Reader Question: Stylish Mother of the Bride Options

I got an interesting reader question from J (Have you written in with a reader question? I luuurve them! Email me yours today!) the other day and asked me to help her out with a little dilemma. See, she and her mom are having trouble finding something tasteful and appropriate for her mom to wear at her wedding. So, J (who writes the blog Sparkly Love [Have you seen it? You should, cuz it’s ADBORBS!]) asked me for my thoughts. Here’s what she wrote:

"My mom is 5'9" and fuller figured. She wants something that doesn't look "matronly" but she also doesn't want to feel under-dressed, as she's the mother of the bride. I know that my MIL and Step-MIL are going to wear formal dresses, so I don't want my mom to feel awkward on the day of when it's time to take pictures. My dress is pretty dressy – so I would prefer that hers be a little on the dressy side, but I also want her to be super comfortable.

I want her to feel good in what she's wearing, but I also don't want her to wear pants! So my plan was to take her somewhere with totally fabulous dresses that would make her feel amazing so that we are both happy!

I think she'd prefer that the dress be long because but it needs to be light because we are getting married on the beach in July. My mom told me originally that she was looking for navy blue. I thought that would be awesome because my girls are wearing a hydrangea blue color (like a periwinkle). She tends to look for darker colors like black/navy/burgundy. [Budget-wise], I'm guessing she'd like to stay under $200.

We've got like 40-something days to go!"

Well, J and J’s Mom – check out what I found for you (all gorge and all under $200!):

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*1. Overstock.com Adrianna Papell Women's One Shoulder Evening Dress in Marine Blue ($137.99). *2. Joielle Cowl neck Chiffon Gown with Blouson Bodice in Many Color Options ($190.00). *3. Macy's Patra Dress with Shawl Evening Dress in Blue ($119.99). *4. Overstock.com Patra Ltd Women's Taffeta Ruffle Dress in Lapis ($95.99). *5. Nordstrom ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Fringe Trim Chiffon Gown in Navy ($198.00). *6. eShakti Faux-Wrap Embroidered Maxi Dress in Navy Blue ($59.95). *7. Light in the Box A-line Floor-Length Satin Dress in Many Color Options ($179.99). *8. Nordstrom JS Boutique Beaded Waist Jersey Gown in Navy ($198.00).

So, J and J’s Mom – I hope there’s something in here that will work for you (and all your gorge curves [as my grandma used to say, “If ya got ‘em. Flaunt ‘em.”]). Let me know what you think (and send pictures of whatever you end up choosing!). Tulle Nation, did/does your mom have the same dress issue as J’s mom? What solution did she discover? Please share!