Preparing to be the Mother of the Groom: The Dress

Not too long after my friend’s great makeover, we went dress shopping.  Fortunately for Tammey’s open mindedness and willingness to put up with me (“Try this on, try that on!”)  she found a dress the FIRST DAY.  She got it in a deep plum shade, but here is the style:

Tiered dress with shawl by Alex

Here she is, without alterations, jewelry, the right shoes or make up, but with her beautiful teenage daughter, who will be a bridesmaid:

Mother and daughter

Shimmery with just a little bling appropriate for the wedding:

  • The plum is complementary to the purple & silver scheme of the wedding
  • …and complementary to her coloring
  • It is appropriately low-key compared to the Mother of the Bride
  • Flatters her “pear” figure and is age-appropriate [Not matronly but not trying too hard, either.]
  • And most importantly, approved by the future daughter-in-law.

Stay tuned for 3 more installments: my dress, her accessories and The Event!


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Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on, Southern Living Magazine, and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.