I need your advice about finding a Mother of the Bride dress. I want a dress that has sleeves, beaded bodice but not too sexy. Everything I see online is for a hot 30 year old, size 5 model. I'm a size 16 grandma! I also want to spend no more than $250. Does this kind of dress exist in the fashion district?
I have also thought of buying a beaded top in Little India and having a matching skirt made. I appreciate any and all suggestions.
I have come up with some options for you. While the fashion district does have bridal stores, I don't know that it would suit your needs.
Option 1- Pant Suit with Custom Wrap
I think Little India is a great idea to make a custom bridal wrap such as the picture to the right.
There is a great fabric store right in the district where you can pick and choose exactly what fabric you want. While I realize that this particular wrap looks too much like a brides dress it's the concept that I am in love with. You can make it in any color. I think this wrap would go awesome with a chic pant suit or long skirt matching top type situation.
This particular website does custom sizing & maybe will even do another color for you.
Option 2- Dress Options
Since your original question was about different dress options- I found some that I think are really chic! You need to look for dresses that have an empire waist. Here is what I found. PS Susan, this website has a lot of different options and will customize almost everything for you (colors, size etc.) Links below:
I think that these 4 options are really fitting for the occasion. They have all kinds of colors that you can choose from too! I like lots of colors for special occasions so that's what I leaned more towards- but you can go bright, neutral whatever you please.
Option 3- Ethnic Influence Dress
I love this dress because it has kind of an ethic flare, it reminds me of a sari. The only thing Indian grandmas (of any size) will wear to a wedding is a sari... which is probably what drew me to pick this one out. It's simple, yet the detailing is elegant.
I realize that the model in this picture looks like she is a size 5, but since the dress doesn't really have a shape, I feel that it will look good on any shape or size.
I found 2 different ones: