The Best Mother Of The Bride Dresses For Black Tie Weddings

You'll look like a stunner in these black tie Mother of the Bride dresses.

When it comes to weddings, there are as many themes as there are cake flavors, but it’s nice to know that a few things always remain constant: Aunt Sally is going to pretend she’s drinking soda when really it’s gin; the bride and groom are going to be excited, nervous, happy messes; and your dress is going to be fabulous. If your daughter decided on an upscale affair, then you’re going to need a black tie mother of the bride dress, which, I know, is easier said than done. But shopping for a black-tie wedding doesn’t need to be stressful — in fact, we’re going to make sure that it will be a fun affair! Grab your purse, because we’re about to go shopping.

It’s always the case that when you’re years away from an event you find the most stunning dresses — and probably at 75 percent off, because fate is cruel that way. Remember that time when you were at Nordstrom — back when your daughter was single and wedding bells were nowhere near her mind — and you found that black lace number that made you look like you were about to present at the Academy Awards? Or how about that time you were spending an hour shopping on your Saturday afternoon and chanced upon that skirt suit that would look just perfect in photos next to a white dress? We remember, and we know that mother of the bride dress shopping for such a big day can be mildly anxiety-inducing. In an effort to get your inspiration flowing and to point you in a few helpful directions, we have gathered some stylish, glamour-heavy mother of the bride dresses perfect for a black tie wedding. Light the chandeliers and get the champagne flowing, because you’re going to stun at this bash!

Midi Lace Dress

Soutache Lace Midi Dress, $193-$206, Amazon

Black tie wedding outfits are meant to be upscale and fancy, but there is a lot of room for interpretation, giving you lots of options to work with. Amazon always comes through for us in a pinch, and this Soutache Lace Midi Dress is a case in point. It would be a perfect dress for a black tie wedding because it’s elegant and sophisticated, but doesn’t take the attention away from the bride. You won’t walk into the ballroom looking like you’re kitted out for a pageant, but you will look like the swanky woman at the gala — the kind that gets the party started on the dance floor and somehow doesn’t leave red lipstick marks behind on cocktail glasses. 

The Soutache Lace Midi Dress is from JS Collections, which carries both straight and plus size options, minimizing the chance of that awful “it doesn’t fit” feeling in the changing room. If you want to see their new fall collection, visit their website here. Their sizes run from 4-24W, depending on the frock. 

The dress itself is partially lined and has a bonded-lace foundation with a braid applique, bringing a heavy dose of glamour to the table. It comes in a whopping eight different colorways, letting you choose the hues that would work best with your daughter’s black tie wedding. The straight sizes run from sizes 4-16, and the plus size versions run from sizes 14W-24W. If you can't find your particular size on Amazon, then you can go to the JS Collections site directly and see if they have more sizing options there.

The dress is also highly rated, scoring 4.5 stars out of over 150 reviews. The one takeaway from the reviews is that the dress runs slightly large so buyers suggest ordering one size down, but the fit is still gorgeous. For example, one reviewer wrote, “I wore this dress to a wedding last week and received compliments all evening. It fit perfectly and covers all those little areas you want to cover around the tummy and sides. Be sure and order one size smaller since it does run large. This will be your ‘go to dress’ for weddings.” It’s a lovely option!


2. Sheer Floral Applique Dress


Tadashi Shoji Odette Dress, $430, BHLDN

Black tie wedding outfits usually include floor-length dresses, but they don't mean you have to wear black. For the mother of the bride who loves a whimsical touch, this Tadashi Shoji dress from BHLDN is swanky enough for a black tie wedding, but still has that charming aesthetic that you lean towards. This column dress plays with silver and gold hues, where the gilded floral embroidery adds a metallic glow to the pewter column dress. It also has an illusion neckline, where the flowers lay across your collarbone and create a boat neckline.This would be an especially beautiful dress to pick if your daughter has a soft color scheme, where she chose blush pinks, warm champagnes, or sparkling metallic hues. Just imagine the photos!

The dress is made by designer Tadashi Shoji, who specializes in wedding looks, and this particular one runs from sizes 0-16. 


