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15 Bridesmaid Dresses We Swear Can Be Worn Again

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

 

Tips:

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

 

Cost:

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.

 

 

Color:

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.

 

 

Style:

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.

 

 

Other Considerations:

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.

 

1 of 15 Image Credits: Macy's

Best Summer Rewear

Adrianna Papell Printed Ruched Chiffon Gown

Price: $229.00

This blush-colored, printed maxi dress barely even looks like a bridesmaid dress. But OMG, that flowy silhouette will be simply dreamy at a summer or beach wedding. We can see this whimsical floral frock pairing beautifully with bare feet and beachy tresses, coming down a sandy aisle. This Adrianna Pappell design, which features a ruched bodice and tiered skirt, can be worn again with sandals for a future garden party or summer cocktails. Don the dress with heels to a graduation or when you’re a wedding guest instead of an attendant.

Specifications:
Sweetheart neckline
Spaghetti straps
Lined.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Beautiful and it fit so nicely and comfortably while dancing. I got so many compliments.”

2 of 15 Image Credits: Macy's

Best New Year's Eve Rewear

Adrianna Papell Sequined Blouson Gown

Price: $179.00

Drink in this deep wine-hued gown that sparkles with sequins and screams, “fun!” The blouson silhouette is universally flattering for most body types, and it would look especially festive at a winter wedding, not to mention that it could transition nicely into New Year’s Eve when paired with a slightly smokier eye and dramatic lip. We love the holiday vibe this cranberry gown gives off, and we can imagine the sparkle the sequins will showcase both on the dance floor at the wedding, as well as during the ball drop next year.

Specifications:
Hidden back zipper
Floor length
Lined
Also available in nude.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Very elegant and sexy. It is sparkly, a good fit, and I love it.”

3 of 15 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best Winter Rewear

Dessy Collection Embellished Belt Strapless Velvet Gown

Price: $270.00

Oh la la! This luxe velvet, strapless gown is giving us major holiday vibes. How sumptuous would the Dessy Collection design - which features a removable, embellished belt - look coming down the aisle of a winter wedding? Maybe you’re holding a bouquet of white roses, twigs, and berries? Just sayin’. After you make jaws drop at the nuptials, rewear the party-ready gown for a holiday soiree, another wedding, or a bar mitzvah. Perhaps with red heels for a pop of color.

Specifications:
A-line
Strapless
Lined
Removable sash.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Gorgeous dress! I bought this online after reading the glowing 5-star reviews. This dress is stunning in quality with a beautiful velvet feel with the perfect fit. The accent on the belt adds the perfect touch. This is my favorite dress in my closet. So elegant and beautiful!”

4 of 15 Image Credits: Dillard's

Best LBD

Dress the Population Bailey Off-the-Shoulder Midi Sheath

Price: $198.00

You cannot go wrong with a little black dress. And we love this one because it's simple and timeless, yet features fun details like an off-the-shoulder sweetheart neckline, and cap sleeves. The midi length makes this LBD perfect for a wedding in any season. Pair with black strappy sandals for a winter affair, and nude sandals for summer. Yup, this is one bridesmaid dress that can be worn again and again for parties, weddings, or even a hot date! You can dress it up with pearls, or dress it down with statement jewelry. What a find! We are totally buying one, too.

Specifications:
Back zipper closure
Machine wash.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Loved this dress! It fits like a glove and holds you just in the right spots, and is very glamorous.”

5 of 15 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Nordstrom Customer Favorite Dress

Lulus V-Neck Trumpet Gown

Price: $84.00

When a dress has over 70 near-perfect reviews, we sit up and pay attention. Women everywhere are raving about the flattering fit of this body-hugging, trumpet-skirted dress with spaghetti straps. Since the gown is available in black, you can obviously rock it as a bridesmaid, and then again for a future event. Just accessorize accordingly, and you’ll never run out of ways to wear it. In fact, reviewers say the V-neck frock is formal enough for a black tie affair, but we can totally see it working for a summer party with sandals.

Specifications:
Adjustable straps
Fitted waist
Lined.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This dress is amazing! The color and fit were beautiful and very flattering. Just sexy enough for a fall/winter formal event while still being totally comfortable. I got tons of compliments both in person and online when the pictures from the event were posted.”

