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WHAT TO WEAR AS MOTHER OF THE BRIDE (OR GROOM)

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Discover the perfect mother of the bride or mother of the groom dresses, jackets and outfits from London atelier Katherine Hooker. If you’ve got your son or your daughter’s big day coming up, here’s how to dress for their wedding day in style

Even if you’re not the type to match your shoes to your handbagit’s still important to talk to your family and in-laws about colours and shades being worn on the day. Coordination is key. As Katherine Hooker told The Telegraph: “The main rule is to coordinate with the mother of the groom so you don’t turn up in very similar looks and ideally not in the same colour.” Equally, clashing colours can be just as much of a sartorial error. The slick ship that is the Royal Family co-ordinated so perfectly and subtly at The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding that you might not have even noticed until the official photos came out. 

It goes without saying that a person’s wedding day is a momentous occasion, one that will be well-documented and one that is likely to have had every tiny detail imagined and planned out way ahead of time. Talk to your daughter or future daughter-in-law about how she envisions your look on the day to ensure your outfit compliments the wedding’s style.

Ascot Dress and Tasha Jacket in Dusty Blue

Katherine’s second piece of advice to mothers of the bride is don’t wear white. Traditionally white is reserved for the bride and only the bride. You might get away with wearing cream or a very pale yellow - as The Duchess of Cambridge did at Royal wedding this year - but don’t go near white.

Katherine suggests trying a variety of different shapes and styles before settling on your perfect mother of the bride outfit. Don’t try too hard. Go with what you know flatters you and what reflects your personal style. All eyes will be on you on the big day, you don’t need to stand out for the wrong reasons too. If you’re unsure about where to start then consult an expert. Katherine Hooker’s custom-made service will help you find an outfit that fits and flatters your perfectly. Have a whole outfit made from scratch to suit you absolutely.

Skirted Coat in Van Gogh Blue Silk

Speaking of flattering, have you met the dress coat? It has become the mother of the bride’s signature look perhaps in part thanks to one of the UK’s most famous MOB’s Carole Middleton. They cut a beautiful silhouette, hide all manner of sins and keep you warm in cold wedding venues.

Weather is always a factor when it comes to choosing the right wedding outfit. Be sure to choose something seasonally appropriate. You can never predict the weather so opt for layers. Pick a jacket to wear during the day, which you can fling off when the dancing kicks off. Fur collars and shawls are eternally stylish and chicer than a pashmina. Don’t dismiss the idea of trousers either, a beautifully tailored suit and wide brimmed hat inspired by Bianca Jagger could make you the most elegant person at the wedding.

On the subject of hats, it's a ubiquitous conundrum: whether to wear one or not and if so how big/high/wild do you go? Do you match your hat to your outfit or your accessories? There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to hats anymore. If you do decide to wear a hat, Katherine Hooker collaborates with milliner Iona Montgomery to help you design a bespoke hat, which can then coordinate with, either your custom-made or ready-to-wear Katherine Hooker outfit. 

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