(Closed) How many times have you really reworn a bridesmaid dress?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
35 posts
  • Wedding: February 2011

I only wore one of my bridesmaid dresses twice, but it was once before the wedding for a different event and then for the wedding.

I am hoping that my girls pick a dress they will wear again..or that they really like! I just care that we all agree and like it a lot.

Post # 4
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Never once have I re-worn a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress (mind you, the colours/styles picked had a lot to do with that).

If It were a ‘little black dress’  in the right cut/style I could see the possibility of re-wearing it, even if only to a funeral or nice dinner out, but short of letting a Bridesmaid or Best Man pick whatever they want, regardless of cut, style, colour etc etc, I really doubt the viability of ‘re-wearing’ a dress, unless you’re a person that attends really really fancy events often and has the good fortune of looking good in anything.

As for it influencing my/my BM’s choices, well, somewhat. I don’t really believe in wasting money; though I’ve done it for others, I don’t really intend on making people spend money on something they’re never ever going to use again. So, in that regard, I’m generally approaching my BM’s very frankly about the situation, if they don’t want to spend more than x amount or wear something in x colour for whatever reason then I’m not going to force them. There are literally thousands of lovely dresses out there to choose from, not all of them marketed as ‘bride’s maids dresses’ but most will do in a pinch, especially for a casual event.

I can see how his approach really wouldn’t work for someone who was planning a really formal event with a ‘unified’ look in mind, but to each their own.

Post # 5
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Once. I was a junior bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding when I was about 10 & I wore the dress with some accessories on Halloween to be a fairy princess.

It was a major concern for me as I wanted to keep things low-key & low-cost for my BMs so I had actually found a great fitted strapless dress that could easily be hemmed and worn for a night out or under a blazer for a daytime look. It was even under $100.00!

The week before we were going to order the dresses, one of my BMs found out she is pregnant and will be 7.5 months along at my wedding. I went back to the drawing board and found a few maternity dress options that would correspond with a non-maternity style & we all voted and chose an Alfred Angelo dress. It could be shortened and worn for a night out as well I guess, but not so much for daytime.


Post # 6
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Never for anything important. I have 5 dresses and I wore one once for Halloween.

Post # 7
135 posts
Blushing bee

my bff who i was moh for in her wedding picked a dress from forever 21 for us to wear. $20 bucks…and i’ve reworn it a couple times. it’s the cheapest dress i’ve bought and the only one i re-wear

Post # 8
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve never been a bridesmaid.  However, for each of my weddings, I allowed my Maid/Matron of Honor to wear any nice dress.  At my first wedding, my sister chose a long green dress which I know she has worn again.  At my second wedding, my daughter chose a burgundy dress which she had made when she was a Maid/Matron of Honor for a different wedding.

Post # 9
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have worn a black one I wore three years ago many times.  I love the dress so much it has become my go-to dress for functions like funerals, political parties, and a few philanthropy functions.  It is an easy style and the fabric is great as I can just throw it in my purse (which my FH says are suit cases) and change right after work and the thing never wrinkles.  I love, love, love it.  I still have the pumps also.  They were simple nine west patient leather pumps, which I also love.

Post # 10
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Never.  I’ve been a bridesmaid four times (I think)

Oh well, it’s part of the deal!  Doesn’t bother me!

Post # 11
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Never. The whole “you can wear it again” thing is BS. Tell me, when will I ever have the opportunity to wear a tiffany blue tea length organza dress again? Never, thats when.

I didnt give the whole “you can wear it again” talk to my bridesmaids because I know they never will. 

I tend to laugh a little when the bride does say that because I know its a lie. I, for one, know that my girls will never EVER wear their burnt orange dresses that they buy for my wedding, ever again.

Post # 12
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I have one bridesmaid dress that I’ve reworn several times.  For one wedding I was in, the bride told us all to buy a black dress that we liked.  It was great – there was a wide range of body types in the bridal party but, because everyone bought their own dress, everyone felt comfortable in it and looked great.  It’s been a great dress to have and I enjoy wearing it.

Post # 13
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I was just a Bridesmaid or Best Man for the first time and I could definitely wear that dress again.

Post # 14
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’ve never reworn a bridesmaid dress. My one goal as a bride was to pick a dress they could wear again…. but I definitely did not succeed. Oh well! Hopefully they at least won’t hate wearing it in the wedding (because I’ve been in a few where I HATED the dress….).

Post # 15
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

Never – and I always keep them thinking that I’ll have some formal, black tie affair to wear one to – but I have never reworn a bridesmaid dress. And I’ve been in about 10 weddings!

Post # 16
3620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My girls wore the Victoria’s Secret Convertible Dress in chocolate brown… I hope they wear it again! I actually bought one for myself and wore it twice on the honeymoon when we went to the Italian restaurant on the resort, so I know it’s not too “bridesmaid-y”!

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