Maternal Materials: Dressing My Mom

When I was growing up I used to take clothes out of my mom’s closet. Not all of them, mind you, but every once in a while I’d borrow a shirt or a dress. I imagine if we’d been more similar in shoe size we would have shared shoes back and forth, too.


Mother’s Day gift from last year: portraits done by Love Song Photo


My mom was there during most of the occasions I chose dresses for school dances, and she was there the day I found and (later) the day I bought my wedding dress. I’m her only child so I know this is a special process for her, just like it’s special to me.

I also know that it means she wants to look extra good-looking at our wedding.

“I don’t want to look old.”

That was all my mom told me.

So here’s what I’m thinking:


Komarov Sheer Sleeve Dress from Nordstrom

I love this one—I think it’s super flattering, the navy is elegant and classy, and my mom has liked styles like this in the past. My one concern is that the sleeves might get too warm for partying it up all night (like I hope she’ll do).


Komarov Embellished Square Neckline from Nordstrom

This one is similar to the first one but has a different (fancier) neckline. The color is beautiful but, again, the sleeves might get too warm.


Komarov V-Neck Textured Dress from Nordstrom

This one is really beautiful and I think it’s gorgeous. Bonus: the jacket is removable, allowing for maximum cooling during partying it up. The website says this is “teal ombre” but it looks pretty dark to me—I’m not exactly sure if the color is necessarily wedding appropriate.


Komarov Pleated Dress from Nordstrom

This one has the removable jacket again and the same lovely belt. This one is my favorite, I think. The color would be beautiful on my mom; plus, it’s blue AND gray, both the wedding colors! Major problem for this one? The price! It’s $398.


Pisarro Nights Beaded Dress from Nordstrom

I don’t know how my mom would feel about this one. I think it’s very elegant, but I know it’s longer than she typically likes. Plus sleeves. It may be too close to an “old” looking dress for my mom’s tastes.


Adrianna Papell Tiered Chiffon Dress from Nordstrom

I think this would be pretty on my mom—navy is a great color for her. My main concern with this one though is fit and, potentially, that the style is too close to the chiffon styles that the bridesmaids are looking at.


Marina Lace Dress from Macy’s

Navy again, and a beautiful silhouette. This one might be too clingy for my mom’s tastes, though. The hint of sparkle is really fun!


Alex Evenings Dress from Macy’s

I don’t know if my mom would like this style, but I think it’d be great on her. The neckline is really flattering and the color and style is beautiful. This says “sophisticated but still hot mama!”

Since we weren’t expecting to go shopping any time soon for a dress, I stopped looking. On Mother’s Day, however, my mom and I looked at dresses again, and we found one that jumped out to both of us. After a week, with each of us looking at it every day, my mom made the decision to buy it. So excited!


Alex Evenings Dress from Nordstrom

I love it! It wasn’t available in the store, so she bought it and had it shipped to her. They didn’t have her size, so she ordered up and we’ll find someone to alter it for her. I can’t wait to see what it looks like in person (though she did send me a picture)! I know my mom wants to shorten it a bit (she’s not a fan of long dresses), but we’ll see what it looks like.


So what do you think? Did anyone else spend a lot of time thinking about what their mom would wear? Or is that just me and my obsession with clothes/shoes?


Mrs. Campfire

Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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  1. Member
    Merelymere 476 posts, Helper bee @ 3:24 pm

    Good choice!
    Oh yes! I wanted Mom to feel pretty too…and her dress also came from Nordstrom!

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 3:55 pm

    That’s a pretty dress! I think the length works really nicely with the proportions on the bust, but I bet it would look cute short too!

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    mzjynxie 783 posts, Busy bee @ 4:26 pm

    She looks sweet…. :)

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:37 pm

    @Merelymere: Oh man, I love it so much! I’m happy we found it. They have it in teal, too, which I thought about for myself…
    @Mrs. Genie: I’m hoping she keeps it long for that exact reason… I think she decided to shorten it AFTER the wedding to get more use out of it.
    @MzJynxie: Thanks! :)

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    amandaleaou 221 posts, Helper bee @ 4:45 pm

    She looks great! I love your choice!

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:59 pm

    My MIL wore Marina Lace Dress or something very similar to it in gray (one of our wedding colors) and looked lovely <3

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    lina010 2696 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:38 pm

    You two look exactly alike! And your mom looks fabulous! Good job!

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    nawella 1466 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:52 pm

    I absolutely am spending a lot of time wondering what mom is going to wear and we’re in a similar predicament where I have a younger mom and all these old lady dresses are so unnecessary! Definitely holding onto this for inspiration!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:59 pm

    @amandaleaou: @lina010: Thanks!
    @SuperDuperBrit: It’s so pretty! I really like it – but we avoided it because it seemed a bit clingy on the tummy.
    @nawella: Yeah, finding the balance was hard. I didn’t want her to look too young, but I wanted to honor her desire to find a dress that didn’t make her feel old. Good luck!

