A personal stylist gives advice for choosing a look that's seasonal and appropriate.
A Bride Laughing with Her Mom
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The bride isn't the only person who starts dreaming of the wedding day long before the time comes. Mom has been there every step of the way, from high school heartbreaks, to meeting a new beau, and crying happy tears when he popped the question. Needless to say, when the wedding finally rolls around, the day will be just as meaningful to her as it is for you. To ensure your mom (or future mother in law!) looks like the VIP she is, we spoke to personal stylist Katie Quinn of Q The Stylist who shared some helpful style tips for every mother of the bride and groom preparing for a wedding this fall.

Dress for the season-within reason.

Quinn says red is a popular hue for fall weddings, but the color suggestion comes with a warning. "No mother of the bride should wear fire engine red to their daughter's wedding, but there are so many shades in the red family that are sophisticated and subtle enough for the event," she says. Merlot, burgundy, and burnt sienna are all elegant color suggestions that will keep moms appropriately on-trend. "There really is a flattering shade for everyone, just remember it's nice to stand out-but don't scream." If you truly don't know where to start, look at the bridesmaids' dresses for inspiration and choose a hue that compliments that shade.

Think about the venue and your preferences.

"A dress for a black-tie hotel wedding is usually not the right dress for a winery in Napa," Quinn explains. Once you have the vibe down, focus on styles that are truly "you" within that scope. If you're not the type to flash some shoulder, don't do it just because you heard it's trendy. While you want to look beautiful on your child's big day, it's even more important to look like yourself.

Don't forget about accessories.

Wear shoes that feel as good as they look. It's going to be a long day, and no one wants a picture of their mom wincing on the dance floor! Be sure to give some thought to your finishing touches. Whether you're thinking about wearing earrings, a statement necklace, or a delicate bracelet, Quinn advises you make the most of your accessories. "Jewelry really finishes a look and elevates a great dress," she says.


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