As the owner of a bridal salon, all of my waking hours are dedicated to discussing the fine points of the big day, including the dress (or the suit, or the jumpsuit, or the crop top).
Thank you for commenting Edie! This was not an easy task, there are a lot of weird looking mother-of-the-bride-groom dresses out there! After wading through a lot of gross stuff, I settled on two ideas that I hope you and your mom will appreciate.
Adriana Papell Shimmer Satin Sheath Dress $178, Nordstrom
Since your mom is tall and fit, I thought she'd look the best in a form-fitting sheath dress. I like the portrait collars because they add a bit of "sex-appeal" without being bawdy, keeping in mind her conservative requirements. They frame the face beautifully–hence the name–and are a great showcase for jewelry,whether it's a big necklace or a simple chain with a tiny diamond. I love the pleating detail in this Adriana Papell dress, it's a great detail that isn't too show-offy. A faux-wrap dress is also a great alternative, especially when it has a cascading ruffle on the side like this Donna Ricco dress. But my favorite thing is definitely the bold, bright blue color.
Donna Ricco Faux Wrap Taffeta Sheath Dress $118, Nordstrom
While I was browsing for dresses, I started thinking about which women in their 60s have particularly amazing style as a guide to find great things for your mom when a light went off in my head: Carolina Herrera!
Ms. Herrera is known for her love of crisp white shirts which she wears to all occasions, often with silk taffeta skirts. I thought this would be such an elegant option! Finding a beautiful, affordable, white blouse online was not as easy as I expected but I think when it comes to special occasions, going to a seamstress and getting exactly what you want shouldn't be out of the question–and is often a lot less expensive than buying something off the rack. Keeping that in mind, I thought this dramatic Redux Charles Chang Lima would be a show-stopping piece paired with a simple pencil or A-line skirt.
Redux Charles Chang-Lima Rosette-Sleeve Organza Blouse $1,215, Bergdorf Goodman
Of course, the shirt doesn't need to be so dramatic, but why not? It's a party. Also a more elaborate shirt she can keep it simple on the bottom with a pair of silk trousers or a simple pencil skirt. She can also do it the opposite way, and pair a simple silk shirt with pockets with an A-line or ballgown style skirt.
And just because these images are all black and white doesn't mean that your mom should be scared of color! I think a white or even cream blouse with a jewel-toned skirt would be really stunning. All in all, a wonderful way for your mom to celebrate what is sure to be an exciting, joyous occasion.
Carolina Herrera photo via.