(Closed) I Have to Know – Has Anyone Ever Really Worn Their B-Maid Dress Again??

posted 11 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Oh, I came so close!  I have a lovely brown chiffon Jim Hjelm that I was going to wear to the opera with my fiance … but it was freezing cold that night and I went with slacks instead so I wouldn’t lose my limbs to frostbite. I may look into donating it like bellenga suggested.

J. Crew dresses seem to get a lot of re-wear mileage.  I have 3 friends who wore coral pink cotton J. Crew dresses in a wedding, and all 3 of them have worn them again — I have the pics to prove it!  I hope my bridesmaids will be able to wear their navy silk J. Crew dresses again, but we got them at a really good price and my mom was nice enough to pick up the tab, so I won’t feel so bad if they never take it out of the closet again.

Post # 33
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559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I haven’t worn either of my bridesmaid dresses (satin, long lavendar dress and shorter red taffeta) but one of my friends shortened a black bridesmaid dress and wore it to a wedding!

Post # 34
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364 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I REALLY tried to wear my dress again — It just never looks right anywhere except a wedding.  And now all the weddings I go to black is the color of the ACTUAL Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, so I don’t want to look like the guest who wanted to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man, le sigh.  Thank GOD Jcrew marked down a lot of their silk chiffon dresses and just sent me an email about it!! 🙂

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

My sister is wearing her BM’s dress to work this week, I believe. BUT- I didn’t choose satin dresses- I chose J Crew sundresses (super cheap!!)

Those can be worn again. A random satin dress? Not so much. 🙂

Post # 36
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Newbee

Mighty Sapphire–why wouldn’t you wear an LBD to a wedding? Every wedding I go to most people are wearing LBDs. That said, I am planning to wear a navy bm dress to another wedding–it’s black tie so the long dress works.

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

In my sisters wedding we had 2-piece dresses.  I’ve worn the whole dress once, and I wear the skirt a LOT.  Probably 8 or 10 times in the last 8 years.

And 2 of my 3 girls have already told me they’re wearing their dresses to a wedding in August.  (They’re the ever popular J.Crew Sophia)  The third probably won’t wear her’s again, but I’m blaming her baby bump on that one.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Nope! Way too formal for anything I would normally go to/be part of!

 

This is the major reason why my BMs (my twos sisters) are going to wear simple black dresses. Something they can wear over and over again. I may get them a blue sash or something to add to it to bring in the wedding color scheme, though.

Post # 39
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Busy bee

Nope!  Short champagne colored tafetta dress?? Way too unflattering.  The seafoam green long chiffon gown?  Too long, too seafoamy. Just going to resign myself to the fact that anything but the LBD is rewearable.  I consider it "paying it forward" for my friends; one day they’ll wear my pick!

Post # 40
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m a professional bridesmaid. So far I’ve only worn one of my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses again. . . after I had it hemmed. I was able to wear it to a formal function and it was fine. The other rainbow colored dresses in my closet have been sitting there since the day I took them off.

Lessons learned: My BM’s are wearing Little Black Dreses from a major department store.

Post # 41
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I picked out this dress becasue I thought that the girls could wear it again. One has a b,ue dress and two have the yellow. It is not too bridesmaid looking and not as formal as some. All the girls love it and said they could think of at least three places to wear it after my wedding.

http://www.davidsbridal.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplayView?storeId=10052&catalogId=10051&categoryId=-49997251&currentIdx=3&subCategory=-49998492%7c-49997957%7c-49997251&catentryId=2000163

 

Let me know what you think….

Post # 42
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I made a point of never telling my BMs they should be able to wear their dresses again, though privately I thought it was rewearable and I almost bought one myself!  But dresses are such personal things and while we will wear almost anything for our dearest friends, it is rare that what matches their wedding truly fits our own personal style.

The only time I have ever been a bridesmaid, the dress was realy cute in pictures, but when it arrived the quality and fit was just awful, so I never did wear it again.

Post # 43
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Oh, and as to why you wouldn’t wear a LBD to a wedding–black is traditionally a no-no at weddings because of its association with funerals and mourning clothing.  I’m a traditionalist, so I can’t say I’m crazy about that tradition falling by the wayside, but I recognize that it will probably happen anyway!

Post # 44
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The only bridesmaid dress of mine that I have worn again is one that I wore in a theme wedding that I have since worn to costume events. 🙂 I have no complaints about my bridesmaid dresses – I lucked out in terms of the colors and styles in general – but I just haven’t had an occasion to wear them again (though I nearly wore the skirt from a separates outfit to a formal dance at one point).

However, a friend of mine gave me a bridesmaid’s dress of hers that was too small for her, and I have worn that. It looks more like a church-y dress than a typical bridesmaid’s dress, though.

I found when picking out bridesmaid dresses that there is, to some degree, a tradeoff between affordability and re-wearability unless you’re going with a black dress or are going VERY casual. But maybe that’s just my experience… 

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

I wear black to formal weddings all the time. I don’t have any colored cocktail or floor length dresses at all. I do have 3 or 4 of each in black though. LOL I think it’s a silly rule and I feel like it’s one of those rules that people use just to control things. For instance we were invited to a wedding where the invitation said No Black, just white, pink or some other color. We didn’t go. I’m not a preschooler. I don’t need help with picking out my clothes!

Post # 46
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I wore the purple dress from my sisters wedding, but then we were allowed to choose our own.  But I’ve worn it a couple times.

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