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15 Bridesmaid Dresses We Swear Can Be Worn Again
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Being asked to be a bridesmaid is a huge honor. Of course you are happy to stand beside the bride on her big day, but buying a bridesmaid dress isn’t every best friend’s favorite splurge. Historically, the wearer isn’t selecting the dress, and it’s often a one-style-fits-all (but not really!) situation. Someone usually ends up in an unflattering frock that’ll collect dust forever more in her closet, never to see the light of day.
The good news is bridesmaid dress trends are changing. Nowadays, a bride will often allow her attendants to pick their own gowns and just ask that they stick with a certain color or theme. We’ve assembled a list of the best dresses that can be worn as bridesmaids gowns, but can easily be worn again for another festive occasion. These options from Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and more suit every body type, season and sense of style. So get excited! After all, it’s about time the bridesmaid dress got a little love. Perhaps even for more than just one night.
How to Select a Bridesmaid Dress You Can Wear Again
It might be helpful to ask friends about what other events they have on the horizon if you want to pick a bridesmaid dress they can wear again. Formal gowns are usually appropriate for fancy holiday parties and galas, as well as a wedding. Going with a classic silhouette will ensure your friends always pull the dress out again on for a party or event. You just want to avoid any dress that screams “bridesmaid!” So yeah, try to steer clear of the puffy sleeves and layer upon layer of chiffon.
What to Look for in a Bridesmaid Dress You Can Wear Again
We tried to respect budgets of all sizes in our roundup. With that in mind, you’ll find bridesmaid dresses that can be worn again in the $20 to $300 range. Just keep in mind if all goes according to plan (insert evil laugh here), your gals will sport this dress more than once, so it may be OK to spend a bit more.
The shade of the bridesmaid dress is up to the bride in most cases. She may take seasonality into account in making her selection, or maybe she’ll select her favorite color. There’s typically only one hard and fast rule when it comes to the color of a bridesmaid dress: no white! If you hope your bridesmaids will wear the dress again, black is always a safe bet.
From printed, fanciful frocks, to the classic LBD (little black dress) and wow-factor ballgowns, you are sure to fall in love with at least one bridesmaid dress style on our reboot-able roundup.
If the bride is allowing her bridesmaids to pick their own dresses, they should still make sure to get her stamp of approval. Ideally, both the bride and the bridesmaids are happy with the look. After all, it’s her wedding vision even if (in most cases) the bridesmaids are the ones paying for the frock.
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