There are some who believe that choosing a mother of the bride dress is a minefield because you have try to navigate the faux pas of wearing the wrong colour, an inappropriate style or the same dress as a guest. But the world we live in now practically guarantees this won’t happen, there are just too many opportunities to ensure the mother of the bride’s dress is as uniquely stunning as the woman wearing it! On a recent buying trip in London, I was amazed – and not for the first time – at how the trends in the general fashion world change with alarming regularity and how in a few short months it can be so easy to go from trend setter to yesterday’s clotheshorse. Not so with mother of the bride couture. While we always stay in tandem with contemporary fashion trends, our niche world carries with it a more ‘timeless’ and less fickle approach than the fast-paced seasonal world of fashion. So while fashion trends concentrate on colours and styles our mother of the bride couture can really capture a multitude of looks depending on what you desire. There’s no one going to tell you that you can’t go for a classic or vintage look, or encapsulate your individuality with a funky, quirky mother of the bride dress that turns heads. For example, we had often been asked by customers if designers could come up with a sleeve length that worked for them. Some thought that a dress with short sleeves made the garment look older and so to avoid this, there was a tendency to design dresses with long sleeves. However, when designers started using lace or sheer materials to create a three quarters length sleeve, it worked a charm! The bride’s wishes, the season, time of day, whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors, will impact on the style and hue you opt for. The specialist team here at Catherine’s of Partick, Glasgow, will factor these elements into your decision making to ensure your mother of the bride dress is a knock out!