Dresses aren’t for everyone. If you’re feeling pressured to wear a dress to your daughter’s wedding, there are some appropriate alternatives that work just as well, adding formality and elegance to your look. For any mother of the bride who prefer pants, you can find a number of formal pant suits, meant especially for formal affairs and weddings.
As we mention throughout our post on the best dresses for mothers of the bride, neutral colors like navy, black, gold, silver, and champagne top the list when it comes to choosing a color. They make a statement without being too over the top and tend coordinate with almost all bridesmaids and bridal gowns for a cohesive look.
We’ve pulled together a list with the 10 best pant suits for all moms of the bride. You’ll look the part with these comfortable, elegant outfits.
1. R&M Richards Women’s Plus Size Lace Pant Set
Available in black, navy, and mocha, this two piece set features a three-quarter sleeves, open front jacket, with an attached shell and matching pants. The pants have an elastic waistband for a comfortable fit throughout the day and the lace and sequin detailing on the shell, the jacket, and the sleeve hem keep it looking special. If you like this look but you fall into standard sizing, you can purchase the same set here in sizes 6-16.
Price: $91 – $99 depending on size
2. Women’s Sparkle Pant Set
If you’re looking for an outfit that’s comfortable yet dressy, this one hits the mark. The best part is the affordability, costing less than $25 for the entire set. While black is the most classic choice, especially for a mother (or grandmother) of the bride or groom, this outfit is also available in several more vibrant colors. The screen print outfit offers the look of elegant sequins with a slipover tunic-length top and elastic waist pants. Keep in mind that the sizing does run large, so consider ordering down at least one size for the best fit.
Price: $19.99 – $24.99
3. Emma Street Women’s Lace Pant Suit Combo
This lightweight and elegant pants set is a wonderful choice for any wedding. The set includes a delicate lace camisole and matching jacket with chiffon flyaway pants. The wider legs give them the look of a chiffon skirt in passing, for a formal look that will impress. If you’re not a fan of the eggplant, you can purchase this skirt in black or navy as well. Find this outfit in plus sizing here.
Price: $141.20 – $200 depending on size
4. R&M Richards Women’s Three Piece Pant Set
In addition to the classic black color pictured here, this set is available in several soft pastel colors, all great for a spring or summer wedding. Mixing comfort with classic elegance can be tricky, but this suit uses tailored lines and soft fabrics to accomplish just that. Both pieces are made with a fabric blend partially made of spandex, allowing for a bit of stretch. The beaded neckline and sleeves are a subtle formal touch that help dress up the look.
Price: $80.25 – $89
5. David’s Bridal Sequin & Lace Pantsuit
This gorgeous outfit from David’s Bridal is unique and one of a kind, with a sheer flowing cape in place of the more traditional jacket that most pants sets come with. The black color is classic and sleek, with a subtle sparkle from the sequin lace. Dress up the look with some black sequined heels and some larger statement earrings.
6. Alex Evenings Women’s Two-Piece Pant Suit
This flowing pants set is great for anyone who wants to steer clear of constricting tailored clothing. Both the pants and camisole are made with soft and lightweight chiffon, for a breathable and comfortable fit in basically any temperature. The set can be dressed up or down depending on accessories, making it a great choice for most wedding venues.
7. Emma Street Sequin Lace Pant Suit
With a top that wows, this pant suit is one of our favorite options on the list. There’s no question that this set is fit for a more formal affair. It’s designed with so many gorgeous and feminine details that a skirt or dress will not be missed. From the sequined top, to the satin bow, to the gorgeous chiffon pants, any mother of the bride is sure to stand out. If you’re looking for something with a little more color, check out this similar option, available in turquoise.
Price: $97.21 – $200 depending on style
8. Plus Size Lace & Chiffon Three-Piece Pantsuit
David’s Bridal has several pant suits that are suitable (no pun intended) for a mother of the bride, mother of the groom, or even a grandmother. This one would work for any of the above, with a traditional and neutral deep navy color, and a design of lace and chiffon. Fitting a wide range of sizes, this outfit can be purchased in sizes 14 through 24 plus.
9. KOH KOH Women’s Sleeveless Cocktail Jumpsuit
With tons of five star reviews and available in a variety of colors, this jumpsuit bridges the gap between pant suit and evening gown, for a modern and fashion forward option. The fabric is stretchy, comfortable, and easy to wear. The cut of the dress is slimming, and features a few unique features like the drawstring waistline, subtle slit in the pants, and the keyhole back. Even though it has a youthful vibe to it, this look can easily be made more sophisticated with some formal accessories.
Price: $19.95 – $49.95 depending on size
10. Onyx Nite Women’s Poncho Top Pant Set
Fairly similar to the cape style above, but available for half the price or less, this is a great alternative if you’re trying to keep costs down. The polyester fabric has five percent of spandex in the blend, giving it a bit of stretch for a comfortable breathable fit.
Price: $31.76 – $77 depending on size