Though what you are wearing is definitely not the most important part of Mother's Day, there's no harm in wanting to use your family's plans as a chance to show off some of the best of spring style. After all, our mothers are some of the most stylish people we know! But figuring out a look that nails the mother's day dress code—think polished and pulled-together, but not overly formal—can be a sartorial challenge, even if you've got your spring wardrobe fully stocked.
So, with that in mind we turned to Instagram to track down 13 outfits for Mother's Day that will keep you feeling comfortable, looking chic, and that won't offend grandma (or your mom, for that matter). So read on to discover the failsafe outfit formulas and shop some of our favorite festive spring pieces.
Figure-Flattering Tunic + Comfy Pants + Neutral Accessories
This outfit is practically as comfy as it gets, but you won't catch any side-eye from your mom for showing up to brunch in leggings.
Ladylike Separates + Bold Colors
Grab a slim-fitting cardigan and wide-legged trousers in clashing colors for an outfit that is perfectly conservative, but isn't anywhere near boring.
You can't go wrong with a sweet strapless jumpsuit. Throw on some gold earring and a bit of lipstick, and you'll be ready for the hundreds of family photos mom wants to snap.
Red Sling-Backs + White Tank + Blue Jeans
A pair of killer red heels is the easiest way to punch up a simple tank and jeans outfit. Wear this for an alfresco Mother's Day brunch, or you know, really anywhere this season.
Slip Dress + Oversized Button-Down + Chunky Sandals
The grunge way to do Mother's Day.
Raspberry Dress + Monochrome Accessoires
Simple Sweater + Midi Skirt + Cowboy Boots
If spring hasn't quite sprung where you're headed for Mother's Day, this cozy trend-led combo is sure to be a hit.
White Linen + Graphic Black Accessories
Black and white is a failsafe Mother's Day outfit pairing, especially when you throw in contrasting textures like linen, leather, and acetate.
White Shirt + Gingham Pants + Straw Bag +Black Sandals
This sweet and slightly retro outfit is sure to be a winner with everyone in the fam.
Neutral Suit + Metallic Accessories
An otherwise stuffy suit is the perfect Mother's Day outfit when dressed down with a metallic bag and Birkenstocks.
Denim Shorts + Statement Jacket + Chunky Sandals
Dress up your favorite pair of cutoffs with a statement jacket, and then take things right back down with a pair of seriously stompy sandals. Perfect for a Mother's Day afternoon spent outside.
Mother's Day is one of the few occasions where a short suit fits the dress code exactly. Go for a bold yellow or orange and fresh white sneakers to keep things feeling casual.