I am going to be mother of the groom in June and I need help. I am 51 and any time I look at outfits online, I get the heebie- jeebies! The outfits shown are my worst nightmare.
I love shopping and think I am quite stylish, but please, I don't want to wear the typical MOG outfit. I would like something classic, stylish and different. I am a size 10 to 12 with dark brown hair.
A slightly frantic Anna, Wexford
Anna, your son's wedding is obviously of great importance but don't lose sight of your usual style judgment. There are no rules saying you must wear an outfit that has been prescribed 'mother of'.
In fact, I always feel the most successful outfits are the ones that are chosen first and foremost to suit the person, not simply the occasion.
Both the 'Tori' pistachio lace dress with unlined lace basque (€1,195), and the orchid-pink lace 'Pearl' dress with beaded ruffle sleeve (€1,295) by Louise Kennedy have a real sense of elegance and occasion.
If these are beyond your budget, consider Irish label Fee G's coral bust-cup dress (€225).
Should you opt for a headpiece, the turquoise 'Sinamay' with pink lilies by Sophie Hunter Millinery would complement this dress nicely (€210, swoop.ie).
It will be summer and it is, after all, a celebration so feel free to embrace vibrant colour. This M Missoni retro-inspired shawl-collar dress in cobalt blue features a multicoloured draped collar that can be worn around one or both shoulders depending on your preference (€230, Harvey Nichols).
Over at House of Fraser, the Mary Portas range features a figure-flattering mustard dress with side-ruching and asymmetrical hem (129).