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    Mrs B., Guest @ 6:55 pm

    The marina lace from Macy’s was actually my Maid of Honor’s dress for my wedding in the navy color. It is clingy and also VERY low cut. Looked great on my Maid of Honor, who had great cleavage, but might make your Mom feel slightly uncomfortable.

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:16 pm

    Awww I adore that dress your mom chose, she looks gorgeous!

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 7:47 pm

    Your mom looks so beautiful! She made a great choice… the color is stunning!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:07 pm

    What a pretty dress, it looks wonderful on your mom!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:12 pm

    @Mrs B.: Good to know!
    @Mrs. Wallaby: @Mrs. Beanstalk: @Mrs. Pony: I think so, too! And she got fun gold strappy heels to go with it, too!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 8:27 pm

    First, you and your mother are both gorgeous – it’s obviously genetic! Second, I am in a similar search for my MOB dress, and this detailed post was very helpful – thank you! The gray Pisarro Nights dress arrived today from Nordstrom (it’s been my second choice favorite for a while.) For anyone else who is considering it, the sheer fabric is a true gray, but the underlayer and much of the beading looks much more blue in person than it is on the wonderful Nordstrom’s website. That said, it is a drop dead gorgeous dress, just not the right one for me. Hope I finally find one that is as flattering as your mom’s – she looks great in it!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:34 pm

    @TexasAggieMom: Thank you for the very kind compliment! I’m glad this post helped – I definitely spent a lot of time looking at dresses because I want my mom to feel beautiful at my wedding. Good luck on your own search – I’m sure you’ll find a perfect dress!

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    msmeow 1988 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:10 am

    Beautiful choice! The color is lovely on your mother. It’s wonderful to see a mother and daughter look so much alike and love each other so much. I love your Mother’s Day pictures :)

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    Melisssa, Guest @ 3:35 am

    where did you see the dress in teal???

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    von1976, Guest @ 5:31 am

    The Adrianna Papell Tiered Chiffon Dress is GORGEOUS. My MIL wore it in “Blueberry”, but in the long length version. It looked great on her, and did not make her look old. I’d suggest going to the store and trying on the ones you can find. My MIL was very surprised at how the Adrianna Papell looked on, and found that some she loved on the hanger, she didn’t like (and vice versa).

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    Essa 124 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:08 am

    Searching for a dress for my mom has been, and still continues to be, a long process. While she doesn’t mind the classic MOB (old style) dresses, I’m having trouble finding one in a color she’d wear AND in a decent price range. Even though I’m spending a lot of money on a dress I’ll only wear once, I hate the idea of her doing it. Plus she hates to shop so it is on me to find something for her. The search continues!

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 6:29 am

    All of those dresses look gorgeous and the one she picked is great on her. I haven’t even given a thought to what the mother’s will wear–and I don’t think I’m going to. As long as they’re comfortable, I’m good.

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    goldstar 796 posts, Busy bee @ 7:02 am

    Well, it certainly isn’t old. I’m 26 and I would love to to rock that. She looks really great, and you’re right that is a great color for her.

    I have thought a little bit about my mother’s clothing choice, but not much.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:07 am

    Cute! We looked a little at MOB dresses when we picked out BM dresses, but everything we liked was $400+! That’s so crazy. I really like the one you chose and the blue/gray one with the removable jacket. So pretty! I hope we can find something nice for my mom that she will feel fabulous in as well!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:10 am

    @MsMeow: Thanks!
    @Melisssa: Right here!
    @von1976: I really liked it, too!
    @Essa: I highly recommend Nordstrom. They have lots of fantastic options, both in store and online!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:11 am

    @Miss Road Trip: Yeah, I am definitely trying to find the balance. My mom wanted help, but I’m not sure if my FMIL does.
    @GoldStar: I totally would rock it, too!
    @Blonde17Jess: Yeah, the price tag was not something I was excited about. The one we went with ended up being the least expensive! (Only $175!)

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 9:48 am

    I love your mom’s dress! I think she should keep it the length it is…that way, she won’t have to wear nylons!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:07 pm

    You picked a great dress. I know that mom and I will spend a good amount of time looking for her outfit, as well!

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    scarlet_letter 369 posts, Helper bee @ 4:29 pm

    I love all of these choices for a MOB dress.
    As you know, I have to select *two* outfits and mom2 is standing her ground on wearing a purple tux. I am not amused. :-/ Mom1 has already purchased her dress and I love love love love it.

    Your mom is adorable and that is a fantastic color on her!!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:31 pm

    @bridesmomma: I really hope she keeps it long!
    @priyathescientist: Thanks and good luck!
    @scarlet_letter: A purple tux? Oh dear… Good luck!

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