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Mother of the Bride Attire

Sunday 8th May 2016
She's not a bridesmaid - but she may as well be. What the mother of the bride decides to wear on this special day should naturally tie in with the theme of the bridal party but there's a fine line between a gaudy gown and a two piece that looks too tired. For brevity and peace of mind, we've put together a guide of what to wear and where to shop.
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Jacquard and Brocade

Textured fabrics and clean silhouettes are design aspects that create a sense of modernity at any age. Australian designer Carla Zampatti specialises in formal wear for the empowered woman. Sleek asymmetrical lines, luxurious brocade fabrics and delicate fringing accentuate the natural form of the female figure. Striking necklines that emphasise the collar bone and bold, opaque hues characterise Carla Zampatti’s A/w 16 Collection. While simplicity is key, adding a shoulder bow or single layer of draping will cast a timeless elegance and will double to camouflage any insecurities. If you decide to opt for a pattern, jacquard is a woven raised texture fabric that will lend itself to a modern look, so long as you select a neutral colour palette. Anthea Crawford is another Australian gem that every Mother of the Bride should acquaint herself with. Experiment with lace and tulle and enure you aim for support, just as much as sophistication. When selecting an ensemble, let the bride’s gown set the guidelines for your apparel choice.

Jackets and Blazers

Don’t let the weathers ambiguity defeat your outfit. Accompany your ensemble with a shawl or blazer. Focus on neutral colours that blend with the design and silhouette of your gown or suit. Alternatively, if your outfit is predominately one colour, you can use this opportunity to incorporate a pop of vibrancy. Structured blazers are extremely sophisticated and work perfectly to tie in accessories and bold prints. We recommend a asymmetrical jacket constructed with silk satin fabric and a silk or velvet panel, which drapes across the waist and ties loosely at either side. This detailing works with a free flowing dress and cinches in the waist for a little more definition.


Scanlan Theodore Crepe Knit Wrap Jacket, $550, Dion Lee Navy Belted Shell Silk Satin Jacket, $890, Lover Journey Jacket, $695.


We understand that choosing the right outfit to wear on your daughter’s big day can be daunting. To help you along, we’ve included our favourite go-to Australian boutiques.

Green with Envy – Known as the Australian “destination for fashion”, this Melbourne boutique stocks a range of noted designers like Ellery, Christopher Esber and Dion Lee.

La LouvreThis one stop shop is located in South Yarra, Melbourne and stocks some of the most exclusive labels from around the globe.

Dutchee Dutchee An atmospheric boutique run by four sisters, Dutchee Dutchee is home to bohemian inspired garments and elegant evening wear. Situated in Cronulla, Sydney this store will make your heart sing.

For Artists Only  This high-end boutique in Sydney’s Double Bay features some incredible designers including Bianca Spender, Lover and Zimmerman.

2BabesBabes2 provides an intimate shopping experience on the NSW coast. With a curated range of designer pieces from Victoria and Woods and Shona Joy.

By Grace Campbell

Sunday 8th May 2016