Post # 1
After posting a question about Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and receiving the (sadly) typical slew of HOW DARE YOU and very jump-to-conclusion responses, mixed in with all the helpful kindness…I was left wondering… has anyone ACTUALLY shortened a bridesmaids gown, and/or worn it again?
I would love to hear stories or see pics, of something you loved enough to actually use again! I have never done it myself.
Post # 2
I thought about it with the only one I have, but even shortened it would be too fancy for anything I’ve participated in (satin). It would be super cute though, but about 10 years out of date. I’d love it if my girls would wear their dresses again, but I doubt either will unless for Halloween, since they’re 50s retro.
Post # 3
My sister in law had this great fitted yet stretchy black lace dress from Macys that I’ve worn a ton since her wedding! It looked fantastic. Other than that I’ve never worn a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress a second time. That being said, I think that’s ok. Everyone tries to get a dress that “you can just shorten and wear again” but 98% just aren’t going to make it. It’s a pain and they don’t look right as regular dresses. Just go for whatever you like. You only get one day as your wedding day and someday you’ll get to wear a dress you’ll never wear again as their bridesmaid 😉
Post # 4
I’ve worn the Bridesmaid or Best Man dress from my sister’s wedding a few times, mostly as a wedding guest. It’s silk satin but knee length so not too formal, and it’s just a cocktail dress from a regular store, so it certainly doesn’t look bridesmaid-y.
Post # 5
I originally was going to let my Maid/Matron of Honor and BMs choose any dress they wanted in navy, however, they all wanted to have something similar. We looked at a few options decided on a navy covertible dress that an be worn multiple ways. The Maid/Matron of Honor is wearing it halter, one Bridesmaid or Best Man is wearing it Grecian and the other Bridesmaid or Best Man is in the fence, but will probably do Grecuan as well. do hope they wear them after the wedding.
Post # 6
I’ve been thinking about navy bridesmaid dresses. Where did you find this convertable one?
Post # 7
No. I once told a bride that I would def wear the dress again, but that’s because I love her! 🙂
From my experience (and I’m sure others might disagree), convertible bridesmaid dresses are the least likely to be worn again. I’ve happily worn two, but they are not particularly flattering on most body types due to their odd structure.
Post # 8
Was it the WHBM Genius dress, by chance? I own that one in black and like it, and might also do those in navy for my BMs.
Post # 9
Oh dear , are you still smarting because people didn’t agree with your matchy thing ….. do let it go.
Re the actual question . no, I never have , but I do get a little reminscient buzz from seeing them in my wardorbe , years later ! (despite NOT being able to fit in them )
Post # 10
My moh has already worn her dress again but i did buy short dresses from a “regular” store…
Post # 11
I’ve worn one of my bridesmaids dresses multiple times. A few years ago I was a bridesmaid at a wedding where we wore simple J.Crew silk chiffon dresses. I’ve worn it as a wedding guest probably 4-5 times since then (although it’s been a while since I last wore it, and I’m not sure I will again). I still think it was a great, flattering choice!
Post # 12
Oh that is lovely and definately something you could wear again and again.
Post # 13
Yep! Wore a short davids bridal dress to a formal event the next year.
Post # 14
I’ve been in 3 weddings and not once have I used the dresses again. I think I donated them after they hung in my closet for Years.
Post # 15
I wore one dress, a strapless silver one from David’s Bridal, a couple of times since the wedding. There’s another purple chiffon dress that I could probably wear again as well, just haven’t had the opportunity. Both of these were dresses that I picked myself, with the bride only telling me the color I had to get.
The other two that were picked by the bride will probably never be worn again. They just both aren’t really my style.