6 of 15 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best Beach Wedding Rewear

Shona Joy Luxe Frill Tulip Hem Maxi Dress

Price: $295.00

This easy-breezy and beautiful dress will make you look like a Grecian goddess at a beach wedding. We love the rose hue for a seaside ceremony FYI, but the Shona Joy also comes in vibrant emerald and sultry sapphire, among other hues to satisfy any bride’s tastes. Reviewers adore the flattering fit of the sarong-inspired tulip skirt and flowing top, and they rave that the material feels luxe against their skin. Get ready to drink up the compliments at the wedding, and then again when you sport this gown on your next vacation.

Specifications:
Spaghetti straps
Lined bodice
Polyester.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I wore this dress to a wedding and received many compliments. I had it altered on the bottom as it was a little long for me. Fits true to size.”

7 of 15 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best Ballgown

Alfred Sung Strapless High/Low Satin Dress

Price: $242.00

OK, one word: pockets! Yes, this satin Alfred Sung ballgown has pockets! So we are already in love, but consider that the gown, which comes in eye-catching hues like burgundy and emerald, also features a pleated, high-low skirt, belted waist and fitted bodice. Can you say flattering? Available in plus sizes as well, we can see this formal gown being a show-stopping bridesmaid dress at a black tie wedding and then coming in handy again for a future gala.

Specifications:
Runs small
Strapless sweetheart neckline
Lined.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It's a very beautiful dress, as it's simple but yet very elegant. Get one size larger to fit.”

8 of 15 Image Credits: Amazon

Best Rewear Under $100

High-Neck Long Mesh Dress with Keyhole

Price: $60.00

Available in colors like apple, ice blue, spa, and petal, this simple-silhouetted dress is like a blank canvas upon which you can build any look. Featuring a long, mesh skirt that drapes like a dream, and a sweet, keyhole detail in the front and back at the neckline, the price-conscious David’s Bridal find is flattering, timeless, and would work for any season with the right styling. Then, rewear the dance floor-friendly frock for another wedding, or to your next holiday party.

Specifications:
Lined
Plus sizes available.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Simple, elegant, and a very beautiful dress! It runs true to size but it’s a little long. I am 5'8" and approximately 170 pounds. I am between a size 12 and 14, so I went with the 14 and will have to have the top taken in slightly and the hem shortened. The dress is comfortable and would look nice on a variety of women of different sizes! Very happy with my purchase!”

9 of 15 Image Credits: Amazon

Best Junior Bridesmaid Option

Cap Sleeve Lace and Mesh Short Dress

Price: $90.00

A junior bridesmaid will look grown up, yet age-appropriate in this sweet, lace-top, cap-sleeve short dress from David’s Bridal. The well-reviewed frock is available in dozens of colors, from sienna to steel blue, so it will work for literally any season or style. We love the mesh skirt, belted waist, and illusion neckline. The junior bridesmaid will adore how twirly the skirt is. And now, there’s no need to shop for a dress for the school dance or holiday party. Score!

Specifications:
Fully lined
Polyester.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This dress is pretty in person - especially the back. It coordinates with a couple of the adult styles which is nice. It ran large for my daughter. She is 11 but wears a size 10 in most brands. The size 8 fit perfectly in this dress.”

10 of 15 Image Credits: Dillard's

Best Plus-Size Option

Adrianna Papell Beaded Blouson 3/4 Sleeve Gown

Price: $260.00

If you’re looking to rewear a bridesmaid dress, you’ll need one that doesn’t scream “this is a bridesmaid dress!" This plus-size option fits that bill. We are obsessed with the deep navy color, and incidentally, navy is very on-trend for weddings right now. The beautiful, modern-looking beading is what sets this gown apart from your typical attendant dress. The draping on this look is uber-flattering, as is the blouson top. The sheer long sleeve is a perfect finishing touch. This choice will fare well for a fall wedding, and then again for a holiday gathering.

