Another day, another Twitter trending topic. This time, a garment labelled black “mother of the bride” dress by Bulgarian designer Tonena, has caused quite the stir among the people of the internet. The dress, which kinda looks like a full-length gown version of lingerie, is black, sheer, off-the-shoulder and completely backless. It’s mermaid shaped and has a feather trim. In other words, it’s what sexy Maleficent would wear to a Moulin Rouge themed boudoir party. But don’t take our word for it. Here it is in all of its motherly glory.
Of course, with a dress so dramatic and labelled as “mother of the bride,” people had opinions. Some were totally for it (if perhaps tongue-in-cheek):
The year is 2060.
I’m 65 years old, but my skincare routine and medical technology has rendered me an elegant, ageless beauty.
A perpetual bachelorette, I arrive solo, wearing this, to my only child’s wedding.
The 3 possible fathers are also present.
A scene is caused. https://t.co/PGHoVCdrzq
— peamilk (@madison_alleman) March 12, 2019
“DARling, did you forGET to inVITE your MOTHER????”– me in this extremely normal mother-of-the-bride dress, slamming into my daughter’s wedding mid-Mendelssohn while a lightning storm rages outside. the guests gasp in terror pic.twitter.com/H3uuIVLSOz
— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) March 12, 2019
If the mother of the bride can pull off this dress…. that groom is WINNING
— Cool Mark (@CoolMark72) March 13, 2019
Whoever invites me to their wedding next I 100% promise to
(a) wear this dress;
(b) show up during the ceremony LATE and LOUD;
(c) cause an elegant but terrible scene during the reception; and
(d) throw a full glass of red wine on the relative of your choosing during said scene https://t.co/btbvOwUtKd
— Sarah Gailey (@gaileyfrey) March 12, 2019
This dress for the mother of the bride is fantastic.
After being left off of the invite list. She strides into the church during the vows – an audible gasp is heard from the guests.
“Dont stop on my account,” she says, imperiously and defiantly.
— David Stuart (@DLachlan88) March 13, 2019
Others, not so much:
That’s a mother of the bride dress, IF your parents are divorced and your dad is remarried and your mom hates his new wife and wants to show him what he’s missing.
— Mistress Matisse (@mistressmatisse) March 13, 2019
This is more of a step mother of the bride who was remarried 5 times type of dress.
— Ray Wolf (@KatWoaf) March 13, 2019
I like the dress itself. It is sexy but not for mother of the bride. That’s completely out of that class. What’s the bride going to wear? Saran Wrap??
— Rhianna Waters (@RhiannaWaters) March 13, 2019
You sure they didn’t mean “Madam of the Bride Dress”? Any bride would be horrified if her mother wore that nonsense to her daughter’s wedding.
— Edie Loree (@inspectorladytx) March 12, 2019
It’s “mother of the bride drunkenly fooling around with the groom the night before the wedding” dress
— Zephyr (@CeciliaQuick) March 12, 2019
Honestly, if our mom wanted to wear that dress, and were able to pull it off, more power to her. We like a little drama at our special events. For fans of the design, we’ve got some good news. Tonena makes all kinds of beautifully intricate dresses for everyone — even if you aren’t the bride’s mom. In fact, her dresses look fantastic on all sizes, and you can see some very happy Tonena dress owners in her Etsy shop reviews. Starting at a short fit and flare dress for $802 (in case you’re wondering, some of the dress details are as follows, “Neckline: Halter, Pockets: Yes, Sexy: Yes”), with the most expensive item being a bejewelled crystal wedding gown for $17,773.
Happy shopping, drama queens.