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Shopping for Mom’s Gown


Honor Thy Mother

In celebration of Mother’s Day, some shopping tips for the MOBs and MOGs

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It’s finally May.  The never ending winter of 2017 is finally coming to a close, the flowers are just starting to bloom and every restaurant, bar and bodega in New York City is throwing some tables out on the sidewalk.  May also brings a cherished holiday, Mother’s Day.  A day to honor your mother, or at least get together for brunch and mimosas.  For the brides to be out there, it is more important than ever to remember Mom.

What better way to make her feel special and check an item off your wedding to-do list?  Once the bride and the bridesmaids have found their gowns, the MOB and MOG are next up on the line-up.  We asked Julie Sabatino of The Stylish Bride for some tips on finding the perfect gown for your mother.  But we would advise you still take her to brunch.

At the end of the day the most important part is to make sure the mom feels comfortable and great in her dress. I truly believe a woman who feels great, looks great and has a great time at the event!—Julie Sabatino

According to Julie, helping a mother of the bride find her dress can be the most challenging, yet rewarding aspects of her job.   “First and foremost they need to feel great in it, which can be challenging for a more mature body type. Almost always mothers of the bride tell me they hate their arms and don’t want to wear strapless, even when their arms look great.   Second, as the host of the event, the dress needs to be really spectacular, but at the same time not distract from the bride.   And lastly, choosing the right color can be difficult as it needs to coordinate with the colors of the wedding, not match the bridesmaids dresses, and be something that she likes. To find all of these things in one dress can be such a challenge!”

Julie recommends her mothers wait until after the bride and bridesmaids have found their gowns and then she begins taking them to a few stores, such as Bergdorf Goodman or Oscar de la Renta, to begin trying things on and seeing what styles and silhouettes will work best.  Next, they try to hone in a color palette, comparing and contrasting shades to the bridal party and the wedding décor.

Sometimes, finding the perfect gown, fit and color is not an option in ready-to-wear.  Julie’s advice?  Go custom.  “If she can’t find something that meets all the criteria, she should look into having it custom-made. I have several resources in New York City that I do this with, and the key to making sure it comes out as you envision is to have a very clear view of what you want going in. It is also important that the designer you choose has a multi-step process to make sure you are going in the right direction. Typically it’s a progression from a sketch, to selecting swatches and embroidery, to a muslin of the dress, and then at least two fabric fittings. If the person you were talking to does not have that process in place I would not go with them.”

Julie Sabatino The Stylish Bride