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Bridal Fashion: Top Trends for Moms

Mom, this is your daughter's day to shine, but you'll look splashing too with these top tips.

Photo: Faith West Photography

Mom plays a huge role in her daughter’s big day, and with so many hip options to choose from, now she can look just as spectacular as the woman in white. We talked to experts for the scoop on the hottest trends in color and cut. Watch out Dad, Mom's never looked so marvelous.

Bring Out the Champagne (the color, not the bubbly!)

The hot color? According to Yolanda Carita, sales manager for Mon Cheri, it’s champagne, hands down. Although light shades such as ice pink and lavender are popular in spring and darker hues pop up in fall, champagne transcends seasons. We love how it looks in pictures against a white or ivory wedding gown.

Hot Mamas

Today’s mother of the bride is "younger looking and sexier than ever, and she wants to dress that way," says Carmen Marc Valvo, designer extraordinaire for celebs like Katie Couric and Beyonce. To help Moms look their foxiest, Valvo creates everything from sexy halter styles to bias-cut spaghetti strap gowns. He also works in a little extra help for Mom: Valvo designs strapless gowns that feature built-in corsets for added shaping and oomph. And if your mom has something grand in mind, realize that 25 to 30 percent of mothers still don the classic ball gown.

Dress Lightly

Sure, moms should feel comfortable baring a shoulder or two, but they definitely don’t have to show skin to be in. Instead we’re seeing gowns with lots of coverage but in softer, lighter fabrics such as chiffon and micro-crape. Carita of Mon Cheri also notes that burnouts in light-as-air velvet are big this year.

Not Your Mother’s Lace, Or Is It?

Lace is hot, hot, hot when it comes to wedding gowns, and mother of the bride designers have taken notice. Used just on the bodice, to accent sweet straps, or as an allover effect -- these days, chantilly, alencon, and other variations of this beautiful threadwork ramp up the romance for both the bride and her mom.

Suit Up

With destination and casual weddings more popular than ever, we’re seeing lots of attention focused on the short suit. Dressed up with a fabulous hat or an heirloom brooch, moms love the idea of getting to wear that special outfit again after the wedding is over. MOBs can choose one that plays up foxy features (got great gams? Opt for a shorter style) and downplays others (well-endowed ladies may want to avoid the double-breasted jacket).

-- Kim Sunshine

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