3. Floral Evening Gown

Odette Dress, $430, Anthropologie

If rhinestones and sequins aren’t your thing, you might want to veer towards florals instead. Perfect for a summer wedding, this mother of the bride dress is perfect for a black tie affair. Called the “Odette Dress", this antique gold dress is so stunning. Reviewers had nothing but good things to say about the frock, where one buyer posted, "I bought this dress, I believe in March 2020, for my daughter’s October wedding...The dress is absolutely gorgeous and my daughter loved it on me. The gold sequins are muted, not flashy at all, which I loved! It also throws off a rose gold appearance. I love the elegant train, as I didn’t want a straight floor length gown...I had a ton of compliments on the dress and I couldn’t have been more pleased. This truly is a timeless dress that will look fabulous in photo albums and videos in the years to come."

You can also dress it up with different sashes — helping add more glamour to the piece — and you can accent it with rhinestone studded shoes and a metallic wrap. It’s easy to dress up or down! 

4. Beaded Bodice Ball Gown


Beaded Bodice Ballgown, $60, Dillard's

For the woman who wants to take the “black” in black tie seriously, this lace number from Dillard's is perfect. It’s modest without looking dowdy, and flirty enough where you will feel beautiful spinning underneath the chandelier-ed dance floor and winking at guests while sipping your cocktail. Featuring a high-neck lace bodice with subtle black beadwork, it’s accented with a big sash bow to add a touch of romance to the look. Created by the designer Eliza J, the frock runs from sizes 2-14.

The reviews are all glowing, and most of them say it’s even more stunning in person and that the photos don’t do it justice. Which is what we like to hear, especially considering it’s a looker on the website. One thing to keep in mind is that, studying the reviews, many shoppers said they needed it hemmed because the skirt was too long. But paying a seamstress might not be such a burden, especially considering the price of this gown. It has permanently been reduced from $288 to $60.48. You won't be able to find a better deal than that! 


5. Sequin Mesh Gown


Short Sleeve Sequin Mesh Gown, $119-$294, Amazon


If your daughter is having a black tie wedding, then it's your chance to become your most glamorous self. If you only have one daughter, it’s time to grab the red lipstick and splash out on this exciting time. Forget the black dresses and indulge yourself in some sparkles. And I don’t mean a modest smattering across the bodice — there’s no room for being understated here. Let yourself have fun and dress like a glitter bomb went off in the room you were changing in. But in the most tasteful way, of course.

Worried you might look like a second grader’s art project? Don’t worry, we wouldn’t lead you astray that way. This sequin mesh gown from Amazon is a beautiful example of how you can indulge in sequins while still looking sophisticated and timeless. It also has a charming scoop back and small train, making it perfect for such an important event.

It runs from sizes 0-16, and if the gold version isn’t quite right for you, the dress also comes in a black, blush, navy, rose gold, and lead. This gown is also a winner on Amazon's site, where it has nearly 5 stars out of over 150 reviews. One reviewer shared: “Love it! Luxurious. A dress fit for a queen. The sequins and embellishments make it the perfect choice for your special occasion black-tie events. The train just bumps it up a notch!!"


6. Sequin Embroidered Capelet Gown


Sequin Embroidered Capelet Gown, $170, Amazon

Metallics are a go-to shade for black tie weddings, but this mother of the bride dress is not only distinguished, but also romantic. Delicate sprigs of sequin embroidery run down the A-line gown, and the floaty capelet draped over the v-back gives you elegant movement. Just imagine crossing the banquet room while that cape flutters around your shoulders and your heels click across the floor. It runs from sizes 6 to 22 Plus, and also comes in a champagne color if that fits your daughter's black tie wedding better. While there are only 30 reviews for this dress, they are all glowing. One reviewer wrote: "I wore it for a wedding (mother of the bride) and got SO MANY compliments. I'd say it runs true to size."

7. Art Deco Dress


Madigan Dress, $199, Anthropologie

If your daughter is going for a Great Gatsby vibe, lean into the art deco mood and come with this flapper-inspired dress from Anthropologie. You will look like you belong in a velvet-covered speakeasy with a Manhattan in your hand, but without looking costume-y about it. The Madigan Dress runs from sizes 0-18, and it has a high neckline and billowy bodice — giving you that extra room for cake and the sweets table. It has gold geometric beading running down its length, adding a touch of sparkle. Plus you have colorway options: this particular piece also comes in black and silver. Adrianna Papell also makes a Petite and Plus size version of this dress, just instead of a high neckline it has spaghetti straps. The plus sizes run from 12-24, making sure everyone has the chance to shimmer.

Check out these black tie mother of the bride dresses and see if any of them are to your liking. And don't have time to go shopping right now? Bookmark this page and come back to it later — we're here for you.

