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Elegant Mother of the Bride Dresses: 10 Best Places to Shop Online

Looking for elegant mother-of-the-bride dresses available online? Let me help you find some great options!

That’s actually my own beautiful mother (and father) pictured in the photo above! It was taken at my big brother’s wedding, which I guess technically makes what she’s wearing a “mother-of-the-groom” dress…

The dresses I’ll talk about here in this post will work for ALL moms and ‘mature’ women with a wedding to attend. And although I absolutely LOVE the elegant and affordable mother-of-the-bride dresses available at Nordstrom online (linked here), this list will dig a little deeper into perhaps lesser-known options. 🙂

I’ve tried to compile a list of classy and elegant dresses that women will feel comfortable and beautiful in. Some of them are from unexpected places where you might not have thought to look for mother-of-the-bride dresses.

This list includes:

  • Off-the-shoulder sequin gowns
  • Velvet cap-sleeved gowns
  • Plus size gowns
  • Three-quarter sleeve lace gowns
  • Long sleeve wrap dresses with a tulle skirt
  • Mermaid silhouette gowns
  • …and more!

If you aren’t in love with the dresses featured in the photos, I still encourage you to go check out each website and see if there’s another dress option that you’ll love.

Every woman is different and has different tastes in color, fabric, and style so there may be a perfect dress for you on these websites that just isn’t featured in a photo here. Do some searching around and I’M SURE you’ll find something classy, elegant, and hopefully affordable, that you will love.

*Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored. It does contain affiliate links, which means that any purchases made through my links will earn a small commission for this website.

#1 Zapaka Vintage

Zapaka Vintage has dresses inspired by past decades, in all colors and all lengths — including floor length and tea length. Many of these dresses are super lacy and elegant, or come with sparkle detail that would be perfect for a mother-of-the-bride dress.

Whether you’re attending an outdoor wedding and need something light and loose, or attending a fancy black-tie wedding, you’ll be able to find something in this collection.

This dress is called the Off Shoulder Sequins Mother Dress and at the time of writing this blog post, is on sale for $128.65. Zapaka seems to have frequent sales, so check to see if you can save some money on the style that you’re looking for!

#2 Kennedy Blue

Kennedy Blue advertises their gowns as “bridesmaid dresses” but some, such as “The Evelyn” are perfect for Mother-of-the-Bride gowns too. This one in particular is so elegant, comes in eight different colors, and ranges in size from 0-24 (U.S.).

This one at the time of publishing this article is just $139.00. There are a bunch of other beautiful and elegant options on their website to check out.

#3 NeeSee’s Dresses

NeeSee’s advertises “modest” dresses, but that really only seems to mean that they have tons of dresses with sleeves, which I love 🙂

The Maddilee comes in small, medium, and large, and is $69.99 at the time of publishing this article.

#4 Kiyonna

Kiyonna specializes in plus size cocktail, lace, maxi, and evening dresses and has some under $100.

They are really flattering with tons of sparkling reviews. The Screen Siren Lace Evening Gown, at $189.00, has 119 reviews averaging 5 stars at the time of publishing this post!

#5 Lulu’s

Lulus is awesome. The collection of mother of the bride and cocktail dresses on Lulus is EXTENSIVE and best of all — affordable.

I love the ruffles and lace-like embroidery, and the flattering fitted waste. Sizes run from XS to XL.

#6 Blushfashion

Blushfashion is one of my favorite companies for unique, beautiful, and comfortable gowns.

This is actually where I bought my own wedding dress from! They’re based in Israel and their designer will take your measurements and customize your gown if you wish.

Blushfashion has many whimsical and romantic-style wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses on their website.

Some may think it strange for the mother-of-the-bride to go for a tulle skirt and slit, but I love it! For youthful mothers-of-the-bride who want a softer look, I think this is really beautiful.

There are also other dresses with lace sleeves on the Blushfashion website that would be nice for moms. This one pictured above is $256.10 at the time of publishing. Check them out!

#7 Cocomelody

Cocomelody sells wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and mother-of-the-bride dresses such as this one (which is $199.00 at the time of publishing this post).

I haven’t personally purchased a gown from Cocomelody but have heard many fabulous recommendations.

#8 Azazie

The detailing on the dress pictured above is just so pretty! This is the “Alyssum MBD” from Azazie, selling for $136 on their website.

Check out this one and so many other gorgeous dresses now!

#9 After Five Fashion

After Five is a family-owned business right here in Vancouver, where I currently live.

They’ve been selling designer dresses for three generations and now ship around Canada and the United States!

I love many of these dresses for mother-of-the-bride gowns, but especially the one called “JDL SPRING 2020 BY ALYCE PARIS 27359” on their website. This one is currently being sold for $258.00 and is available in sizes 2 to 26.

#10 Asos

ASOS is a brand I really love and actually where my partner got his wedding suit.

In addition to great men’s wear, they have bridal dresses, bridesmaid dresses, wedding guest dresses… and dresses that would be great for mothers-of-the-bride! For example, the one called the “ASOS DESIGN embellished floral occasion maxi dress in mint” sells for £95.00.

That’s all for now 🙂 These are the brands I really like for mother-of-the-bride dresses! Happy searching and have fun on the big day!


Brittany is a writer and teacher in Vancouver, Canada. She started the website Wayfaring Weddings as a way to share her research on affordable, eco-friendly, and less stressful approaches to wedding planning.