Specifications:
Boat neckline
Back zipper closure.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I originally bought this dress but without sleeves... I’m always self-conscious about my upper arms, so I was surprised and delighted to see the dress with sleeves! Now it’s perfect!”

11 of 15 Image Credits: Bloomingdale's

Top-Rated Dress

AQUA Off-the-Shoulder Gown

Price: $228.00

If a sultry head-turning bridesmaid dress is your scene, this off-the-shoulder gown that features a slit to show some leg will not disappoint. We love the geometric cap sleeve detail and how the fabric offers a little stretch in the right places so it fits and flatters. Plus, how amazing is it that the dress includes built-in bra cups? So thoughtful, AQUA! We truly appreciate it. Meanwhile, since the wow-factor frock comes in black and red, it’ll be perfect for a Christmas party post-wedding. The only downside is that no one will forget you in this dress, so let's just hope there isn’t too much guest list overlap.

Specifications:
Tailored bodice
Floor length.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I really loved this dress. It was exactly what I was looking for and fit very well. I received lots of compliments.”

12 of 15 Image Credits: Bloomingdale's

Best Petite Option

Ralph Lauren Lace Short Dress

Price: $165.00

We call this the LND, AKA the little navy dress. For a petite attendant, it may just be the perfect bridesmaid dress and later, cocktail dress. We love the modern shape of the lace bodice with feminine, ruffled cap sleeves. The skirt has some stretch to it so you’ll be comfortable. Yay! We can see the dress being a good fit for a casual wedding, since the skirt hits at the knee. Just dress it up with heels and jewelry, and get ready to celebrate the new couple (and the fact that you can pull this frock out of your closet for any party or function in the future).

Specifications:
Round neckline
A-line silhouette
Lined.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I needed a dress for an afternoon wedding at end of September and this was perfect. There is a little stretch in the lace top and I love the full skirt. I had also ordered a little black dress but fell in love with this one.”

13 of 15 Image Credits: Amazon

Best Sequin Option

MissShow Glitter Rose Gold Evening Gown

Price: $70.00See Reviews

Bridesmaids, meet the universally-flattering party dress that has close to 300 glowing reviews on Amazon. Dozens of women say this floor-length stretch satin and sequin gown looks great on, and they have the pictures to prove it. We love the scoop back and mermaid silhouette, and can totally see the dress being a great fit for a black tie wedding, especially around the holidays. Then, re-wear the gold, glittering gown to a wedding, or night out on the town. Just don’t forget strappy sandals and red lipstick!

Specifications:
Lined
Cap sleeves.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The dress fit me perfectly without alterations or undergarments (had planned on possibly wearing Spanx but won't need to).”

14 of 15 Image Credits: Etsy

Best Separates

Stylish Bride Accs Silk Cami and Floor-Length Tulle Skirt

Price: $72.00

Whimsical, fanciful, even fairylike. If these words describe the bride’s vision for her bridesmaids, she’ll fall in love with these separates sold on Etsy. The gorgeous, tutu-inspired tulle skirt is a dream, cascading to the floor and making the wearer look as though she’s floating on a cloud. The silk camisole top is light, pretty and feminine. All you need to add is a flower crown, and you are photo ready for a rustic theme or beach wedding. Then, rewear this dreamy duo for a party or night out on the town.

Specifications:
Color, waist size, and length customizable
Lined.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I can’t describe how happy I am with my order. Everything is perfect and exactly how I pictured it.”

15 of 15 Image Credits: Walmart

Best Walmart Gown

Sexy Dance Deep V-Back Maxi Dress

Price: $21.00

Customers love this body-fitting maxi dress sold at Walmart. The price is unbeatable, but what you get is ever better. This deep V-back gown flatters many different body types with its illusion high neckline and beautiful lace fabric. A color-coordinating sash is the perfect finishing touch. Wear this dress again for another wedding, or remove the sash to make the look more casual.

Specifications:
Removable sash
Sleeveless
Floor length.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I wore this dress at a wedding and felt absolutely beautiful in it! It's soft and comfortable and does not wrinkle. You will not be disappointed with this dress, and the price is just as amazing! This dress will make you feel elegant, classy and sophisticated. The best part is this dress will flatter many body types!”