Mother of the Bride: 4
Fashion Dos and Don'ts for the Big Day
Next to the bride
herself, her lucky groom and their flanking friends, you will likely get a
fair amount of visual attention both at the ceremony and the reception. Keep
in mind too that you will be one of the stars in your daughter (and son-in-law!)'s
wedding album. You want to be remembered by your future grandkids for your
hip fashion sense, not your hip replacement. Take a few tips from us on how
to look your best when your little girl says "I do."
1. DO: Pick trendy
Fashion-forward jewelry isn't about abandoning the classics. Current styles
cascade earrings, lariat necklaces and charm bracelets have all been
seen before. The trick to merging with the next generation is choosing
pieces that feature colorful, interesting gemstones. Use them to bring out
your eyes, pick up on a subtle color in your dress, or tie your ensemble
into the wedding's color theme.
DON'T: Pick cheap ones
Don't confuse quality, contemporary, handmade
jewelry with something you can find at a teenager's boutique at the mall.
The basis for all beautiful jewelry from that adorning everyone from
Audrey Hepburn to Madilyn Monroe and Eleanor Roosevelt is a sophisticated
use of gold, goldfill and sterling silver.
DO: Emphasize your youth
Jewelry can be a great way to shave a few
years off your bone structure. Pay attention to the shape of your face when
you choose earrings chandelier or cascading earrings flatter and fill
negative space at the base of a heart- or oval-shaped face, while studs and
short dangles elongate a round or square one. Neat, delicate necklace styles
pick up on the curves of feminine collarbones, while long pendants distract
from fleshier shoulders.
DON'T: Relive your youth
Resist the temptation to celebrate a little
too much and go easy on the champagne. No one wants to pick the mother
of the bride up off the dance floor least of all the bride.
3. DO: Acknowledge
the wedding colors
consideration to the photos and to your highly important role in this event,
it's appropriate for the mother of the bride to include a small reference to
the overall wedding theme. This is done most easily through gemstones, which
come in all variety of color intensities and hues. For a subtle tribute, don
a cuff bracelet with a single stone that dangles at the clasp. More
conspicuously, pendant necklaces and cluster earrings can be customized to
the color of your desire.
DON'T: Dress like a bridesmaid
Avoid choosing an outfit that matches the
bridal party or worse, clashes with it. It's best to distinguish yourself
on your own terms.
4. DO: Keep colors
the wedding style, you'll have a lot of choices to make regarding the
material, length, print and warmth of your outfit. Give yourself a break on
at least one decision and avoid ostentatious prints and patterns altogether.
Weddings are classified by simple, solid colors, and as an honorary part of
the wedding party, you should follow suit, so to speak. Pick a color that
looks good on you and then glam it up with accessories, as described above.
DON'T: Wear white
Or off-white, light tan, pale rose blush, or
any other color that could be confused with white from a distance. This is
your daughter's day, after all. Don't let anyone forget it.