Where to Get Mother of the Bride Dresses That Won't Have You Looking Like a Dowdy Old Maid

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Let’s be real. There’s a certain image that comes to mind when you think “mother of the bride” and it’s not pretty.

Mother of the Bride dresses have long been thought to be dowdy, ugly, and well, old. But they don’t have to be. Fortunately, there are a handful of places where you can find fashionable, flattering, and even sexy (if you want) gowns, you just have to know where to look.

Below, check out the best places to find Mother of the Bride dresses that will have you looking your best on the big day.

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1. If You Want Something Trendy And Sexy: Revolve

SAU LEE Preston Dress at Revolve

If you’re looking for something super on-trend and maybe even a little bit sexy, Revolve should be your first stop.

The online retailer features a long list of brands including Self-Portrait, Bronx and Banco, Norma Kamali, and more. Prices are also pretty wide-ranging. You can get a dress for as little as $115 or you could spend as much as $1,000.

Revolve can also be a great one-stop shopping experience since they also have a great selection of jewelry and shoes.

That said, some pieces on the site can skew a bit young (there’s a reason it’s an influencer haven, after all) so you might have to do a bit of sorting to find your perfect dress. If you have the patience though, it’s well worth it.

Free shipping and free returns.

2. If You Want Something Classic and Sophisticated: Amazon Premium Fashion

Betsy & Adam Modern/Fitted Gown on Amazon Prime

Amazon can be an absolute mind field when shopping for clothing but fortunately there’s a section that will make your life *way* easier. It’s called Amazon Premium Fashion and it’s a curated section of top-tier brands like Badgley Mischka and Dress the Population.

If you’re in a time crunch, most of the pieces are prime eligible so you can usually get them in a day or two.

Free shipping and returns on Prime Eligible pieces.

3. If You Want Something Ultra Feminine: Anthropologie

L’IDÉE L’IDEE Renaissance Halter Side-Slit Pleated Maxi Dress at Anthropologie

Anthropologie has a super pretty selection of satin gowns, floral frocks, and more that will have you channeling your feminine side. Dresses usually start around $200 and can go past $500 depending on the brand.

The great thing about Anthropologie is that the site is highly curated so if you find online shopping overwhelming, it could be the perfect place for you.

Free shipping on orders over $50 and online returns for $5.95.

4. If You Have a Flexible Budget: FWRD

PatBO Nightflower Open Back Maxi Dress at FWRD

If you have some spare change to spend, you’ll definitely want to change out FWRD, Revolve’s big sister. The retailer has a wide array of designer dresses from brands like PatBO, Nicholas, The New Arrivals, and more.

Prices typically range from $200-$2,000.

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5. If You’re Looking For a HUGE Selection: Macy’s

Mac Duggal Soft Tie Halter Neck High Slit Gown at Macy’s

Macy’s website has a crazy amount of inventory that ranges in style, prices, sizes, and more.

If you’re not usually an online shopper then you might find the site to be a bit overwhelming. But if you’re a pro and/or you know exactly what you’re looking for, then Macy’s is a great place to look.

They have name brands like Betsy & Adam and Mac Duggal as well as a decent plus size section for those who need it.

Prices can range quite a bit depending on the designer so you can spend as little or as much as you like. They’re also constantly having sales and promos so you can easily find a good deal.

It can help narrow down your search if you at least have some idea of what aesthetic you’re going for, the color you want, or even the designers you like.

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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.