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As the mother of the bride, you have such a significant role—and deserve an equally special outfit. After all, you'll look back on this moment and treasure it forever, so pick something that you really love. Thankfully, summer brings a refreshing selection of seasonal patterns, colors and styles for mothers of the bride (think: floral prints, vibrant hues and flowy skirts). To help you choose, we're sharing the best summer mother-of-the-bride dresses for every wedding dress code.
Before diving into our favorite summer MOB dresses, here are a few tips to consider: First, it's always a good idea to discuss your outfit with the bride to ensure you're both on the same page. It's courteous to ask if there's a preferred wedding party color palette, as well as if there are any colors you should avoid—such as white, ivory or champagne. For more advice, check out our comprehensive guide to mother-of-the-bride attire, which details everything you need to know.
Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Beaded V-Neck Gown in Blush
This blush mother-of-the-bride dress is a beautiful option for a formal wedding. With beaded fabric, cap sleeves, a built-in sash and a flared skirt, the gown exudes elegance. Accessorize with silver pumps and a sparkly clutch for extra pizazz.
Temperley London Florence Short-Sleeve Dress in Purple Lace
We're obsessed with the magenta color of this summer mother-of-the-bride dress. The lace gown has delicate flutter sleeves, a tiered skirt and sweet ruffle accents. Accessorize with fun jewelry and heeled sandals.
Marchesa Notte Floral Embroidered Midi Shirtdress in Mint
Who says casual summer mother-of-the-bride dresses can't look sophisticated? This mint floral midi dress has so many details we love: a classy shirt collar, puff sleeves, a matching waist belt and a ruffled skirt hem. You'll feel summer-ready and still very MOB.
Solace London Pleated Lila Dress in Yellow Chiffon
You'll unquestionably stand out in this breathtaking summer mother-of-the-bride outfit ideal for cocktail attire. The sheath gown boasts a trendy one-shoulder neckline, a dramatically draped sleeve and a vibrant yellow shade that'll turn heads in the best way.
Oleg Cassini Short-Sleeve Crepe Gown With Ruffled Skirt in Navy
Get ready for loads of compliments when you wear this gorgeous navy mother-of-the-bride gown. Our favorite parts are the faux-wrap bodice and cascading ruffle down the skirt, which will make you feel well-dressed for your formal event.
BHLDN Tansy Satin Charmeuse Maxi Dress in Moss
We can't resist ruffles, especially on summer mother-of-the-bride dresses. This satin-charmeuse maxi gown has a whimsical ruffled neckline that flows into a tie-wrap bodice and full floor-length skirt. Elevate your outfit with statement jewelry and black or nude heels.
Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Off-the-Shoulder Sequin Beaded Gown in Lead
You'll be prepared for your black-tie wedding in this allover-sequin evening gown fit for a summer soirée. The glittery ensemble has an off-the-shoulder neckline and a modified mermaid skirt for ease of movement. Prepare to glisten all night long.
Phase Eight Alisha Double-Layer Lace Peplum Dress in Mineral
Simple yet sophisticated, this summer mother-of-the-bride dress is giving us major Bridgerton vibes—especially when paired with the matching disc fascinator, lace jacket and clutch bag. Cut from soft scuba fabric, it features a fitted silhouette and a short-sleeve lace bodice that's actually detachable. You'll feel like pure royalty in this elegant ensemble.
Kiyonna Aria Tie Dress in Royal Blue Geo Print
Fun prints are encouraged for outdoor summer weddings. This plus-size frock has breezy kimono sleeves, a faux-wrap tie and a playful blue geo pattern. Wear it to your child's beach wedding (and don't forget your sandals and sunscreen!).
Tadashi Shoji Floral Sheath Dress in Floral Multi
We're swooning over the colorful floral design on this summer mother-of-the-bride midi dress. The MOB-approved sheath has a classy V-neckline, elbow-length sleeves and a gathered bodice suitable for a cocktail or semi-formal dress code. Accessorize with a cute sun hat, a statement necklace and nude heels.
ML Monique Lhuillier Dark Floral Embroidered Gown in Navy
We can't stop staring at this enchanting floral embroidered gown by ML Monique Lhuillier. The botanical details and illusion mesh make this summer mother-of-the-bride dress a real showstopper. Best of all, you can rent this gown starting at $65 for four days. (Now that's a good deal.)
Teri Jon Jacquard One-Shoulder Side Ruffle Gown in Sky Blue
You'll feel modern and sophisticated in this floor-length mother-of-the-bride dress for summer weddings. The sky-inspired blue jacquard fabric is accented with metallic gold to create an ethereal design. We also have to call out the classy one-shoulder neckline and stunning cascading side ruffle.
