We understand why the most complicated person to dress at your wedding is your mother. Between not wanting to make her look like a bridesmaid and her not wanting to show off her arms, steering clear of super high heels and being afraid to take the limelight off of you, MOB style is something most brides prefer to procrastinate. We’ve wrangled all the fabulous women over 50 who could teach your mom a thing or two about effortless style. Here, tips from the women who know how to be fabulous at any age.
Women who prefer to wear a sleeve–but have a whittled waist and a to-die-for décolletage–should take a page out of Helen Mirren’s book. The Dame and Oscar winner would likely also win an award for dressing for her body type, if there ever was one, knowing to consistently highlight her smallest point and take risks with color, print and texture.
Carolina Herrera is undoubtedly the epitome of classic elegance, partnered with an effortless style that never feels too overthought. Whether it’s a clean, classic gown in a bold hue (paired with a matching pop-of-color lip for added effect) or a full ball skirt paired with a silk oxford shirt, Mrs. Herrera is a forever-timeless yet constantly current reminder that simplicity and quality is all it takes.
Jane Fonda knows how to pump up the volume, and if your mom has an inner glamour girl, she should too. While keeping in mind her body type, metallics, fur and embellishments are only some of the many go-tos to giving her that little bit (or lot of) something extra.
Knowing how to dress for curves is a true balancing act that Susan Sarandon and others have easily embraced. Balancing a cut-out and a slit with a sleeve for coverage, pairing a fitted waistline with a fluid skirt and train and opting for colors that aren’t jarring to keep looks seamless are top tips to winning this often-done-wrong fashion struggle.