, £25, Long Tall Sally; Black and white spot print blouse, £26, Dorothy Perkins; Black and ivory occasion hat, £55, JD Williams


Right: Yellow fluted sleeve jacket, £50, Fifty Plus; Navy draped midi dress, £39.50, Marks and Spencer.



Curves are notoriously difficult to dress. You might be larger on bottom but small on top, or vice versa, so it's tricky finding clothes to fit such a sinuous shape. However, we know of a few tips and tricks to help you smooth those contours, number one being to 'wear your size'. Buying garments too small or too big is a common rookie error. The last thing you want is to turn up to your son's nuptials in a super slack skirt or shrunken dress! Choose fabrics that hug your figure rather than smother it, tie waists or wrap detailing can work a dream, and if you've ever considered wearing a two-piece trouser suit, now's your chance! Blazers are great for balancing a top-heavy figure and tailored trousers teamed with wedges will compliment your bottom half. We recommend sticking to pastel colours as they will flatter your shape, as well as being on-trend and occasion-appropriate. Don't forget the fancy hat, too! 

curvy clothes mother of groom

Left: Latte kimono-belted dress, £110, Phase Eight; Pebble disc-shaped headpiece, £35, John Lewis; Nude leather heels, £59, Clarks. 


Right: Lavender blazer, £59, and slim leg trousers, £45, Marks and Spencer; Metallic wedge sandals, £69, Clarks.


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