Colors And Ideas On Your Bridesmaids Dresses

I have a few suggestions below. You may want to present these to your attendants and see which ones they like best. Any combination will work. You’ve chosen a monochromatic color scheme so any lightness or darkness of purple is acceptable.

Dress your bridesmaids in lavender and your Maid/Matron of honor in plum. I did this at my wedding. Our colors were silver and light blue. I wore a white dress with silver and light blue accents. My bridesmaids were in light blue while my Maid and Matron of honor were in a dark silver. You could also, conversely, put your bridesmaids in plum and the maid/matron in lavender. However, it is generally more popular to dress the maid/matron in a darker color so as to contrast the bride better.

Dress them all in lavender with plum sashes or accents. The accents may be shawls, wraps, or ribbons. Many brides who choose this route also have ribbons of the accents in their bouquets and the attendants’ bouquets.

Dress them in plum dresses with lavender bouquets. You may also want to include lavender accents. Since the lavender is on your dress, you definitely want it to be more of a secondary color than the plum. So if you do dress them all in plum, you need to make sure the lavender definitely stands out as well.

I advise against dressing them in patterned dresses or dual-tone dresses. This will make your wedding party look too busy since your dress already has a floral pattern. Stick with elegant but non-ornate dresses for your attendants. I personally would go with either the 1st or 2nd suggestion.

Taffeta is rarely found in bridesmaid dresses, this is because it’s a very luxurious fabric and to be honest, it’s likely to stand out more than the bride!

You’re looking more at high street retailers which only stock ‘fashion’ colors. You’ll be paying a little extra but it’s worth going to bridal stores as they will have the color selections all year round. They usually have all styles available in all colors too, so you should find something you like.

Mori Lee has a stunning chocolate brown which is available now, have a look on their website for the different styles. Forever yours & Romantic also have chocolate brown in their collection. Most designers have bridesmaid ranges these days.

All the designers have stockiest lists on their websites so you can find the nearest store to you. You’ll usually find galleries as well so you can have a browse at some of the different styles they have.

Plum & silver sounds lovely! Silver accents would be lovely on your plum dresses. If you go for another color, it can over-complicate the look. As silver is the ‘accessory’ color (this means its the color used to complement your main color, which is used in hints) then it would be very suitable.

What you have suggested sounds lovely! I can especially picture these dresses in chiffon. Organza can be quite stiff, the cheaper organza has a shimmer to it and it makes it look cheap!

Despite it being the evening, it’ll still be light so the tangerine sounds like s good compromise. Very zesty!

Do be warned – please try this color and T length style on your bridesmaids as it doesn’t suit everyone.
Your bridesmaids would really need to be tall for the length as it can stunt shorter ladies.

Tangerine is a lovely color but can wash out some complexions – also if any of your bridesmaids are larger they may well end up looking literally like a tangerine!

If tangerine is too severe then try a more peachy orange instead. It’s softer and kinder to complexions and will look very elegant in chiffon. Lemon or sunshine yellow is a lovely color as well, believe it or not. Along with a golden tan (fake or otherwise!) it simply glows.

Long, flowing drapes and gentle scallop frills are very much in this year and will look super on your bridesmaids. If you have larger bridesmaids then the styles with the folds / roaches across the waist draw the waist in and make for a shapely figure. There is some lovely t-length styles lovely peachy color. This color is really lovely and is one of the colors I’d recommend as an alternative to tangerine.

I had my bridesmaids wear black floor length gowns for my wedding in the middle of May simply because I had my heart set on a very formal wedding!! Needless to say, it turned out looking beautiful. Whatever color of style of dresses you choose for your girls, the pictures will no doubt turn out great. Go with what you imagine being the perfect look or you may regret it down the line and wish you had gone with your tangerine dresses.

Dressing Up Games – Fashion Filled Excitement

Every one loves to dress up in fashionable attire with wonderful hairstyles and admirable accessories. Youngsters and specially kids love to dress themselves in the colourful clothes to emancipate their favourite characters. To encourage this exciting hobby of the children, some special kind of games have been formulated that are available on the various internet websites. In these exciting games the children can easily try different virtual styles and looks on the image or virtual characters. These games are quite popular amongst the kids as they dress the images of dolls etc with colourful dresses and other accessories.