8. Lynwood Cap Sleeve Floral Dress

Lynwood Cap Sleeve Floral Dress, $425, BHLDN

If your daughter's black tie wedding is geared towards a garden reception or a reception held in a manor-type of setting, then wearing a floral mother-of-the-bride dress would be appropriate. But instead of wearing a simple floral print, take it up a notch by wearing a mother-of-the-bride dress with graphic detailing. This Lynwood Cap Sleeve Floral Dress from BHLDN has graphic floral detailing that will help you stand out in a crowd. The column dress has an illusion neckline that takes the shape of the flower petals, and cap sleeves offer elegant comfort. This unique design comes in sizes 2 to 16, and since it's so different you won't need many accessories to feel "pulled together."

9. Taffeta Bow One Shoulder Dress

Taffeta Bow One Shoulder, $368, Bloomingdales

You will feel positively regal at your child's black tie wedding wearing this queen-like mother-of-the-bride dress. This formal gown has an asymmetric neck with an oversized asymmetric pleated taffeta bow that stretches across the décolletage and cascades over the shoulders. You will feel like a socialite sweeping into the reception wearing this number — it's pure luxury. It's currently available in sizes 2 to 16. 

10. Sequined Illusion-Neck Gown

Sequined Illusion-Neck Gown, $468, Bloomingdales

If you want something a tad whimsical for your daughter's black tie reception, then consider getting an illusion dress. This navy gown appears to have a sweetheart neckline and a sleeveless silhouette, but the sleeves and décolletage have an "illusion" mesh, allowing the gown to have floral appliques winding down the arms and across the chest. This Bloomingdales mother-of-the-bride dress feels fanciful while still being elegant. This dress comes in sizes 00 to 16. 

11. Satin Tea Length Dress

BHLDN Fairbanks Satin Dress, $240, BHLDN

This one is for the minimalist mother-of-the-bride.  This silky showstopper is simple, but has just enough flair to not make it boring. This formal reception dress has a beautifully draped wrap bodice, a high-low hemline, and ruffles for a touch of fun. This particular gown comes in sizes 0 to 16, and you can choose between three different colors: oyster (pictured,) navy, and clay. 

12. Bead and Sequin Embellished Gown

Bead and Sequin Embellished, $319.95, David's Bridal 

Channel the Great Gatsby at your daughter's wedding with this Roaring '20s inspired dress. This intricately beaded, short sleeve mesh gown has a sophisticated geometric design that is coupled with a sparkling petal motif that floats down the delicate chiffon skirt. If your daughter chose a Golden Era theme for her black tie wedding, then you can't do better than this mother-of-the-bride dress. It currently comes in sizes 2 to 18, and  16W to 26W. 

13. Overskirt Jacket Dress

Sequin Lace and Mesh Plus Overskirt Jacket Dress, $159.95, David's Bridal

For those who are looking for a mother-of-the-bride dress with sleeves, this is a beautiful option. This silver gown has a sequin lace bodice and matching jacket, adding a romantic touch to the outfit. The lace top is finished with a drapey chiffon overskirt in an A-line silhouette, which offers plenty of coverage and modesty without feeling "dowdy." This sophisticated pick comes in sizes 14W to 24W.

14. Cap-Sleeve Trumpet Gown

Beaded Lace-Bodice Cap-Sleeve Trumpet Gown, $348, Nieman Marcus

If you want to look like a socialite at the wedding of the year, then look no further than this elegant cap-sleeve trumpet gown. This mother-of-the-bride dress looks way more expensive than it is, and that is thanks to its classic detailing. It has a bateau neckline and a trumpet silhouette, as well as cap sleeves and ruching across the skirt. It currently comes in sizes 0 to 20.

15. Off the Shoulder Column Gown

Off the Shoulder Column Gown, $338, Nordstrom 

The goal for many mothers-of-the-bride is to look timeless. No one wants to look at photos 10 years down the line and cringe at the dress they picked out. This off the shoulder column gown will ensure you won't roll your eyes at your photos decades in the future, since it features a classic silhouette and timeless detailing. Off the shoulder necklines, pleated bodices, and tulip slit skirts aren't going anywhere anytime soon. 

We hope you found a dress you love! So you know, It's Rosy may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.

Marlen Komar is a writer living in Chicago with a penchant for mom jeans and kimchi tacos, and primarily writes about fashion history. She has bylines in Bustle, CNN Style, Racked, Allure, Curbed, and Apartment Therapy, and rarely stays in one place too long as she travels for most of the year. Website: marlenkomar.com
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