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She’s the second most important lady of the day and at a formal wedding she’s the hostess, so the Mother of the Bride can have almost as much fun choosing her outfit as the bride herself. Mums look, feel and act much younger than they used to – they may be Mums, but they don’t want to look mumsy. And when it comes to dressing for your daughter’s wedding there are only a few rules to bear in mind.
CO-ORDINATE YOUR COLOURS with the bridesmaids’ outfits and with the Mother of the Groom – you don’t want to stick our like a sore thumb in the photographs.
BE YOURSELF – buy an outfit that makes you feel like a million dollars, but that you’re comfortable wearing. Traditional tailored Mother of the Bride outfits are stunning, but if they’re not you, go for something that is. If you’re happiest in trousers, top them with an elegant, floaty coat and choose a fabulous top to change into for the evening reception.
ACCESSORISE CAREFULLY – the most beautiful outfits can be completely spoiled by the wrong accessories. When you go to choose your hat, bags and shoes, take your outfit with you and try the whole ensemble together so you can see the full effect.
WHAT ABOUT A HAT? It’s the finishing touch to your outfit, but if it’s an informal wedding or you just don’t feel right, try the wonderful feather fascinators which are so popular and so easy to wear. If you’ve spent a fortune on your outfit and can’t justify buying a hat, think about hiring one.
WEAR IN YOUR SHOES – You’re going to be doing a lot of standing on the day and, if you’re feet are hurting, it’s going to show on your face.
Hidden away in the middle of Dartmoor, next to the old Harrowbeer Aerodrome, Beau has a very welcoming and tranquil feel about it: even the gentlemen accompanying their wives can sit and relax with a coffee or tea, and a paper to read, while their partner enjoys her shopping experience.
There’s a fabulous selection of mother of the bride and wedding guest outfits from collections including John Charles and Condici, with hats and fascinators and hatinators to buy or to hire.
County Couture is owned and managed by Lynsey Throup, a talented designer and dressmaker who specialises in exclusive mother of the bride/groom outfits and evening wear for every occasion.
After gaining her experience working in London for a couture bridal boutique and a designer dressmaker on the Fulham Road, she returned to Devon to establish her own company. Now County Couture creates flattering, individually tailored designs which, when coupled with Lynsey’s extensive knowledge of fabric, cut and style, become a winning combination.
Every creation is a high quality handmade garment, fully fitted to perfection and with exacting attention to detail and all accessories are available to match and complement your outfit.
A complete range of stylish outfits for Mums and wedding guests from collections including Spanish labels Cabotine, Zeila and Izabella, plus matchinbg accessories including hats and fascinators. Also beautiful evening and prom dresses.
John Lewis personal stylist Jess trained in both colour analysis and body shapes at London College of Style – so she can quickly identify pieces to suit her customers, helping them find their identity and their confidence and allowing them to be who they want to be.
John Lewis offers a variety of appointment types including occasion wear, wardrobe refresh, holiday wear, work wear and even finding that perfect pair of jeans. Group bookings in store make for the perfect day out with the girls. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco for each guest while you try on clothing selected for your group.
You can also have virtual styling appointments.You can book for yourself or a group. Get the girls round for an afternoon and enjoy the virtual appointment together. This will be with a personal stylist via Zoom and will include lots of styling advice, hints and tips.