What to wear on Mother’s Day
In the UK, Mother’s day is actually Mothering Sunday and is tied in with the day servants were allowed to take the day off to visit their family. This day is held in March and as such the weather can be a little unforgiving as we transition into Spring. Therefore, it can be a little tricky to navigate a great outfit that works with the time of year and the special event.
If you are a regular reader of Eternally Elle then you will be familiar with the fact that I love getting dressed up and looking polished with every outfit. Consequently, it’s only natural my Mother’s day look oozes ladylike charm and timeless taste. This is also due to the fact that I think Mother’s day requires you to make more effort and wear something that is classy and presentable.
Although, my looks do cater towards a 20-something year old, (such as myself) I wanted to put together a look that could potentially be worn by both Mother and Daughter. Contrary to what many may think, there is a stylish sweet spot that can work for both generations and I think it is really important to show the Everyday Elle that she can look glam and sophisticated, regardless of her status and age.
Read on for my style tips to dressing on Mothers day. Wether you are the guest of honour or just the guest, these five chic points will guide you through this celebrative day, regardless of location or activity.
The vibe – Light, presentable, chic.
A dress is the perfect item to wear as this is a celebration of females everywhere. Keep things classy and respectful in honour of the day but also light and breezy to reflect the time of the year.
Lace really is the material of the Spring Season but with so many types it can be difficult to navigate the direction. Personally I really love mixing up my lace, despite this being a little on the risky side. This is because not all lace oozes class. There are some lace fabrics that look very cheap and tacky and best avoided. Corded lace, however, is not one of them as it is a heavier lace material made by outlining details of a lace using a heaver or lustrous cording. It is a more elegant lace as exemplified through this beautiful white dress I am wearing. Not only is this lace made of high quality craftsmanship resulting in a totally classic design but as this dress is rather thick it is perfect for the Spring season. Providing more warmth than your typical dress and paired with the longer midi length style, you are not going to be sat outside a cafe shivering.
Despite the above, as this beautiful lace dress is sleeveless, a light jacket is required for an extra layer of warmth. This beautiful cropped jacket is designed with a delicate lace trim. As the lace is very minimal on the jacket and gathers gently together, it works wonderfully with the corded lace. Delicate touches of extra lace to a look such as this elevates the outfit to new sophisticated heights. Therefore, it is important to not overdo such a beautiful and feminine fabric. If you try and add too much lace together into one look, it can quickly decrease the value of your outfit. Even if the lace you have chosen is beautifully crafted.
Admittedly I am a little biased when it comes to understated jewellery because I rarely like big, statement designs. Dainty jewellery look more elegant in my opinion and feel more feminine too. These are the elements I think are ideal to exude on a day such as Mother’s day due to the feminism ties. Therefore I highly recommend going subtle in your jewellery choices for this particular day. I went with my favourite bow necklace and matching earrings paired with my Pandora Essence silver charm bracelet. However, as this outfit is so classic and simple, any delicate jewellery set you choose will work just as well. Whilst I do think silver works best due to the white choice and my own skin tone, gold and rose gold wouldn’t look out of place but you may need to be a little more mindful.
When it comes to going out on Mother’s day, regardless on the location, opting for something that is light, presentable and casual is highly recommended. An outfit which allows for easy layering is really going to save you in the long run and a cropped jacket is perhaps your best bet.
If you have been following my 31 dress series or just the regular posts, then you will be aware that I have this particular jacket in both pink and black. When I adore a design, I will usually buy it in an array of colours, given the option. In this case, I feel that this cropped lace trim jacket exudes ladylike charm and feminine elegance. The rose gold zip details and delicate lace bordering elevate any outfit to Über sophistication and class. Hence why I highly recommend a garment such as this. A cropped jacket is suggested over a long jacket as it may weigh down the look and contrast against this darling dress instead of compliment it.
I did warn you, you would be seeing a lot of this bag.
As a vegan girl, a high quality, cruelty free handbag is an essential in my wardrobe. Fortunately, I discovered Inyati through a collaboration last year and I can not recommend them enough. Each handbag they design are slick and chic- perfect for mother’s day! In fact, not only for your outfit but also for a potential present for the lady of the hour. Read my full review on the brand here.
Choose a classic dress
The little white dress is the perfect blank canvas to style up or down accordingly. A great LWD offers simplicity and a great foundation to build your whole look upon. After scouring through the fashion market, I truly think this is the perfect dress to wear on Mother’s day. This may seem like a hefty statement but it really is the dress that ticks all the right boxes.
Aside from the fact that you really can not go wrong with a chic, high quality Little White Dress. This darling design is a universally flattering cut with a box-pleat skirt that gives a beautiful hourglass silhouette to any wearer. The dress also falls at the perfect length for achieving a classy look. As stated in my Ladylike Spring tips post, the midi length is sweet spot to mastering the art of classic feminine dressing. Not only are you less likely to have an oops moment but the longer skirt length shows just the right amount of skin. To clear up some misconception, the midi length isn’t exclusively for taller women. I am a petite lady myself and as demonstrated on these photos, the midi dress elongates my figure as the hem falls at the narrowest part of my calf. Therefore, anyone can wear a midi dress and look just as elegant as the next woman.
This dress also has an adjustable strap feature so you don’t have to worry about the ladies making an appearance due to the low cut neckline. This may feel risky for some, which is why I recommend a light jacket such as the one I am wearing. Personally I adore this neckline as it gives me Marilyn Monroe vibes and who wouldn’t want to channel that on Mother’s Day?
I hope that this style advice will serve you well for every Mother’s day to arrive in the future. With all this said, I also want to take a moment to acknowledge those whom find this day difficult. (I can personally relate to those whom have had toxic relationships with their parents.)
If you do not have a mother figure in your life, I would really recommend that you use this day to celebrate the other mothers in your family or perhaps yourself. Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be brunch and bouquets of flowers. If your has mom passed away, you have a complicated relationship with her, or if you never knew her at all, there are many things you can do instead. Whether this be through making your mother’s favourite recipe, visiting one of her places, writing her a letter or spending the day treating yourself. Don’t forget that there is support out there and you are not alone.
* Whilst the bag in this post was not gifted to me I have previously worked with this company, INYATI. Please note that I will never work with a brand that I do not believe in and I will always share my honest, genuine thoughts.
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