These games are really fun filled and exciting. Small children and specially girls admire these games. There are a number of dresses and accessories like ribbons, laces, headbands etc. In these games the players can easily drag and drop the various dresses and accessories from the palette on to the image. It is real fun to see how the virtual doll looks with different dresses and hairstyles. The gamers can also select different hairstyles along with dresses.

When you talk about the perfect look then it can not be complete without the proper and matching foot wear. These dressing up games also have a gallery of high fashion foot wear like sandals, boots, bellies etc. The player can select the matching footwear to go with the fashionable dress with which one has dressed the doll. There are other options also available like makeup. One can easily drag different shades of lip stick and eye shadow, cheeks blush-on etc.

There are various online dressing up games available in which kids can easily create great fashion sense. These interactive games not only entertain them but also help them build a certain fashion sensibility. By trying different styles and combinations of dresses, they feel really excited and enthusiastic. Some of the games are also based around the themes and styles of the highly popular and every small girl’s favourite Barbie doll. The kids can try a feminine look for the virtual character like long and frilled frock with roses, ribbons and laces or they can dress it up in sporty look with shorts and T-shirt. The playful and interactive games are really enthralling for the children.

Fashion Goddess Rules – Appropriate Evening Dresses For Corporate Events

Some of the most common questions I get all seem to fall into one category: “What are the guidelines regarding appropriate evening dresses for corporate events?” Fashion Goddess Rule #47 is: Corporate event gowns shall be neither too risqué nor too cabaret.

Too Risqué – Front

You have a great bosom and you don’t see a problem with showing it off. That’s fair. But when you’re attending a corporate event, you want positive feedback, not people gawking at your rack.

It is possible to give the suggestion of voluptuousness without full disclosure. If you’re a fan of evening dresses, is an excellent example. It’s a Grecian style gown with a low-cut neckline. Not too low but just low enough to intrigue.

Too Risqué – Back

You could be mistaken for Jennifer Lopez from behind. I’m jealous! But when you’re attending a corporate event, you want to stimulate with your mind, not your behind. It’s okay to wear a form-fitting gown as long as the outline of your physique is left up to the imagination.

If you own any, or have your eye on any designer evening dresses, you’re in luck. This dress has a way of fashioning a loose fitting gown out of clingy material. So as you walk, there is a hint of a curve here and a hint of a curve there.

Too Risqué – Bottom

You have spectacular legs, why cover them up? Okay. But when you’re attending a corporate event you want to network with your eyes not your thighs.

If you can bend over to retrieve a dropped business card without showing all of your business, you’re golden. If you can cross your legs without your co-worker’s eyes crossing from shock, AOK.

A lot of evening gowns manage to marry mini lengths with maximum sophistication. Case in point, this falls about six inches above the knee in a smart ensemble of black stain ribbons.

Too Cabaret – Best Color Choices

By too cabaret, I mean too dramatic, theatrical, showy, etc. This rules out flamboyant colors like red, yellow, orange, and also loud prints and patterns. Stick to neutral colors like mauve, beige and ivory. And black is always safe.

One exception, if you work in an arts-oriented industry, you can get away with an artistic print. For example, if you are a curator at a museum or are an art gallery owner, you may like these amazing evening dresses. Specifically, it reminds me of an abstract Picasso painting.

Too Cabaret – The Right Embellishments

I am often asked how to go about buying an evening dress online when you can barely see the details. You must utilize the zoom function on the product pages. This is especially important when shopping for corporate events. Zoom in and weed out anything with overtly flashy details.

If you’re looking at designer evening dresses, the slip dress will be ideal. If you’re browsing couture evening dresses, some have a teaspoon of sparkle.

Too Cabaret – How Much Skin?

I am a fan of splits in dresses. And a well thought out see-through panel can be quite captivating. But these are not appropriate for corporate events.

No exceptions. No back or side splits and no heart-shaped cut-out over your belly – not if you want to keep your job and/or be respected. Both designer evening dresses and couture evening dresses focus on feminine lines without actually revealing them.

