What to wear for Mother’s Day

Motherhood is challenging and rewarding, tiring and life-giving, underrated and always should be celebrated. Whether you’re celebrating your mom, grandmother, special aunt or even your own motherhood on May 12, you’ll want to be dressed for the occasion.

Keeping in mind that everyone celebrates differently, casual or formal affairs, there are outfit options for you no matter what you’re doing on Mother’s Day. When you go to your closet and consider what to wear, use this as your guide.

Also, consider this your reminder to buy a card, some chocolates and a pretty bouquet!

Flea market or BBQ

Maybe your Mother’s Day plans include visiting a flea market or a casual bar-b-que. You’ll want to look casual but still like you’ve put some thought into your outfit. We love the color of this Lularoe dress. Pairing the dress with a classic jean jacket, such as this one from Maurices, only makes the colors pop more because blue and orange are complimentary colors. Add some strappy flats, a straw Panama hat and a fun bag like a round rattan purse and you’ll score some major style cred.

This plus-size outfit is also perfect for Mother’s Day. This Zac & Rachel top has beautiful detailing in the sleeves and pairs well with these Earl Jean jeans. We also like how the shape of the bell sleeves is duplicated in the legs of the jeans. It creates a great silhouette when paired with a casual pair of heels or wedges. Finish your look with a small cross-body purse and bold-colored, statement earrings.

Church and brunch

Attending church and then a Mother’s Day brunch? What a great way to celebrate togetherness and motherhood! A dress is perfect for a church and brunch outfit, and you simply can’t go wrong with that choice.

We also really like the feminine colors found in this Roz & Ali dress. A classic sheath dress like this is really flattering on all body shapes, which is always a bonus. If it’s chilly, pair it up with a coordinating cardigan to keep it dressy, and you have yourself a perfectly chic brunch outfit.


Sometimes the great outdoors is just the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Get outside with your family (or heck, by yourself works, too), get the blood flowing and breath deep. Dressing in layers is highly recommended for changing environments (think shaded and cool to open and hot). We like this Old Navy hoodie because when it heats up, you can remove the layer and tie it around your waist. The Under Armour tank underneath is a great base layer because it keeps you cool by whisking away moisture. The North Face shorts are a great hiking outfit base in a perfect neutral color. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

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