15 Looks That Prove Macy’s Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses Are Affordable and Stylish

It took five bridal salons before your daughter found “the one.” And now, after countless hours on the phone talking about whether the chicken or the fish was better at the tasting and if cousin Jeremy should get a plus-one or not, you realize the wedding’s approaching and you still have nothing to wear. Well, fear not because we found a not-so-hidden treasure trove: Macy’s mother-of-the-bride section. The store’s collection of picks is wide-ranging (with plus-size and petite options, too!), affordable (most pieces are under $200!) and stylish—in fact, we hand-picked 15 of our favorite dresses that will look gorgeous night-of and in photographs in years to come.

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sequined lace dress by sl fashions

1. Sequined Lace Dress By Sl Fashions

This plus-size dress is proof that you can be both formal and fun. The sweetheart neckline and sleeves provide structure while the A-line silhouette allows plenty of give for when you’re ready to hit the dance floor. 

2 embellished chiffon overlay gown by xscape

2. Embellished Chiffon-overlay Gown By Xscape

Show us a woman who actually wants to flaunt her arms (OK, aside from Michelle Obama). But you can cover up and still look sexy; the key is to opt for some strategic cold-shoulder cutouts.

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3. Chiffon Cape Gown By Xscape

This dramatic silhouette is all about embracing the spotlight (but not stealing it from the bride!). BTW, we absolutely live for a mother-of-the-bride who revels in a well-deserved fashion moment!

4 metallic one shoulder gown by adrianna papell

4. Metallic One-shoulder Gown By Adrianna Papell

For the black-tie wedding that requires you to bring on the glam. Just add rose gold jewelry.

beaded gown chiffon scarf by j kara

5. Beaded Gown & Chiffon Scarf By J Kara

The halter neckline and fitted beaded bodice of this style are highly flattering. Wear the scarf down the aisle and then leave it on your seat during the reception.

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6. Chiffon Capelet Sheath Dress By Betsy & Adam

This gorgeous dress (that, yes, is available in plus sizes) comes in deep, elegant plum as well as fail-proof black. The pleated sheath and chiffon overlay make this figure-flattering garb a smart choice for cocktail-attire affairs.

high low gown by r m richards

7. High-low Gown By R & M Richards

An A+ glam factor is smartly balanced out by the round neck and short sleeves, which means you can don this fabulous dress at either a cocktail or a black-tie event. 

illusion embellished a line gown by alex evenings

8. Illusion Embellished A-line Gown By Alex Evenings

Mother of the bride (or groom) cannot go wrong with a dark navy dress. And the sheer and embellished neckline means you can cross off “find a necklace” from your to-do list ASAP.

portrait collar fit flare dress by jessica howard

9. Portrait-collar Fit & Flare Dress By Jessica Howard

Classic, sophisticated and specifically tailored for those petite ladies out there.

beaded sleeve gown by xscape

10. Beaded-sleeve Gown By Xscape

Another elegant find from the petite selection, this V-neck and ruched waist are basically steroids for your figure. (And that slit is badass.)

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11. Off-the-shoulder Lace Gown By R & M Richards

There is just something so graceful about a little peekaboo detail, which is why we love this off-the-shoulder lace gown. The metallic finish is an elegant touch, too.

sequined lace midi dress and jacket by r m richards

12. Sequined Lace Midi Dress And Jacket By R & M Richards

This two-piece lace sheath dress and collarless jacket effortlessly takes you from the ceremony to the reception. And though the outfit comes in five other colors, we love how the silver will look in pictures against your daughter’s white dress. (Pass the tissues.)

embellished mesh gown by adrianna papell

13. Embellished Mesh Gown By Adrianna Papell

No, you probably shouldn’t wear white to the wedding…but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a pop of it.

peplum rosette jumpsuit by adrianna papell

14. Peplum Rosette Jumpsuit By Adrianna Papell

Because who said you have to wear a dress? With the right jewelry and shoes this get-up can be as formal as you need it to be. And yeah, that peplum is incredibly flattering.

embellished chiffon overlay jumpsuit by msk

15. Embellished Chiffon-overlay Jumpsuit By Msk

Let’s go through our checklist:

Navy X
Peekaboo sleeves X
Embellishment X
Jumpsuit X 

Yup, this one covers it all.



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