Shopping for a mother-of-the-bride or mother-of-the-groom can be daunting, annoying, and just downright unpleasant. Maybe it’s the first formal gown you’ve purchased in years, or maybe you’re a bride looking for something you and mom can agree upon. Fortunately the Social Occasions by Mon Cheri MOB dress collection was made with the discerning woman in mind. Not too flashy, and not too flirty, these dresses are refined, sophisticated, and elegant without being overtop, young, trendy. Simple and timeless, when you want to look perfectly put together, for a wedding or special event, Mon Cheri is a beautiful place to begin your search.
For so called “older” women, there is a very fine line between looking elegant and trying too hard or being too trendy. Or even worse, trying to “look young”. On the other end of the spectrum, wearing a look that enrobes you in loads of fabric might feel secure, it can actually make you appear bigger than you are, frumpy, or both. The Social Occasions by Mon Cheri dress collection was designed with women of a certain age in mind, though they’re all timeless styles that can be worn by virtually anybody. Designed with the mother-of-the-bride or mother-of-the-groom in mind, these dresses are not your typical MOB fare. Perfect for any member of the wedding party or wedding guests, these looks are anything but dowdy. Many of these looks are shorter, and less fussy, though there are a still a number of full length gowns in the collection. Ranging from just above the knee, to just below the knee, these dresses are highly wearable and could absolutely make a second appearance.
Immersed in fashion as a career as well as at home, she designs from her studio in New York City, which she also calls home. As a graduate of the prestigious FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) Madeline Gardner has been designing evening dresses and wedding dresses for Mori Lee for over 25 years. She is the driving force behind the brand and enjoys every aspect of her work. From bridal wear to formal and evening wear, her characteristic use of the best fabrics and materials, combines with her obsession with finding the perfect fit, which is why her dresses look as good as they feel and her MOB gowns are no exception.
Who says you can’t be a MILF without upstaging the bride?! For all you moms who still wanna rock a strapless dress there are plenty in this collection as well. One of our favorites is the strapless rose print fitted minidress. Hitting just above the knee, it really isn’t all that short, but still shows off the legs and figure beautifully. A rose floral print goes down either side of the dress, which is not only a unique design element, but a functional one as well, the way it creates a secret slimming effect with the way the darker color skims the sides of the dress. How clever of the designers at Mon Cheri! There is also a center slit in the back added for ease of movement. As an added bonus, this look includes removable straps and a matching shawl for a little extra coverage as things cool down. We’re also loving the look of the several knee length fitted pencil skirt dresses which shape the hips and derrière to flatter from every angle.
With a variety of neckline styles, ranging from V-necklines to the ever popular bateau neck, which stretches shoulder to shoulder, cutting across the collarbone, there really is a style to suit every taste. One of our favorite styles is a simple A-line shift, featuring a loose fitting shape and an illusion neckline which creates stacks of necklace like beadwork which encircle the neck. Sheer fabric covers the shoulders and decollate giving this dress the look of a straight strapless neckline, which it is in actuality, sleeveless. Hitting above the knee, an open back finishes the look. It is a gorgeous new take on the babydoll style dress, made to be appropriate for any age, and flattering on all body types the way it falls gracefully and loosely over the body.
For some women, the decision of whether or not to bear arms can be a major deciding factor of whether or not the dress will work for her. That is why many of the looks in this social occasion dress collection are made with three-quarter sleeves, long sleeves, or include matching bolero jackets. Adding a jacket gives you plenty of options for different types of weather and temperatures while taking the guesswork out of finding something appropriate to go with your dress. Other dresses include a long sheer jacket, or waistcoat offering a different sort of style and some, though it isn’t pictured, include a matching shawl, and removable straps are included with strapless dresses. There are also several mock two-piece gowns which create the look of skirt with a matching top in one convenient garment.
It’s not always about revealing lots of skin, and the more life experience we have, the more we realize that we can look chic while being modest. Chic and wearable enough to make several appearances further down the road, there are many soft and stretchy long sleeve sheath dresses with knee length hemlines. Designed with attention to a woman’s figure, the problem areas associated with the joys of rearing children, which without we would not be at this occasion today, slip into the background, and disappear for the evening. The looks feature modest necklines that don’t plunge too low, like the scoop neck, also known as the sabrina neckline, straight necklines, square necklines, asymmetrical necklines and bateau neck dresses.
Those who have purchased a Mon Cheri dress before know the craftsmanship that gowns into these looks, and this collection follows suit with the same level of quality. These Mother-of-the-bride and social occasion dresses were crafted with meticulous attention to stitching and detail, as all Mon Cheri styles are. Hand beaded lace tops tulle, other looks have a little shimmer of sequins or glittering beaded accents all perfectly made by human hands. The laces used in the collection range from a traditional scrolling lace, to a more contemporary floral lace with cross hatched detailing. Each lace pattern is unique and gives a luxurious look to the gown that utilizes it. Soft stretchable jersey knit with a matte finish is comfortable and form fitting, feeling soft against the skin, and sleek Mikado satins sport a soft sheen and reflect the light beautifully.
Madame Bridal has a track record of happy customers that few in the industry can top. With over three generations in the formalwear business, there is no request we haven’t heard, and no wedding dress or wedding party dress style we aren’t familiar with. As an authorized retailer of all Mon Cheri dress ranges, you never have to worry about getting a knock-off gown or fake dress from us. We have forged longstanding relationships with the designers whose dresses we sell. This means you are guaranteed the best possible price, the lowest production time, and a timely delivery as well. Our team of formal wear and wedding experts are here to help you with everything from picking out styles for the entire wedding party, to fittings and alterations. Come and see us at our brick and mortar store located in the Boynton Beach Mall in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. Or if you cannot make it to our store, shop our extensive website anytime. You can search by style, color, designer, dress feature, and more. We ship dresses worldwide!