10 Stylish Tea Length Mother Of The Bride Dresses
These tea length Mother of the Bride dresses will have you seriously considering midis.
It's an exciting time when your daughter gets engaged - your weekends are now filled with white dress shopping, bride magazine flipping, and long talks over eggs benedict brunches about the pros and cons of pink champagne vs. lemon cake fillings. But while she's busy putting together her dream wedding, you also have the added bonus of choosing a dress you yourself will feel beautiful in. All eyes will be on the bride once the wedding march starts, but you will be standing sniffling on the side, so you need a dress to match those over-the-top happy emotions you will be full of.
There are a lot of mother of the bride dresses to choose from, where you can choose a playful mini, a floor sweeping maxi gown, a timeless cocktail dress, and just about everything in between. But if you chose the tea length mother of the bride option, you might be wondering where to start in terms of how you want it to look. After all, just because you nailed down the silhouette doesn't mean that the work is over. The battle plan is just getting drafted.
From column gowns, to Audrey Hepburn-inspired A-lines, to asymmetric hemlines, there are many ways you can wear a mother of the bride tea length dress. You can dress it up in glittering sequins for a black tie wedding, feel romantic and old-world in lace, pick out a column option for a beach ceremony, or pick out a blooming floral pattern that would be perfect for that garden party wedding your daughter is set on. There are about as many versions of a tea length dress as there are stars in the sky, which can feel overwhelming at first. Which is why we rounded up some of the loveliest choices for mother of the bride midi dresses, helping you get started on your search. Bookmark this page as inspiration, and get shopping!
1. Embellished Mesh Gown
Sometimes women stay away from tea length dresses because they believe that the not-quite-long, not-quiet-short hemline cuts them in an awkward place and makes them appear shorter. But there are a couple of styling hacks that will help you nix that issue - you don't have to be willowy and tall to pull off this particular length. If you need a little more leg length to feel comfortable with the proportions of the skirt, simply wear nude colored heels. According to Glamour, it elongates the leg and makes it feel longer, instantly creating height without growing an inch.
This Pisarro Nights tea length mother of the bride dress is a lovely pick because it also creates a little more length with a mesh overlay, letting you to flirt with the midi length while also simultaneously wearing a floor-length gown. The designer also specializes in glittery, beaded evening dresses, so if this isn't exactly your style hop over to Pisarro Nights' page on Nordstrom and see if another one of the tea length frocks are a better match.
2. High/Low Gown
If you want to play with a tea length dress but don't quite like the way the hemline hits you mid-shin, a great workaround that problem is to try out a high/low gown. The hemline is asymmetrical, where it starts out as a tea length in the front, and then slowly tapers into a floor-length gown in the back.
This particular dress is from Alfred Sung, a designer who specializes in clean-cut but structured silhouettes. Spanning through sizes 0-18, the frock comes in five different colorways, letting you choose the hue that would best match your daughter's wedding. You can pick between blush, burgundy, black, hunter green, and royal blue, giving you plenty of options. Plus, it has POCKETS! Meaning you can stash everything from your lip gloss, to hankies, to a spare snack from the sweets table in there.
3. Soutache Mesh Dress
For those that prefer a more body-hugging silhouette, this JS Collections from from Nordstrom is a solid choice. The frock skims your curves and flairs out into a slight trumpet hemline on the bottom, creating a timeless look that has stayed popular across decades. (Meaning you won't look back at photos 20 years from now and cringe at the trendy cocktail dress you picked out.)
This particular designer has a lot of different options at Nordstrom, and they are all ornate evening dresses that have luxurious details like braided lace, but manage not to look overly flashy or over the top. This particular piece comes in sizes 2-16, but there is also a plus size version that runs from 14W-22W.
It also comes in five different color options, so you can pick the one that would blend the best with the wedding's color scheme, which is important. The rule of thumb is to ask your daughter what colors she wants and which ones to avoid, but even if she bans a favorite shade of yours, there is still a way to get what you fancy.
"If the bride rules out a color you like, such as white or black, you can accommodate her wishes by choosing a similar shade - think champagne or silver instead of white, and midnight blue or dark charcoal in place of black," designer Adrianna Papell shared. "If you love bold hues but don’t want to call too much attention to yourself with overly bright colors, opt for a darker or lighter version like a deep burgundy or a soft rose instead of red."
4. Ruffled Tea Length Dress
Not everyone has a formal sense of style, and if you prefer to choose something a little more festive and light-hearted, ruffles are a great way to go. This crepe dress has a tea length hemline that makes it feel equally flirty and sophisticated, and it's laden with ruffles that fall down the length of the dress. Coming in a Vermilion hue, it will make a statement but without becoming center stage of the wedding party.
