Though your outfit 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 and looking chic and that won't offend Grandma. Maybe you can even gift one of these looks to someone special in your life. So read on to discover the fail-safe outfit formulas, and shop some of our favorite festive spring pieces and outfits below.
There's really no occasion that a matching set doesn't work for, and Mother's Day is certainly no exception. I can personally attest any green skirt set ideal. Dress it up or down depending on what your plans entail.
Whether or not you plan on wearing matching ensembles with your friends or family, take a page out of this French mother-daughter trio's book, and wear polished denim (bootcut in this case) with a pastel-hued cardigan and ankle boots. It's simple, easy, and, above all, pretty.
Calling all minimalists! A pared-back maxi dress looks especially sleek with simple-strap sandals. This stunning one from Tove speaks for itself and hardly needs any further styling.
If your celebrations involve cozy quality time at home, try a casual 'fit like this. A fun cardigan and leather trousers are low-key but still cool, and paired with classic sneakers like Converse, they're comfy, too.
Dressing for Mother's Day isn't all that different from dressing for brunch: It's a choose-your-own-adventure of daytime casual. When in doubt, a relaxed suit atop something fitted like a bodysuit is a cool and fashion set–approved way to go. Add some personality via quirky accessories like a woven bag.
Another can't-go-wrong option that fashion people rely on for plenty of occasions is this winning combo involving a midi dress and knee-high boots. It's polished and stylish, and it requires relatively little effort.
Since there's no one set dress code for Mother's Day and it varies depending on your plans, it's a good excuse to break out the funkiest pieces in your closet. I love the idea of wearing printed pants with something more classic like a silky button-down and bold gold jewelry.
It is peak spring, after all, so wearing anything other than your most exuberantly colored dresses would honestly be a shame. Simple sandals and a pair of pretty earrings add the finishing touches.
French girls have fancy spring outfits on lock, so emulate this one with a floral skirt and ballet pumps. Add a cardigan for an added layer (and because it will inevitably be cold inside any restaurant if that's on the agenda).