Post # 47
I was a bridesmaid once, MoH for my sister. She purposely chose a dress that we could seriously wear again. I wore it to church regularly. It was a longish sundress.
For my MoH and only Bridesmaid or Best Man, I’m letting her pick whatever she would like as long as it is formal enough for the wedding, some type of color that goes with everything and looks flattering on her.
Post # 48
- Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA
I’ve never been a bridesmaid before (most of my friends are guys), but I do hope my bridesmaids will wear theirs again. I’m going to narrow it down to 3 or 4 choices, so hopefully they can agree on one they like. But if they don’t wear it again, it won’t be that big of a deal, since we’re paying for the dresses!
Post # 49
No. My bride friend made it a point to buy JCrew or AT dresses so we could actually wear them again. Well the thing is, it’s still bridesmaid-y (plus red) and I have not yet worn it again during the past 2.5 years.
Post # 50
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I never have, but that’s because one dress was a red chiffon floor length (with straps that gave me a rash), and the other was a green (a color I prefer not to wear) and couldn’t possibly be altered enough to fit me properly. I don’t expect to be able to re-wear a bm dress (although it would be awfully nice if I at least *liked* it and felt comfortable on the wedding day), but I’m aiming for re-wearability for my bridesmaids by picking a LBD in lace with ivory satin details. *I* am thinking about buying it for myself, so I consider that rewearable… if it’s not then it’s a matter of taste, I guess, and I can’t please everyone!
Post # 51
I haven’t been a bridesmaid but every dress I see at the weddings I’ve been to don’t *seem* like that could be re-worn easily. I plan on using the Victoria Secret Convertible dress for my girls with the hope that they really can wear them again, especially since my mom is paying for both of my sisters dresses. That made it really important for me to find something that could be re-worn. Also the fact that all my Bridesmaid or Best Man are very different shape wise, the dress can be worn in a way that flatters them best. I just hope it works out that way!
Post # 52
I’ve spent a hideous amount of money altering gowns I will never wear again. That said, for my own wedding, I wanted to have dresses that TRULY REALLY could be worn again. One of my friends had a family friend make her Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, the woman isn’t a professional seamstress but does great work for some extra cash. So, me and the BMs looked through magazines and agreed on a style everyone liked, the seamstress found a comparable dress pattern, we agreen on colors that we all liked in a silk shantung fabric, and each Bridesmaid or Best Man chose her own neckline as well as how narrow or wide she wanted her A-line skirt to be, etc. For $90 each maid is getting a dress custom fit to her body, with whatever neckline makes her comfortable. They’re not done yet but the one maid who saw hers blurted out "Oh my gosh I really WILL wear this again!!". If you don’t know a seamstress, a site like http://www.lynnlugo.com offers something similar. And the kicker? I liked the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses so much I had one made for me with the colors swapped, and I already wore it to a bat mitzvah, and got several compliments!!
Post # 53
No, but my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses have made for some lovely princess play gowns for my nieces. I get rid of the hideous things as soon as the wedding is over.
Post # 54
Never! But it’s still in my closet after 7 years. Definitly need to donate it!
Post # 55
One of the three. It was actually a tea length dress from Chadwick’s. I wore it to Church on Easter one year and for Mother’s day another year.
Post # 56
@blushingaudrey: This is kinda funny. When I married my XH, I picked out black bridesmaids dresses then (1996). My ex Mother-In-Law said "wearing black was for funerals and that it was bad luck." Well we didn’t go with black. lol!!!
I don’t think it’s an issue at all..I’m also quite the traditionalist. I’ve also worn it to weddings and accented it with pinks and lots of pearls..got loads of compliments wearing a black dress to a wedding!
For all those women who have the ill-fated never to wear again bm dress, I suggest calling a local women’s shelter and seeing if you could donate it to them. These are women in need and they really might do the cut it off and re-wear again. I gave them three dresses that were pretty, but needed "something" done to them. I also donated a shrug/cardigan with one that went pretty well with it to give it some more style.
Post # 57
one word… no. although i have a couple that are definitely re-wearable. i’ve just never been to a function where they would have been appropriate.
Post # 58
Nope, I have never re-worn a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress. Luckily, we live in LA so my friends and I have been able to take advantage of shopping in the LA Fashion District. They have wholesale prices on dresses (pretty much any kind of clothing), so we have always been able to get dresses for like $40/each and shoes for $10/pair! It’s really amazing. I’ve never had to purchase an expensive Bridesmaid or Best Man dress, thank goodness! They just end up sitting in my closet (I really should donate them, but I can’t see anyone else wanting to wear these, LOL)!
Here are a couple tried and true dresses from the LA Fashion District:
Post # 59
I personally haven’t, but my Maid/Matron of Honor wore her dress for my wedding to her graduation for her master’s degree. She called me beforehand and asked if it would be okay to wear the dress before the wedding… I was thrilled that she liked it enough to want to wear it!!
The dress is the silk chiffon Sophia dress from Jcrew, in "espresso" (dark brown) so it’s a little easier to re-wear (or PRE-wear in this case!) both for fabric and color reasons.
Post # 60
Mine was so hideous I ditched it in the dumpster on the way home.