Hot Jasz Couture Dresses for 2011

Jasz Couture is known as one of the top contemporary formal wear labels in the country, specializing in a variety of gowns for different occasions. Whatever your special occasion may be, make sure to check out hot Jasz Couture Dresses for 2011.

Known for their exotic style and attention to detail, Jasz Couture has unique, original, carefully-crafted dresses available for the public that will make you feel like a star. Basic collections include the Prom Collection, the Cocktail Collection, the Pageant Collection, the Evening Collection, and the Home Coming Collection.

Prom Collection

The Jasz Couture Prom Collection is one of the most glamorous and original collections of its kind in the entire country. It is recognized internationally for manufacturing exquisite designs and delivering the highest level of quality. Prom gowns range in length, fabric, and color to offer a wide range of styles to suit every young woman’s needs. Detailed ruching, fancy drapes, and an emphasis on texture are some of the identifying characteristics of this label. From short, fun, bright-colored prom dresses to long and luxurious fancy prom gowns, the Jasz Couture Prom Collection has something for every girl’s special night.

Cocktail Collection

Jasz Couture’s Cocktail gallery is fun, flirty and perfect for any cocktail party or semi-formal event. With designs that feature sequins, ruffles, bow detailing and crystal embellishments, the cocktail collection is hip and classy; it has the best of both worlds. Some of our favorites are the multi-colored sequin ‘shorty’ and the sky blue ruched hem strapless mini.

Pageant Collection

Jasz Couture manufactures some of the most beautiful pageant dresses and gowns in the world. In fact, Jasz Couture is a proud sponsor of the Miss High School America Pageant and their design was chosen amongst numerous brands to be worn by the contestants in the opening number. The gold dress chosen for the national beauty pageant is not only gorgeous but beautifully crafted and flattering on many different body types, making them the top pick for the pageant.

Evening Wear Collection

Three words can be used to describe the Evening Wear collection – sleek, sophisticated, and sexy. Darker colors and intricate designs are typical of this gorgeous gown collection; a more mature and womanly theme is consistently carried throughout most of the dresses. Our top picks include the black, beaded trim long dress with side cut-out detailing and the brown silk dress featuring a plunge v-neck neckline.

Home Coming Collection

The Home Coming Collection includes fresh and chic designs for an unforgettable night full of dancing, fun, and glamour. This range of dresses features sexier silhouettes, the latest trends, bright colors, and a comfortable fit for dancing the night away. Some of our favorites are the orange and blue sequin-embellished corset mini dress and the sexy pink and gray fitted strapless dress.

Jasz Couture is by far one of the ultimate hottest designer brands for prom, homecoming, cocktail festivities, and any other kinds of formal occasions. Browse through their collections to find the perfect dress for your special night.

How to Choose the Best Wedding Dress

A wedding dress is probably the most important highlight during a wedding ceremony. Preparing for a wedding is a busy task and one of the time consuming tasks is selecting the right wedding dress. Here are some guides to choosing the right one.

First identify the budget you allocated for your wedding dress. No point aiming for an expensive dress when you can only afford a simple one. Think of the budget you have for it and discuss with your wedding planner, they are more than happy to help you find the right dress. Wedding dresses doesn’t have to be expensive to look good. Nowadays there are a huge range of good looking wedding gowns out there to choose from and they don’t come with high price.

One way to shortcut the selection process is to choose something which portrays your own liking. Maybe you prefer a certain colour or dress style. If that is the case, you can decide on choosing the wedding gown quickly. Factors such as fabric, cutting, length and sizes are things to consider when choosing a wedding gown. Getting a gown with comfortable material and fit is also important as you won’t want to feel uneasy if the dress is too tight or oversize.

Apart from that, complete your look with matching accessories. Brooches, hair pieces help to enhance the look. Also, you can consider going for manicure and pedicure with colours that complement the wedding dress.

Best friends and family members are close people who can offer good suggestions and point out the pros and cons to you. They are great at helping to select the perfect wedding gown. Bring them along to the boutique or gallery and try out as many wedding dresses as you can. Ask them for opinions and take note of it. You can snap pictures as you try the dresses for comparison later when you have more time. The pictures can be used to show friends for collecting feedback and comments.

