Best Mother’s Day looks for mature daughters

#fashionover50 midlife lady in mixed pattern of glen check and floral print for Mother's day

Mother’s Day outfits mean dressing-up

You may like or dislike Mother’s Day because of the commerce around it, but for Mothers the day is important not because of the presents. No, because they are in the center of the holiday. When I asked my late mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day she’d always say “good children.” My siblings and I hated that answer. Especially, when we were teenagers.

Once we moved out, it was so much easier to give her what she wanted for Mother’s Day. Just showing up on the day being well dressed and keeping your mouth shut (when you disagreed) pretending to pet the dog. Of course, being “well dressed” meant, not to dress against her fashion rules.

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fashion blogger over 50 wearing floral print and glen check in one outfit for Mother's Day
Notations floral print cardigan worn as top, Pendleton glen check pleated midi skirt, statement dagwood flower necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Jord bamboo men’s watch, head band, and Ivanka Trump ankle strap pumps (all own)
Zoom-in on the abstract floral print of the Notation cardigan,Hermes collier de chien bangle, ring with moon stone,  and Dagwood floral statement necklace

It’s all about dressing up

When it’s your own Mother’s Day, and you are in the center of the celebrations, you can wear what you want, in principle. However, when you are invited out somewhere, you have to dress up for the occasion as courtesy. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your kids who throw a party in your honor, or your mom, mother-in-law or even your grand-mother, who planned a family reunion for all the mom’s in the family, it’s all about playing dress-up.

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Zoom-in on Ivanka Trump nude ankle strap pumps and fishnet tight (all own)

Take the generation in mind when dressing for Mother’s Day

When you are in your 50s or older, your mom is from the WWII or pre-war generation. In these generations, Sunday’s Best is a must on Mother’s Day. Thus, dress up. Their idea of dressing up is a dress. When the celebration is at her house, a floral dress is a good choice. When you (expect to or will) help her in the kitchen, make sure you can wash the dress in case of a spill.

mature woman in floral dress
Self-sewn floral print dress with statement belt, Steve Madden pumps, Chanel bag (all own), and wood watch c/o Jord

When the plan is to celebrate with the family at a brunch place, a floral dress with ballet flats is appropriate. You may stand in line for a while as  there are many you invite their Mom for brunch. Add a small top handle bag. So feminine. Your best dressing option is a floral dress in the vibe of the dress code of the restaurant. Read more about how to dress for Sunday brunch.

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A floral A-line or flare skirt with matching top and feminine kitten heel sandals also looks nice. Pay attention to the heel height. Everything above 3 inch (7.5 cm) may be too sexy – read risky. Try it out in the mirror. If it works for Girl’s Night out, swap into another pair.

Pastels, friendly colors and prints are great

Outfits with fun feminine prints and cute cuts like fit-and-flare paired with a playful bag and fashion-forward accessories are always a winner.

Style blogger in floral fit-and-flare dress
eShakti floral dress with Ray Ban sunglasses, Jaeger Tote, DIY brooch, Michael Kors sandals (all own) and wooden watch c/o Jord

What colors to wear

Blush or muted pink with brown is a nice and friendly color combination. When the weather is still cold – in Alaska we often still have snow here and there – an A-line light wool skirt with muted pink sweater looks feminine and polished. The shoe embellishment and floral belt buckle up the feminine vibe of the look.

over 50 years old woman looking feminine in brown with light pink
Plaid skirt with GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater, opaque tights, smoky quartz necklace and bracelet, Collier de chien silver bracelet, leather bracelet, and Clark booties with playful side embellishment (all own)

Gingham is an eternal classic and a trend right now. When you have a gingham dress, add pearls or a nice pendant necklace, kitten heel pumps and you are ready for a visit at her house. When you expect to celebrate in her yard, go for wedges to not ruin your shoes on the lawn.

mature stylist in playful casual striped skirt and gingham shirt
Carhartt blue and white gingham shirt, Jäger dirndl worn as skirt, Dr. Scholl wedge sandals, Coach bag (all own), and green wood watch c/o Jord for a casual get-together in the yard

Stylist’s tip: When visiting older mom’s, remember that for their generation mixing prints and pattern was a No-No and associated with poverty.

Polka dots are also a great eternal classic and a feminine print that fits the occasion (see post at the link for an outfit idea). The same applies to wrap dresses. In both cases, when accessorizing make sure your look is feminine and clearly not an office outfit. In other words, skip the dress pumps go for a playful shoe or sandal or add a cute shoe clip to “dress the pumps” in the right vibe.

What about a modest lace dress in a pastel color?

mature lady in modest pastel lace sheath dress
eShakti lace dress with Dooney and Brouke bag, Michael Kors sandals (all own), and wooden watch c/o Jord

Here are six more tips to dress for Mother’s Day.

P.S. When you liked the outfit recipes of this post, and want recipes for all kind of dressing situation in midlife, buy my book How to Dress for Success in Midlife. It’s also a great gift.

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