Mother’s Day, one of the best days of the year! The day when we celebrate our own mothers and grandmothers, be celebrated by our children, AND that one day when we don’t have to cook, make plans for dinner or do the dishes (hopefully!). But what to wear on mother’s day? Let’s take a look…
Whether your day is a casual BBQ or picnic with the family or a dressier brunch with loved ones, we’ve put together some outfit ideas to help you feel stylish and pulled together on your special day this year.
I’ve grouped outfit ideas into 2 categories, casual outfits, and dressier styles. You’ll find two different ways to wear the same dress, skirt or pair of pants to suit how you are celebrating.
A midi dress worn two ways
A midi dress is ot only on-trend but is also incredibly versatile. You can wear your midi dress with heels or flats. You could wear with sneakers and dress it down, or you could wear a midi dress at any formal event you have coming up this year.
First, let’s look at a casual way to style your midi dress. If you’re heading for a Mother’s Day lunch, brunch or picnic, this could be a good option. Wear your midi dress with sneakers and a denim jacket to add casual flair. You can still keep your look dressy enough for the occasion by choosing statement jewelry.
For a more formal evening look, you could switch your denim jacket for a blazer and change the sneakers for heels. Add a clutch bag and drop earrings and You have a look that will work for Mother’s Day, summer events, and evenings out on vacation.
Urban CoCo Open Front Blazer – Reformation Hilltop Wrap Dress – Amazon Essentials Two Strap Heeled Sandal – Amaze Fashion Women Envelope Clutch Crossbody Bag – RF Rizir Fashion Long Handmade Boho Necklace – CALORVIA Boho Long Tassel Earrings
jeans worn two ways
Of course, you don’t have to opt for a dress for Mother’s Day when thinking about what to wear on mother’s day, particularly if you have something planned like a walk after lunch. Instead, you could style your favorite denim. Nora @jacketsociety above chooses jeans, sneakers and a leather jacket (read her style interview here).
I’ve chosen more of a smart casual look below, as jeans already add a casual look to your outfit. An all-neutral look can give your outfit a classy vibe. Add a trench coat in case you need extra warmth or you are expecting showers.
COS Oversized Trench Coat – COS Relaxed-Fit Panel T-Shirt – PAIGE Cindy High Waist Raw Hem Ankle Jeans – Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote – PUMA Carina Sneaker – RF Rizir Fashion Long Handmade Boho Necklace
Adding a blazer to your jeans is an effortlessway to dress up your jeans. Choose a flattering, ruched top and add heels and a clutch bag to your outfit.
Urban CoCo Open Front Blazer – Halogen Asymmetric Shirred Sleeveless Top – PAIGE Cindy High Waist Raw Hem Ankle Jeans – Amazon Essentials Two Strap Heeled Sandal – Amaze Fashion Envelope Clutch Crossbody Bag – Open Edit Beaded Fringe Clip Earrings
Wide leg pants
Wide leg pants are definitely having a style moment at the moment. They manage to look effortless and stylish at the same time. Rita @ritapalazzi above (read her style interview here) chooses a timeless outfit of wide leg pants and a trench coat.
A short denim jacket worn over your wide leg pants can look incredibly flattering. Add sneakers to stay comfortable while looking modern. If your pants are quite long – so that you can wear heels underneath – you may want to wear platform sneakers.
KUT from the Kloth Helena Denim Jacket – COS Relaxed-Fit Panel T-Shirt – COS Wide Leg Elasticated Waist Trousers – Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote – PUMA Carina Sneaker – Madewell Square Huggie Hoop Earrings
For a dressy look, I would choose a more fitted top. Choosing a shorter top with wide leg pants will make your legs look super long. The styling of the top (below) is designed to look like a moto jacket, which gives a little edge to your outfit.
Karen Millen Ponte Zip Collar Jersey Top – COS Wide Leg Elasticated Waist Trousers – DREAM PAIRS Closed Toe Pump – Amaze Fashion Envelope Clutch Crossbody Bag – RF Rizir Fashion Long Handmade Boho Necklace
a shirt dress
Karen @styledbykaren above shows off a shirt dress look that would be ideal if you are celebrating somewhere sunny.
You can use the same wide leg pants as above for this outfit. To keep your wide leg pants look casual, you could think about layering a shirt or shirt dress over your pants. Choose flat shoes for comfort. Red will add a pop of color to your outfit.
MAX MARA LEISURE Rimmel Cotton Shirtdress – COS Wide Leg Elasticated Waist Trousers – Amazon Essentials Strappy Elastic Sandal – Ted Baker London Small Jorjina Shopper – Madewell Square Huggie Hoop Earrings
For a more formal look for your shirt dress, you can wear with heels and statement jewelry. Adding a belt will create a different silhouette to your casual look. If you find that your shirt dress looks a little too short for you, you could always add a pair of skinny pants or jeans.
a full skirt
Carmen @carmen_gimeno above looks glamorous in her green maxi skirt. You could choose a maxi or midi skirt depending on your preference.
If you live somewhere where the weather is transitional, then mixing a casual sweater with a more formal full skirt is a good way to look great while staying warm enough.
To elevate your midi skirt look, add your blazer and a silky top. Play around with tucking in or leaving the hem out of your top to see what looks most flattering for you.
Urban CoCo Open Front Blazer – COS Relaxed-Fit Panel T-Shirt – Club Monaco Mixed Print Pleated Midi Skirt – Amazon Essentials Two Strap Heeled Sandal – HOUSE OF WANT Chill Vegan Leather Frame Clutch – Madewell Seed Bead Daisy Necklace Set – Madewell Square Huggie Hoop Earrings
Your Mother’s Day outfits together in one capsule
Below, you can see the mother’s day outfits from above together in one capsule. You could switch around the tops, bottoms and jackets to create different looks. You could, for example, wear the white shirt dress over the jeans, the sweater with the wide leg pants or the trench coat over the midi dress.
What will you wear this mother’s day? I’d love to hear what you are thinking about when you consider what to wear on mother’s day.
No matter what you choose to wear, we hope you enjoy a wonderful, special day with family and friends. Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at 40 Plus Style!
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