Remember that a bride is exclusive on her wedding day and the wedding gown should be exclusive as well. It is essential that the bride to be put some effort in her selection of wedding gown as this can make her wedding extra special and create sweet memories for future. Most of all, wearing the right wedding dress makes the bride stunning, attractive and brings out the best in her.

Tips to a No Stress Dress Shopping

As soon as the wedding date is finalized, most brides start to think of their wedding gowns. Choosing the right dress is one of the most difficult parts of wedding preparations. With hundreds of choices available online and offline, it can take weeks, even months, before you find the wedding dress that fits your style, figure and budget. Here are some tips you might find useful when you start your search for the perfect wedding dress.

Create an inspiration board

There is a whole gallery online for wedding gowns and dresses to help inspire you. It helps when you are familiar with dress styles, fabrics and silhouettes when narrowing down your choices.

It’s okay to not get the exact picture of what you want during the search. You can print those out or cut out pictures of bridal magazines. Whether you are looking into buying a bespoke dress or renting a gown, having a compilation of the gowns you like will help designers and consultants find a similar design.

Do your search ahead of time

Give yourself enough time for research. This is especially important if you are thinking about buying a bespoke wedding dress. The ideal time frame is three to six months before the wedding day. This will serve well if you ever need to make adjustments on the dress.

Take a trusted friend along

When you head out to try on some wedding dresses, it’s always best to bring along an honest friend with you. You can’t always rely on the saleslady’s opinions because all they want is for you to buy the dress. An honest friend or sister will know which dress flatters you the most.

Limit the number of your company. Too many opinions can be confusing and at the worse, could start feeling like going on a firing squad for every fitting. You want to enjoy this moment.

Set a budget

The perfect wedding dress should not cost an arm and a leg. Remember, after the wedding, you will be on your own and you will need a chunk of your money to start anew with your hubby. Fortunately, nowadays, it’s easy to find wedding dresses that are budget-friendly.

Choose a dress you feel comfortable in

You will be in your wedding dress for hours. Make sure you choose a dress that you’re comfortable wearing. When it comes to comfort, fabric texture and weight are huge factors.

How To Find Cheap Wedding Dresses

Do cheap wedding dresses mean a compromise on quality? No, not always. Dressing for the wedding is phenomenally important as it is every one’s dream to look like a princess. And, why not? Most of us gets married only once in our lifetime. Read on to find some tips on how to find wedding dresses at a reasonable price.

Important Of A Wedding Dress

The wedding dress has sentiments attached to it, so it becomes special. At the wedding ceremony, everybody wants to have glimpse of the bride and the groom, so brides-to-be feel it is important to look their best.
Often, the higher price of wedding dresses causes brides to sideline other important bridal things. For example, hairstyle, footwear, handbags etc., compliment the bridal look, but these are generally overshadowed by the wedding dress. It would be wise if money is properly apportioned for accessories and wedding dress in a planned manner.

Going For Cheap Wedding Gowns

Whichever fashion you choose, the bridal dress consumes a large portion of the wedding budget. Usually all the designers applaud the uniqueness and exclusivity of their silk and satin dresses. However, you feel frustrated when you see the designer collection with a heavy price tag attached.

Don’t be! Various shops and stores offer sale of their prized collection around the year. Some stores even offer more than 50% reduction on Boxing Day. This can be a good opportunity for brides-to-be or their families and friends to shop for the cheap wedding dresses. Boxing Day is ideal for shoppers and it results in buying sprees so it is wise if your friends accompany you to the shops.

Some websites on internet also offer good deals by allowing you to visit their picture gallery. You can check the availability of various sizes and buy cheap wedding dresses here. Asking your friends and relatives to let you use their wedding dresses for your wedding day is not a bad idea too. Second hand wedding dress shops can also be a wonderful option for those who don’t believe in spending big money just for a single dress. Most people buy or sell their wedding gowns at these shops.

