Cocktail-length dresses are one of our favorite looks for mothers of the bride and groom. Not only is it chic and stylish, it is comfortable and practical too. This pattern of the dress hemline hitting just above the knee is versatile and can take you from morning to evening. Being a classic style, that has forever been fashionable, a cocktail-length dress will give you the elegance you need in your important role as the parent of the bride or groom.
Here are some styling tips to help you choose your dress for this memorable occasion, and how you can accessorize to look just perfect on the day.
Choose a dress that plays up your best features and hides ones that aren’t so attractive
Different patterns highlight different features of your body. If there is a feature that you are particularly proud of, choose a cocktail dress that will emphasize it. This could be your slim waist, shapely legs or tight bust. For example, this beautifully textured Mori Lee dress has small embellishments on the square neckline, that draw attention to the model’s upper half. The illusion sleeves also shift focus to slender arms that are just visible, beneath the fabric. If you want to show off your slender figure and shift attention away from your legs, this is the dress for you.
Choose the right length and waistline depending on how tall you want to look
A shorter hemline gives the impression of longer legs and can help you look taller. Not only is this style good for showing off well-toned legs, but you also look well-groomed. Similarly, positioning of the waistline can also make you look taller or shorter than you actually are. An empire waist, for example starts just below the bust and makes you look taller. But it is a pattern that can add more bulk to your frame. So choose it accordingly.
Choose the colors and prints wisely
Cocktail dresses are available in various colors and prints, but not every design is suitable for every frame. If you have on the bigger side, wear loud prints and patterns. If you are generally small to medium-built, it is better to choose solid colors and simple patterns that aren’t too overwhelming. Also, make sure that the color is one that complements your skin tone. Try it on and see how you look in natural lighting, to make sure that the color enhances your facial features and makes you look attractive.
A general rule when choosing accessories for your dress is that it should go with the dress, and not work against it. Choose shoes that match or are of a neutral colour. If your dress is simple, feel free to wear statement jewelry and larger accessories. If your accessories are huge and your dress is also loud, your look can be too cluttered.
To find the perfect mother-of-the-bride dress, visit us on Best for Bride. Our collection features dresses of all designs and patterns. You will have no trouble finding one perfect for this important day.