Amsale Everly Off-the-Shoulder Dress in Hunter Green
Although we love a good print, you can't go wrong with a simple mother-of-the-bride dress for summer. This modern dress has sheer off-the-shoulder sleeves, a strapless neckline and a slight train—all in a gorgeous shade of green. Top it off with metallic accessories and a sparkly clutch.
Anthropologie Somerset Maxi Dress in Pink
Floral summer mother-of-the-bride dresses are undoubtedly beautiful. For a more casual wedding dress code, try this boho-inspired floral frock. You'll look incredible and stay cool in the lightweight maxi. Accessorize with bold earrings, cute sandals and a small woven bag.
Zimmerman Dancer Belted Midi Dress in Army Green
Style meets comfort with this classy summer mother-of-the-bride outfit. It's made with ultra-soft silk-crepon fabric covered in tiny gold Lurex polka dots. The refined tie neck and whimsical tiered skirt are the highlights of this eye-catching dress. Add gold accessories and an elegant clutch for a radiant MOB look.
Azazie Cornish MBD in Wisteria
Looking for something simple that still makes a statement? This purple summer mother-of-the-bride gown gives the illusion of a two-piece set (but it's actually one dress). Plus, it comes with a matching lace jacket that'll keep you warm at night. Psst: Azazie lets you try on dresses at home for just $10 (shipping included!).
Tommy Hilfiger Floral-Print Belted Fit & Flare Dress in Ballerina Pink Multi
Whether the wedding's on the beach or at another outdoor venue, this is one of our favorite tea-length mother-of-the-bride dresses for summer. We're digging the dreamy allover pink and purple florals, the chic belt and fun fit-and-flare design. Elevate the semi-formal outfit with statement earrings and neutral-colored pumps.
Oleg Cassini V-Neck Beaded Sheath With Illusion Sleeves in Sage
Between the floral embellishments and illusion sleeves on this MOB dress, what's not to love? Better yet, the pleasant sage color is exceptionally charming for summer. You'll be dressed to impress in this seasonal floor-length ensemble.
Azazie Louisa MBD in Black
Black mother-of-the-bride dresses are popular all year round—and this light and airy chiffon garment can withstand the summer heat. We're big fans of the scoop neckline, loose sheer sleeves and sophisticated knee-length skirt. Style it with gold or silver jewelry and strappy heels to complement the silhouette.
DB Studio Plus Glitter-Knit Wrap Tank Dress With Skirt Slit in Pink
This charming plus-size gown has an elegant V-neckline, open T-back and a sleek side slit. You'll sparkle all night in the pink glitter-knit fabric, which you can style with shimmery accessories for even more sparkle.
Lauren Petite Floral Crinkled Georgette Dress in Pink/Sage/Multi
This petite mother-of-the-bride dress for summer is utterly romantic. We adore the delicate ruffle-trim details on the V-neckline and tiered skirt. Plus, the fanciful floral pink pattern will look so beautiful against the backdrop of an outdoor garden wedding.
ELOQUII Satin Bishop-Sleeve Wrap Dress in Stargazer
Minimalist mamas, you'll feel like you're floating in this flouncy summer mother-of-the-bride dress. The chic wrap design comes together to form a sweet tie at the waist. The long bishop sleeves feature tall cuffs with buttons for extra sophistication.
Banana Republic Factory Pleated Tie-Waist Midi Dress in Red Sunset
Casual summer mother-of-the-bride dresses can be tricky to define, especially when you still want to stand out while adhering to the dressed-down dress code. What about this beautiful and unique midi dress? The self-tie belt and pleated skirt make this ensemble MOB-worthy (while still being appropriately casual). Wear it with silver or gold jewelry and cute flats or mules.
Adrianna Papell Petaluma Sequin Dress in Fog
You'll look refined and glamorous in this modest knee-length mother-of-the-bride dress for summer. Our favorite part? The blue-gray fabric is embellished with beautiful crystals, sequins and beading. You'll look perfectly dressy for your formal event.
St. John Watercolor Floral Silk Dress in Soft Pink Multi
How dreamy is the floral pastel watercolor print on this silk summer mother-of-the-bride dress? The modest design is complete with a knotted front tie to highlight the waist. Plus, you can dress it up or down depending on the dress code of the wedding. It's one of our favorite designer MOB dresses for summer.
ARTCLUB Assisi Asymmetric Draped Silk-Satin and Piqué Dress in Black
We're drawn to the uniqueness of this asymmetrical two-toned mother-of-the-bride dress. The gown is cut from smooth piqué and silk-satin to create a luxurious draping effect. The plunging V-neckline and one-sleeve design add even more oomph to this fashion-forward frock.