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Has anyone successfully re-worn a bridesmaid's dress?

BiancaBianca Posts: 2,492Registered Users
My friend has ordered gorgeous bridesmaids dresses for us to wear in her wedding. It's this one:


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We all got a good laugh at the model's Harlequin Romance Novel pose. On a normal, modest woman, it's a really flattering and elegant dress (we closed the front a wee bit). The slit is also hiked way up in the picture because on us, it only goes to the knee.

I'm determined to wear this somewhere after the wedding. But where? It's too fancy for a restaurant.
Is there anywhere that people go that requires elegant dresses like this?
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  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,380Registered Users
    That is really pretty. My prom dress was a bridesmaid dress - I made a minor adjustment from a full skirt to a bustle ( this was a taffeta dress and it was the 80's)232323232%7Ffp4323%3A%3Enu%3D3233%3E45%3B%3E4%3C8%3E232445%3B5%3B98%3A2ot1lsi

    I think bridesmaid dresses are much more versatile & wearable now.


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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,771Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Charity dinners, Christmas & New Years parties are the times I get to wear that sort of thing.


    Love the dress :)


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  • BiancaBianca Posts: 2,492Registered Users
    It seems that on TV shows, women are always wearing dresses like this to dinner or some kind of charity function like you suggested.

    I agree that the dresses are getting more versatile. That's why I'm so determined to wear this again.

    I have another bridesmaid's dress from my sister's wedding that I def cannot wear. It's a light purple, satin...cone. That's really the only way to describe it.
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  • redheadfullofcurlsredheadfullofcurls Posts: 409Registered Users
    My prom dress was also a bridesmaid dress..

    Formal night on a cruise would be a good time to wear a dress like that.
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  • rileybrileyb Posts: 1,975Registered Users
    No, I've never had a bridesmaid dress I liked. My SIL wore her bridesmaid dress from my wedding to another wedding. Probably mostly because she was 7 mos pregnant and she didn't have another maternity dress to wear, but I thought (and still think) that the dresses were pretty cute.

    I think I'd always be afraid I'd show up and the bridesmaids would be wearing that dress. Actually, I did accidentally show up at a wedding wearing the same dress that the attendants were wearing in a different color. In my defense, it was just a J.Crew dress - before they even were doing bridesmaid dresses even.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    I sold mine at a local Vintage store in Chicago.

    A drag queen bought it.
  • KurlyKaeKurlyKae Posts: 3,413Registered Users
    I did, once. This was in the early 90s. We had a two piece dress. The base was black velvet, to the knee. It had long, puffy sleeves. a higher neck and deeper v down the back. Then, there was an irridescent green floorlength skirt that went over it. I wore the black dress to another wedding, but that skirt...ugh, no. It did look good for the day, though.
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  • Jenica77Jenica77 Posts: 5Registered Users
    I did but I have a formal dinner party to attend every year for my husband's work. That one is really pretty. I can't tell if it would be too dressy for a restaurant/night out by the picture though, since you said it looks so much different on.

    You can also dress down a dress by wearing more casual jewelry, shoes, hairstyle, etc.
  • MichelleBFTMichelleBFT Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    I would think once you're past prom age, the only chance you're going to get to wear something like that again is to another wedding. That's part of why I love weddings so much, they're the only chance I get to get all fancied up.

    It's a lovely dress, though. I hope you find somewhere to wear it!

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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    I love that dress bianca! NYE would be my first guess, esp if you have it hemmed to knee length.
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  • 09robiha09robiha Posts: 683Registered Users
    My bridesmaid dress (for my mums wedding 5 years ago) was sky blue and was a separate corset and long skirt.
    The corset is stunning and I still wear it when I go to more high end clubs..I would never wear it somewhere divey. I took off the straps a long time ago and usually wear black or grey jeans and stick a black blazer over it and some long necklaces and some cute earings. It's rocking :) ...im kind of lost as to how to wear it any other way tho! I have a very strange style tho :')

    My prom dress was very formal too, deep fushia silk, floor length, slim skirt and corset style top (can u tell I like corsets? I have a 23inch waist so there the only thing that fits super well) ...this dress I cut shorter to just above knee and wear to weddings and such with a fur shrug/jacket and cute shoes

    I love the dress in the your post OP it's gorgeous! Maybe you can wear it to a different wedding as a guest with a waist belt, some sort of jacket or blazer and nice jewellery?
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  • CheetaraCheetara Posts: 2,182Registered Users
    Don't forget you can always wear it for Halloween too -- you could be a zombie bridesmaid.
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  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users
    Never. And I've had approximately a dozen over the years.
  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    I think you can really only wear that to something formal. That would be a Saturday evening wedding, or some kind of formal party (such as a charity ball, or a formal company Christmas party).

