Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mother of the Groom Fashion Show

One of the really fun things about having three sons get married within the space of a mere eleven months...

Whoa, Nelly, what happened?  Did I faint or something?  Where was I?

Oh, yes: one of the really fun things about having three sons get married within the space of a mere eleven months is that you have to get three new "mother of the groom" dresses, all in the same year.  And what woman doesn't love a good excuse (or three) to get herself a fancy new dress?  Am I right?

I mean, for this upcoming wedding of son #2 in November, I could recycle one of the dresses I've bought and worn recently.  Such as this one, an ankle-length teal beauty that I wore for son #3's December 2013 wedding.
Or this deep purple tea-length stunner, which I sported for the wedding of son #4 in February of this year.
I loved both of these comfy and attractive dresses (although I wish my frame was such that they'd hung on me like they do in these pictures, in a runway-worth manner).  They seemed to fit the types of weddings they were chosen for, and the mothers of the brides in both cases were wearing floor-length gowns, so I would not have wanted to go any shorter.

This time, the bride's mother will be wearing a beautiful knee-length dress and jacket, and originally, I was going to wear a pale green embroidered jacquard suit (comprised of a fitted 3/4-sleeve jacket and matching tea-length slim pencil skirt).
However, when I tried it on again recently, I realized it would make me very nervous if I had to wear it to walk down a church aisle with too many eyes upon me.  Although the suit fits, the skirt is relatively form-fitting (especially for a gal who can't stand to have any piece of clothing even close to hugging her skin); and with the light color, panty lines were showing and I was stressing over how I was going to make them go away.  My husband saw that I was distressed, and although it would have been in his best interest to encourage me to wear the green suit (which I'd purchased years ago, marked down from $90 to $17.99), he told me I should get something new.  Not only that, but he said he wanted to tag along with me on a shopping trip to David's Bridal--what a guy!  So off we went to spend about six times what I spent on that green suit.  (Oh well, maybe someday I'll find the perfect occasion to wear it!)

Here's the new dress my husband helped me to choose.
That's not me modeling it, by the way.  In fact, truth be told it doesn't fit me like it fits this poor underfed model.  And it's longer on me than it is on her, hitting just below the knee--thank goodness!  I won't be wearing strappy stiletto sandals, either, with smooth, bare, tanned legs on display; I'll be wearing sensibly low-heeled black patent leather pumps and gray opaque panty hose that camouflage my varicose veins.  But despite all of that, I feel comfortable and pretty in this dress.  And its tiers hide a multitude of sins (as well as those aforementioned pesky panty lines!).  I love the cropped jacket, don't you?

I had a special pearl and Miraculous Medal necklace made (by an Etsy artisan) to match that green suit, but it doesn't look right with my new get-up.  Which is a bummer, because for me, it's important to wear my favorite Catholic devotional at all times.  But as luck would have it, my oldest son and his wife gave me some gorgeous dangly earrings this past Mother's Day.
And as you can see, these beauties (another great Etsy find!) incorporate both of my dress-up jewelry must-haves--pearls and the Miraculous Medal--and I think they'll make the perfect accessory for my new outfit.

So, have you had enough of mother of the groom fashions yet?  Not to worry.  We'll only have one single son left after this next wedding, and he's not even finished with college yet--so I don't believe there will be another wedding in the Pearl house any time soon...Although just a couple of years ago, if you had told me how quickly our lives would change, I never would have believed you!  So stay tuned...

14 comments:

  1. I love all the dresses, even the pale green suit but if you aren't comfortable it will show and possibly ruin the event for you. Better to feel GREAT in whatever you wear. Etsy kind of rocks, because those earrings are wonderful and so is the necklace you showed us a while back.

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    1. It's true--I think if you're uncomfortable in what you're wearing, it shows. If only that suit had a nice swingy, flared dancing skirt, instead of the long pencil skirt. Then I think I would have been fine.

      I do love Etsy! I swear, you can find just about anything you're looking for on that site. I'm so happy I remembered that I have these great earrings, because they go perfectly with the new dress. With all that gray and sliver, I don't think gold jewelry would have cut it.

      I hate to ask, but...any news on that baby of yours?

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  2. Oh Laura, I love the new dress! You are going to look stunning!!

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    1. Isn't it pretty? And so comfortable. It looks like it would be constricting, but those tiers are sewn onto stretchy fabric underneath--so you can dance in this dress!

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  3. I love the new dress and I'm glad you got it. There's nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in your clothes - especially an event when you know that all eyes will be on you at different points in the day.

    The earrings are gorgeous as well!

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    1. Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Beth. I always have a hard time spending a lot of money on clothes, but I think sometimes it's worth it. And I suppose a son's wedding is about a good a reason as any to get something really nice!

      I just love these earrings, too. I get to wear TWO Miraculous Medals on my son's wedding day! :)

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  4. Lovely dress! You are going to look beautiful in it!

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  5. I love them all!! You have such a good eye for stunning dresses!!
    Wow all four sons married so close to one another, only one lad to go!

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  6. Your new dress is red carpet worthy.... wow!!!

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  7. I love the turquoise one for the #2 son's wedding. Could you please share where you purchased it? I have an upcoming wedding to attend and it would be perfect. Thanks.

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  8. #3 son's wedding I meant. Sorry.

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  9. Jenn, I found that dress online a little over a year ago by Googling "Mother of the Groom dresses," and I can't remember what site it came from. But it was on sale for $85 at the time. It's by R & M Richards and called "Lace Sequin Bodice Dress." I didn't think I'd be able to find it again, but I did; they're still selling it on Overstock.com for $89.99.

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    1. Actually, it's called "2-piece Lace Sequin Bodice Jacket Dress."

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