Aisle Style . Fashion
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Who Was That Woman?
Many a mother is breaking the mold.
What does the mother of the bride want to wear this season?
“Anything but the typical mother-of-the-bride gown,” says Tara Lewis of Tiara’s Bridal Boutique in Lewes. “She’ll say, ‘I don’t want to look dowdy. I want something youthful and upbeat. Please help me.’”
So Lewis points such women to fabrics that are forgiving, like chiffon and dupioni silk. “We stay away from the satins,” says Lewis, who orders extra fabric if the mother would like a jacket for a dress that doesn’t have one. “We give them the option of having one made by our seamstress onsite, or we can make a shawl.”
“Mothers tend to like their arms covered,” says Tammy Robinson, owner of The Wedding Boutique in Dover. “Their dresses are typically long, with a jacket to cover their arms.”
Two designers that are popular among the mothers at The Wedding Boutique are Karen Miller and Forever Yours. “Some of the dresses have beading, but it’s subtle,” Robinson says. “Mothers don’t want to outshine the bride.”
Another trend: short. “We’re definitely selling a lot more cocktail dresses,” says Jennifer Hewes, manager of Jennifer’s Bridal in Hockessin. “They’re wearing dupioni and shantung (silks) in tea length, and we’re selling a ton of two-piece and mix-and-match sets. Quite a few moms are buying five to six pieces, including a short skirt, a long skirt, a jacket, a bustier, and a stole or shrug. Our typical mother-of-the-bride line has just died off.” —Susan Oates