When you think Mother of the Bride, the first image that tends to pop into your head is that of a pant-suit or matchy-matchy skirt and blazer with padded shoulders. Well, we think it’s about time we find you a new look, Mom. After all, next to the bride and groom the MOB is one of the key role playing figures on the big day and it’s important that you look the part.

Where to start? Take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror and study your frame. Decide what your greatest assets are and start paging through magazines to find a design that will enhance those areas.

Things to consider: Which colours do you feel comfortable in and will best complement your skin tone? Think about the length of the dress, length of the sleeves and style of neckline and decide whether you want to go for a tight or loose fit.

Hang on for a little bit: Traditionally the MOB is the last person to buy her dress or have it made. This gives you time to really think about what you want and ensure that you don’t accidentally show up in the same colour dress as the bridesmaids.

Don’t wait too long: While you may want to wait ’till last, you also don’t want to be stuck with the left overs, so start looking around the moment your daughter has settled on her and her bridesmaids’ attire.

Have a heart to heart: The bride-to-be might have an entirely different idea of what you should wear on her big day, so be sure to involve her in your shopping endeavours to avoid any unpleasantness. Listen to her opinion, but also don’t be afraid to say no to the ideas you’re not comfortable with.

Sexy mama: Every daughter wants to be proud of her mother, and let’s face it: You’ve got a rocking body! So pack away the prude suits and don’t be afraid to flaunt your natural curves – as long as your outfit doesn’t draw attention away from the bride.

Comfort is key: The Mother of the Bride is usually the one running around moments before the wedding, taking care of last minute trivialities and seeing that the bride is happy and clappy. All the more reason to but a dress and shoes that won’t restrict and restrain your movement.

Don’t steal the limelight: Avoid wearing white, ivory or any shade of off-white similar to that of the bride’s dress. The same goes for a bride in a coloured gown – be sure to dress in a different colour so as not to rob her of her moment in the spotlight.

From one mother to another: Have a chat with the groom’s mother about what she’s planning on wearing to the festivities. That way you can ensure that you won’t show up in similar outfits, but that both are on the same level of style and sophistication.

A dress for all occasions: Let’s face it, dresses are expensive. So when you’re buying a dress, ask yourself if you’ll ever wear it again. If the answer is no, then it most likely doesn’t reflect your true personality and isn’t the dress for you.