This would be an especially wonderful pick if your daughter is throwing a colorful wedding, where the bridesmaid dresses are in cheerful, look-at-me hues. According to David's Bridal, the MOB dress should compliment the bridesmaid dresses while still standing apart from the pack. "The mother of the bride is special. She needs to stand out a bit from the bridesmaids, so her dress should complement rather than match the bridesmaid’s dresses," David's Bridal shares. "For example, the MOB could wear a dress in a similar color to the bridesmaids but in a deeper shade. She could also wear a contrasting color or a color in the same seasonal family as the bridesmaid’s dresses."
And don't worry about the bright red hue - modern brides aren't scared of color. "Gone are the days of boring colors for Mom - and we could not be happier," wedding formal-wear designer Adrianna Papell shares. "Talk to your bride and groom about their color scheme and what the bridesmaids will be wearing...The more traditional bride may have a very specific vision in mind. Other brides may be a bit more flexible to your preferences. This conversation is crucial."
5. Lace Tea Length Dress
Is your daughter throwing a garden wedding, or marching down the aisle to pastel hues during spring? You will want to coordinate with the charming and feminine theme of the big day, and there's no better way to do that than with colorful lace. This tea length dress is made from Guipure lace and captures a floral pattern, featuring a fit-and-flare profile with an asymmetric hemline that feels slightly vintage with its trumpet shape. It's the perfect dress for an intimate, romantic wedding.
6. Geo Appliqué Dress
For the mother of the bride who appreciates a little more glitz and glamour, this geo appliqué dress adds a little texture to the look while still looking understated and modest. Featuring an illusion neckline, the appliqué goes over a strapless bodice and creates a cap sleeve silhouette, creating a covered-up look without feeling like you're drowning in material. If you want to dress up the champagne dress a little more, you can choose a satin belt with gemstones on it to create a little more pizzazz - and luckily for us, BHLDN carries a whole bevvy of them that would be the perfect finishing touch to tie together this tea length dress.
7. Floral Tea Length Dress
While a mother of the bride dress usually runs towards evening-wear, there is no real wrong way to do it. The dress is dependent on whatever your daughter's style is and what you feel beautiful in - and if that happens to be feminine lace and floral appliques, then lean into that style. This tea length mother of the bride dress from Anthropologie is ideal because it's inconspicuous enough to blend in beautifully with pictures, but it has enough personality to speak to your sense of style.
Fashion experts agree that it's more beneficial to steer towards timeless designs like this classic silhouette so photos don't feel dated within a few years. "Remember, you will look at these photos in years to come. Opt for something current yet timeless with clean lines," 40 Plus Style suggested.
8. Sporty Cut Tea Length Gown
You would never think that a sporty silhouette would be appropriate for a wedding, but don't worry, we're not about to suggest you wear a sports bra for your daughter's reception. Instead just opt for an athletic inspired neckline to help balance out the femininity of a tea length dress. This high neck, sleeveless dress has a racer-back vibe to it, which is the perfect contrast to balance out the flirty mermaid-flair hemline and lace applique.
Many MOBs reviewed the dress under Nordstrom's website, and one shopper wrote, "After trying on what felt like hundreds of potential dresses for my daughter's wedding, this one finally felt and looked just right. It was an August winery wedding - outside day ceremony, followed by evening reception - and she requested that the ladies wear hats or fascinators! So it had to be elegant and MOB worthy, but not long!" she shared. "This dress with its flirty high low hem was perfect."
9. Embroidered Ruffle Dress
If you want to make a statement, why not try out a dress with a little more personality? This tea length number is memorable because it has three-dimensional blooms sprouting from vines that tumble all the way down to the ruffled hemline. If your daughter has a romantic wedding planned, this would be a perfect pick to help coax out that whimsical vibe.
10. Wiggle Dress Tea Length
If you have curves, flaunt them! This tea length mother of the bride dress is both body-hugging and elegant, where the lines mold around your shape and accent it rather than hide it. Coming in a sophisticated slate color, its metallic hue gives it a touch of glamour and makes it feel black tie appropriate. Its beaded and sequined floral lace adds depth, while the keyhole peep hole on the neckline gives the midi a flirty accent.
And most importantly, this piece is comfortable, which is a key factor to look for when picking out your frock. This is no time to be suffering for fashion. "Choose a dress that you will be comfortable in for a long period of time. You’ll be moving around, meeting and greeting guests, and perhaps dancing all night long, so you want a dress that you’ll be comfortable in," Moonlight Bridal stresses. "This is going to be a long day and probably exhausting, so being uncomfortable can make the day less enjoyable."
If you want a conservative and traditional silhouette but don't want to deal with your hemline dragging on the floor all day, then the tea length mother of the bride dress might just be the perfect pick for you. Try on a few frocks and see how you feel!
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