1. Show up at David's Bridal.
2. Tell bride which ones you like best.
3. Wear the dress the bride chose (not even in your top 20).
4. Take dress to Goodwill. (I never, ever, ever wore a bridesmaid dress more than once, despite every bride telling me that she was picking one we could all wear again.*)
|Sure, Brooke Shields from Suddenly Susan…|
you'll wear this ALL the time!
I haven't been a bridesmaid for a long time, but I have friends and clients who are in the midst of wedding planning, so it's back on my radar. It's amazing how different things are these days! The Internet...Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook…provides infinite options for brides.
The best news, though, is for the bridesmaids, who really MIGHT wear their dresses again!! There are so many places to find lovely, stylish dresses for your wedding party! One such place is Weddington Way, an online bridal boutique with a huge selection of dresses and accessories for bridal parties. Their November Style Challenge is to give one of their bridesmaid dresses a life beyond the aisle, by styling it for something other than a wedding, so I decided to give it a go! Here's their Alfred Sung fit and flare dress in navy, ready for a Spring wedding:
And here it is again, styled for a holiday cocktail holiday party:
*In fairness, I must state that my sister borrowed the dress I wore in my friend, Doris's, wedding for a cocktail party. It really was a pretty dress.
As a personal stylist in Richmond, VA, I strive to make wardrobe choices clear and easy for women who are short on time, overwhelmed by their closets, or transitioning from one period of life to another. Let's connect!