There are two sentences I hear almost everyday as a Milliner. The first is, "I don't think hats suit me". I answer that question separately in another Blog post! Click here if need me to show you how Hats can suit everyone. The second sentence is "I don't know if I have a bag to match. What bag would I use to go with this outfit? Where can I get a bag?". No Mother of the Bride outfit is complete without a stylish handbag. I'd even say it's more important than the shoes (it's more likely to be caught on camera than your shoes). Please don't use any old neutral clutch that's in your closet.
Ever, and always willing to help my customers out I've compiled my selection of the best clutch bags out to compliment your Mother of the Bride outfits and hats. A clutch with optional chain is always best. For the pictures and wedding ceremony tuck the chain in and use elegantly as a clutch, then later for mingling while holding drinks, slip the chain out and carry on your shoulder.
The Bag, Shoes and Hat, can actually be your statement pieces in your outfits, not just "accessories" (see the Champagne Gold outfit below). The bag IS the outfit! Sure the dress is lovely, but wow at that Bag. And the bag costs less than the dress!
Bags can also make nice props to hold when photographs are being taken, and are mighty useful to store tissues (you need lot's of them!).
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The bag, shoes and hat do not need to all match as long as your outfit coordinates as a whole then all three can be different colours if you wish. Especially if you are wearing the currently popular Mother of the Bride colours like cornflower blue, dusky pink, pale coral, pastel peach, champagne gold and mushroom tones, as going all matchy-matchy in these pastel hues is very pale and flat.
Your Hat, Shoes and bag won't touch each other, so a perfect match is certainly not required. If your dress has several colours, then it's perfectly acceptable to have your hat and bag in different colours picked out from the dress, and more creative than being matchy-matchy with your entire outfit.
Quite simply, an outfit with contrasting colours has more depth, and creativity than old school Matchy-Matchy.
If you also need great Mother of the Bride shoes (I'm guessing you plan wearing shoes), then you might also enjoy my picks of those, at: The best Mother of the Bride shoes. I've divided the below bags galleries into a few different categories (budgets), from Mum totally spoiling herself on her daughters wedding day, to the more budget conscious, so you can select from the category that suits your requirements. I constantly update, add, remove bags each season so you should find you can still grab them.
Below is a gallery of some Luxury Bags I've hunted out for you to splash out and show off with on your Daughters Special Wedding Day.
Below is a gallery of some designer bags (but not empty your bank bank account bags!) I've hunted out for you. Beautiful Mother of the Bride Bags, priced between £100.00 ($130.00) and £435.00 ($570.00), that you will love and use again for evening-wear or day at the races, formal events in years to come.
Below is a gallery of some pretty bags, perfect for the budget of someone that just wants a special Mother of the Bride bag for their daughters wedding, but doesn't want to spend a months salary on it (or even a weeks salary!). A selection of bags under £100.00 ($130.00).
Looking to complete your Mother of the Bride outfit with a bags for under £40.00 ($52.00). Below is a gallery of some still super pretty bags, more than suitable for Mother of the Bride, for the price of less than a round of drinks. There are still glamorous jeweled box clutches, or pretty lace clutch bags within this price range (but the crystals won't be Diamonds or Swarovski!). Still perfect for once or twice use occasions like weddings. If your dress is busy, you could choose one of the simple nude or silver bags.
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