    Although, I do kinda love the zombie bride Halloween idea!
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  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,380Registered Users
    You know, altered to a cocktail length, that dress would be really sexy and could be worn to more events than if it were left floor length.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    At that length, you can probably only wear it for very formal occasions, and even most weddings aren't formal anymore (other than the bridal party). I would have it shortened to cocktail length.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    I've donated all of mine to the local HS for prom, along w/ the dyed shoes....lol
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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    At that length, you can probably only wear it for very formal occasions, and even most weddings aren't formal anymore (other than the bridal party). I would have it shortened to cocktail length.

    I was thinking this as well. If it fits in a way that would also work as a cocktail length, I think you'll get a LOT more use out of it!
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  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    Unfortunately, the only time I've been a bridesmaid included the dress that I will never wear again. Gorgeous color, but it is of the traditional, long, strapless variety. Pretty much this: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.davidsbridal.com%2Fs7viewers%2Fdhtml%2FgenericZoomMobile.html%3FserverUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fs7d1.scene7.com%2Fis%2Fimage%2F%26amp%3Basset%3DDavidsBridalInc%2Fs11_8567_2.psd.xml%253flayer%253d2%2526op%255fcolorize2%253d99062A" class="Popup
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  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    M2LR wrote: »
    Unfortunately, the only time I've been a bridesmaid included the dress that I will never wear again. Gorgeous color, but it is of the traditional, long, strapless variety. Pretty much this: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.davidsbridal.com%2Fs7viewers%2Fdhtml%2FgenericZoomMobile.html%3FserverUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fs7d1.scene7.com%2Fis%2Fimage%2F%26amp%3Basset%3DDavidsBridalInc%2Fs11_8567_2.psd.xml%253flayer%253d2%2526op%255fcolorize2%253d99062A" class="Popup

    But not gray, a deep burgundy red.
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  • RobinP92202RobinP92202 Posts: 213Registered Users
    I think if you shortened that dress a tad, you could get a lot of use out of it!

    All of my bridesmaids have gotten use out of their dress because I had them all just wear a little black dress of their own choosing.

    I have been a bridesmaid a few times before and have donated alll the dresses. One was a brown satin tea length nicole miller I would have worn again except I had just had a baby so I lost a lot of weight after wearing that one.

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  • FieryCurlsFieryCurls Posts: 2,904Registered Users
    I haven't been to a military ball yet, but that would probably be the only opportunity for me to rewear one.
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    I also wanted to say that it's a gorgeous dress! I would love to see a pic of it on you.
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  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Posts: 2,954Registered Users
    Spider wrote: »
    That is really pretty. My prom dress was a bridesmaid dress - I made a minor adjustment from a full skirt to a bustle ( this was a taffeta dress and it was the 80's)232323232%7Ffp4323%3A%3Enu%3D3233%3E45%3B%3E4%3C8%3E232445%3B5%3B98%3A2ot1lsi

    I think bridesmaid dresses are much more versatile & wearable now.


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    OH my gosh change this dress to dark green...that was my sister's bridesmaid dress in 1990.

    Gorgeous dress. Either wear it again to a very formal event or shorten it...be able to wear it to lots of places...even New Year's Eve Party.
  • wavyblondewavyblonde Posts: 1,637Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    It's a gorgeous dress. I second whoever said you could wear it to dinner on a cruise. That's the last place I wore a full-length formal dress.
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  • juicyfruitjuicyfruit Posts: 751Registered Users
    I wore one bm dress to two weddings. The second bride wasn't too particular about our dresses as long as they were the same color (red) and didn't clash.
  • misspammisspam Posts: 5,318Registered Users
    That's a very pretty bridesmaid dress. I agree with others - unless you have a few formal events coming up, I would have it shortened to cocktail length.

    I haven't been a bridesmaid since the 80's. Ugh. It was a hideous dress. Shiny taffeta the color of Pepto Bismol...
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  • Lucky CharmLucky Charm Posts: 1,250Registered Users
    I'm in my friends wedding in Feb of next year. I'm a grooms-woman, on his side, but the bride said that I could choose any dress I wanted as long as it went well with her coloring for the wedding. Her and I decided I would do a black dress (since I'm on the grooms side), with a sangria colored fabric belt, which is the color of her bridesmaids dresses.
    I chose this dress, which I'll wear with opaque black tights and black shoes. I'll be able to wear it again, its so cute! Its not *this* short on me, I must have short legs!
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  • VerityVerity Posts: 616Registered Users
    Love that dress, LC!

    The dress I was able to wear again was very similar to that one. It was originally floor length, but I took it to a seamstress and had it altered to just above the knee. The beauty was that the shoes matched perfectly, and this time, I could actually see them!

    I have to add that the op's friend is one brave bride! There is no way in hell my bridesmaids would have been wearing dresses that revealing!
  • BiancaBianca Posts: 2,492Registered Users
    I think I will get it shortened afterward because it will definitely be more versatile that way.

    I'm glad that the dress doesn't scream "bridesmaid' so I will be able to easily alter it and wear it again.
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