Some stores also offer this kind of service on internet. If you are convinced about buying a second-hand wedding dress eBay can also be an option however, you need to be alert while shopping as the product displayed might be different from the one, available for sale.

Everyone knows that designer wedding dresses can make a big hole in the pocket. Although, a wedding dress is a valued possession but spending a large chunk of your resources on a wedding dress that would be worn for a single day often doesn’t go well with everybody. However, it is up to you whether you want to go for designer wedding dresses or buy cheap wedding dresses/gowns.

Search Of Gorgeous Wedding Dresses

Your big day is round the corner and you are still wondering where to get the stunning wedding dresses from? Wedding day is the most special day in everyone’s life. Because of its importance, bridal dresses gain a lot of attention from the would-be spouse and all the guests. But finding that gorgeous dress is a Herculean task!

Like every bride, you would want to look the most beautiful on your wedding day. Maybe you have been dreaming about a dress too. Yes, it is tough to turn dreams into reality. Would-be brides always want that their bridal gowns should be custom-made. But such desires can be fulfilled only if you have enough time in hand to run to market for choosing fabrics, finding pricey designers, finalizing on designs and at the end alterations of wedding dresses.

Choosing A Wedding Gown

Confusion is often caused because of lack of information about clothes, as this is a designer’s territory. A wide variety of fabrics is available in various stores, but which one to choose is tough to answer. So many colors to choose from too! So it is wise to stick to traditional white gowns. Once you decide to go with white or a specific color, still there are many more important decisions to make. Which design and cut would be the best? Where will I find the best designer? These are just so many questions haunting a bride.

In fact delaying in choosing wedding dresses would leave you biting your nails. As bridal gowns are an important part of marriage ceremonies, many times choosing a wedding gown is the responsibility of relatives and friends of the would-be-bride.

Answer to all your doubts and queries regarding bridal dresses can be found on internet. You can visit these websites and have a look their picture gallery, compare their prices which gives you an opportunity to choose from the displayed gowns. These websites will give an idea about bridal jewelry, footwear, hair styles, tiaras, gloves, veils. Some of these websites have the alternative to choose whether you want to buy a worn wedding dress or you want to sell a wedding dress. But these websites and boutiques need some time to prepare custom-made dresses.

You could ask any of your friends and relatives who got married recently for suggestions. You also need to pay attention to the details whether they had a themed event or not. If it was a themed event like “beach” they might have opted for beach wedding dresses which might not be suitable for your wedding theme.

Wedding is a special moment in life and to make it more special everything should be planned beforehand to avoid last minute hassles. To be a dazzling and charming bride choose wedding dresses, jewelry, footwear, hairstyle that is ‘you’. For everything to be perfect and pleasant it should be well planned and totally unique.

History of the Wedding Dress Part 2

Prior to new medicine, a long and healthy life was not really that easy to attain, but other people attempted to make sure that they had outstanding chance for success by following superstition. Many superstitions grew over the years around weddings, to bring about the brides happiness in her new house and of course to guarantee her fertility. The colour of the wedding gown was believed fashionably to bring luck to the couple.

White, or a form of white, was, after all always the favourite and symbolised a woman’s virginity and virtue in the face of her imminent change of circumstances. White, though, was not always the favourite choice and was considered not practical for most purposes. Blue (worn by a bride in 1870, whose wedding dress is displayed in the London Museum), with its connection to the Virgin Mary, represented a robust image of purity, which, by tradition symbolised faithfulness and never-ending love (this gave rise to the reason that sapphires were used in engagement earrings). Brides, who wore blue at their wedding, believed that their husbands would be faithful to them, so even when the wedding dress was not blue, they would ensure that they wore something blue on their wedding day. This is where the tradition that has survived to present day, came from.

Another popular colour was pink; this was considered very appropriate for a May wedding. Pink flatters most complexions and is associated with the bride’s girlhood, but a few superstitions said it to be unlucky, as the quote state “Marry in pink and your fortunes will sink”! Mrs Joseph Nollekens was very much considered fashionable in 1772 in her saque gown made from brocaded white silk embellished with delicate crimson flowers. She also wore shoes made from the similar material, which had heels of three and a half inches (approx. 8cm). Deeper shades of red were unquestionably taboo by the Victorian era, with the reference to scarlet ladies and hussies.

