It took five bridal salons before your daughter found “the one.” And now, after countless hours on the phone talking about whether the chicken or the fish was better at the tasting and if cousin Jeremy should get a plus-one or not, you realize the wedding’s approaching and you still have nothing to wear. Well, fear not because we found a not-so-hidden treasure trove: Macy’s mother-of-the-bride section. The store’s collection of picks is wide-ranging (with plus-size and petite options, too!), affordable (most pieces are under $200!) and stylish—in fact, we hand-picked 15 of our favorite dresses that will look gorgeous night-of and in photographs in years to come.
1. Sequined Lace Dress by SL Fashions
This plus-size dress is proof that you can be both formal and fun. The sweetheart neckline and sleeves provide structure while the A-line silhouette allows plenty of give for when you’re ready to hit the dance floor.
2. Embellished Chiffon-Overlay Gown by XSCAPE
Show us a woman who actually wants to flaunt her arms (OK, aside from Michelle Obama). But you can cover up and still look sexy; the key is to opt for some strategic cold-shoulder cutouts.
3. Chiffon Cape Gown by XSCAPE
This dramatic silhouette is all about embracing the spotlight (but not stealing it from the bride!). BTW, we absolutely live for a mother-of-the-bride who revels in a well-deserved fashion moment!
4. Metallic One-Shoulder Gown by Adrianna Papell
For the black-tie wedding that requires you to bring on the glam. Just add rose gold jewelry.
5. Beaded Gown & Chiffon Scarf by J Kara
The halter neckline and fitted beaded bodice of this style are highly flattering. Wear the scarf down the aisle and then leave it on your seat during the reception.
6. Chiffon Capelet Sheath Dress by Betsy & Adam
This gorgeous dress (that, yes, is available in plus sizes) comes in deep, elegant plum as well as fail-proof black. The pleated sheath and chiffon overlay make this figure-flattering garb a smart choice for cocktail-attire affairs.
7. High-Low Gown by R & M Richards
An A+ glam factor is smartly balanced out by the round neck and short sleeves, which means you can don this fabulous dress at either a cocktail or a black-tie event.
8. Illusion Embellished A-Line Gown by Alex Evenings
Mother of the bride (or groom) cannot go wrong with a dark navy dress. And the sheer and embellished neckline means you can cross off “find a necklace” from your to-do list ASAP.
9. Portrait-Collar Fit & Flare Dress by Jessica Howard
Classic, sophisticated and specifically tailored for those petite ladies out there.
10. Beaded-Sleeve Gown by XSCAPE
Another elegant find from the petite selection, this V-neck and ruched waist are basically steroids for your figure. (And that slit is badass.)
11. Off-The-Shoulder Lace Gown by R & M Richards
There is just something so graceful about a little peekaboo detail, which is why we love this off-the-shoulder lace gown. The metallic finish is an elegant touch, too.
12. Sequined Lace Midi Dress and Jacket by R & M Richards
This two-piece lace sheath dress and collarless jacket effortlessly takes you from the ceremony to the reception. And though the outfit comes in five other colors, we love how the silver will look in pictures against your daughter’s white dress. (Pass the tissues.)
13. Embellished Mesh Gown by Adrianna Papell
No, you probably shouldn’t wear white to the wedding…but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a pop of it.
14. Peplum Rosette Jumpsuit by Adrianna Papell
Because who said you have to wear a dress? With the right jewelry and shoes this get-up can be as formal as you need it to be. And yeah, that peplum is incredibly flattering.
15. Embellished Chiffon-Overlay Jumpsuit by MSK
Let’s go through our checklist:
Peekaboo sleeves X
Yup, this one covers it all.