One of the most unpopular shades was green. This was thought to be the colour of the fairies, and it was considered bad luck to call the attention of the little people to oneself through a time of change. Green was also linked with the lushness of verdant foliage and it was believed that it could cause rain to spoil the wedding day.

Reminiscent of the days of homemade clothing, any natural hue of brown or beige was once considered very bucolic. And the saying is “Marry in brown you will live out of town” and implied that you are going to be country bumpkin and that you would never be able to do well in the city.

The intense shades of yellow have varied in popularity. During the eighteenth century it was considered THE fashionable colour for a short time and many would wear it for their wedding day, like a bride of around 1774 whose wedding dress is in the Gallery of English Costume in Manchester. However prior to this time yellow had been related to heathens and non Christians and would not be worn in church as it was considered an unholy colour!

A very common colour wedding dress, for brides from lower class families, was grey, mainly because it was a very useful colour that could easily be re-used as Sunday best, being considered extremely well thought-of. Mary Brownfield chose grey twilled silk as suitable, as a maiden woman of 32 years at the time of her marriage in 1842. Grey was associated with women in domestic services during Victorian times, and they would frequently be supplied with a brand new gray dress once every 12 months by their employer. The deeper shade of gray or black was banned, as it was linked with mourning and of course death. As a matter of fact it was once seen as such a loathsome harbinger of bad luck, that in a few places even the wedding guests were not allowed to wear it. A recent widow would adjust her mourning dress for a red gown for the wedding day, to protect the bride. At the same time this deepened the aversion towards red, which was once considered as bridal mourning.

For the brides who were compelled by personal economics into wearing a dress which would soon become their every day wear, would embellish it for their wedding day with temporary decorations. In fact up until the nineteenth century, ribbons were tied into bows or “love knots” and loosely affixed to the wedding dress. “Bride Laces” as they were called would be pulled off by the wedding guests during the wedding reception, and would be kept as wedding ceremony favours, or souvenirs. This practice steadily died out and was replaced with flowers instead. Guests could be given floral button-holes to put on, and the bride may wear flowers in her hair either as a corsage or garlanded around her Wedding Dress, otherwise she can carry them as a bouquet. Myrtle and Rosemary were two of the early favourites. Orange blossom became fashionable in the 1830s. This practice has, in fact, remains to present day – Regardless of how simply dressed; many brides will have included a flower or two somewhere within their outfit! Charlotte Pennell married George Hill in 1910, when she was nearing 40 and never had any intention of wearing a “once only” dress. However she did embellish her fashionable attire with a posy of flowers in her hat and had a matching bouquet.

The “conventional” wedding attire as we now know it now first appeared in the latter part of the eighteenth century. With the beginning of mechanically made fabrics and inexpensive muslins being imported from India and with styles inspired by the classical world, by eighteen hundred a white wedding gown with a veil was fashionable choice. As was usual with fashion, it started in London and soon extended to other cities and eventually to the country villages. This new fashion was given the royal approval when Princess Charlotte wore this style of attire at her marriage to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg in 1816. Queen Victoria in 1840 selected Honiton lace and white silk for her wedding which made it the fashionable rule. Also setting new fashion, the Queen was to be one of the first royal brides to have had bridesmaids carry her train.

Even a bride in the nineteenth century, who decided to wear a white wedding dress, would have expected to wear her dress again. For the season of “bride visits” she would visit close family and friends and as a newly married woman, she would wear her wedding dress, with the decorative flowers and train removed. A more affluent bride might then modify the bodice of the outfit (frequently made independently) and re-trim it for evening attire or for any other occasion. Queen Victoria herself took off the lace overskirt from her dress and regularly used it again, she was to wear it over a black silk gown for her Diamond Jubilee festivities over 50 years later.

Up until the Nineteen Twenties wedding gowns were always in fashion, just more elaborately embellished than standard and maybe slightly more modest than the most daring fashion. During the 20’s however, there was a complete revolution in all women’s clothing, where skirt hemlines rose from just above the shoe to well above the knee. To begin with wedding dress styles followed and brides would show their ankles; however as skirts grew ever more shortened, it seemed that some felt that it was not suitable for services in church and most brides gave preference to full-length wedding dresses. This choice of either following the seasonal fashion or reverting to a full length wedding dress and train led to the devolvement of completely separate style during the twentieth century which would sometimes echo but more often diverge from mainstream fashion (like the Vionnet couture design of 1926).

This change was magnified by the interruption caused by the Second World War due to clothing being rationed, uniforms were everywhere, and light-heartedness was looked down on. At the end of the war, fashion returned and brides were evermore keen to wear long wedding dresses made from sumptuous fabrics for their wedding day. This trend took place irrespective of the growing popularity of casual wear, easy wear apparel and trousers for women. As fashion has developed into a more at ease and sporty attire, wedding fashions have deviated further, so much so, that although each decade’s brides can be easily distinguished through the fashion then in vogue, it is not because of the fact that that the fashion’s resemblance to typical fashion.

How to Wear Bridesmaid Dresses Again (Really!)

If there is one part of being in a wedding that is most dreaded, it is shelling out big bucks for a bridesmaid dress that you will never wear again. Yet nearly every bride assures her attendants that she has found a great dress at a great price and “you can wear it again”. Fat chance, you think! Ah, but with a bit of tweaking, the bridesmaid dress can in fact have a second life. So pull all those dresses from weddings past from the back of your closet, and learn how to wear bridesmaid dresses again.

One of the keys to re-purposing a bridesmaid dress is to accessorize it in a way that does not scream “wedding”. For instance, let’s say that you wore a cranberry silk dupioni floor length dress in your cousin’s wedding. With a matching wrap, custom bridesmaid jewelry in the wedding colors, and possibly even matching shoes, it is definitely a very traditional look for a member of the bridal party. However, taking that same dress as the base, wear your hair down and wavy, add a black fur wrap (real or faux), pop on same black crystal chandelier earrings, and wear a hot pair of black silk heels, and you will be ready to make a splash at a formal holiday party. Ta-da! It is a second life for that old bridesmaid dress!

For many women, long dresses are simply too formal to wear outside of a wedding processional. So another way to breathe new life into a dress from a past wedding is to have it shortened to knee length. That Grecian goddess chiffon dress you wore in a beach wedding last summer can become the most fabulous frock in your closet. In a shorter length, the altered dress will be much more versatile. Wear it to a cocktail party with a pair of strappy silk kitten heel shoes. Slip on a pair of beaded flats and a cropped cardigan for a first date. You could even wear it as a guest to another summer marriage.

Tailored styles have the potential to be worn for daytime, especially if the colors are fairly classic. A navy or black faille strapless dress to the knee can be worn with a little jacket and a pair of slingbacks to an office with a fairly traditional dress code. If your workplace is more relaxed, the same dress would look super cute and chic with a brightly colored cashmere cardigan and a pair of ballet flats with a print on them. Gold or silver jewelry will enhance the daytime look, especially chunkier pieces like silver or gold charm bracelets. Hoop earrings are also a great way to transition the former bridesmaid dress to a more everyday style, as opposed to the more formal crystal or pearl bridesmaid jewelry you wore the first time around.

If you are really lucky, you may even be able to talk a bride into choosing convertible wrap dresses for her bridesmaids. This is a great new trend: dresses which can be wrapped in numerous ways to create entirely different looks. Usually made in a versatile fabric like matte jersey, this is the ultimate in a bridesmaid dress that can be worn again. Tie it as a halter to go out to dinner while on a beach vacation. Wear it as a chic one shoulder style to a gallery opening. With wide straps over the shoulders and a pretty hat, it would be darling for a bridal shower in a garden. Whoever thought of this dress design is a genius!

Then there are those bridesmaid dresses which are beyond hope. They are the ones in hideous colors, cheap shiny fabrics, or dreadfully outdated cuts. There is, however, one way to find a new use for the worst examples of wedding fashion: costume party. Just be sure that the bride who picked the dog of a dress will not be attending the same party!