The Best Five Ways to Reuse Your Bridesmaid Dress
“The best thing about this bridesmaid dress – you can shorten it and wear it again!” said almost every bride ever. Though I think 99% of bridesmaids would disagree. Most of the time you don’t get lucky enough to reuse your bridesmaid dress for any other occasion.
Don’t blame the bride! It’s hard to get everyone to like the same dress and have it match your vision. Whatever you do though, don’t be like Jane in 27 Dresses. Those two or three (or 27!) dresses will take up precious closet space. You spent money on this dress, so be creative in the way you reuse it. I recommend following this mantra: reuse, repurpose, recycle!
Reuse your bridesmaid dress
If you are fortunate enough to like the dress you had to wear, reuse it. That is the simplest way to get more life out of it. Here is some proof it is possible to reuse your bridesmaid dress.
When my best friend got married her colors included black. I got my dress at Banana Republic and was able to wear it again since it is business professional. That same best friend reused the bridesmaid dress she wore at my wedding for a baby shower!
Although I’m biased, I think my sisters found the best way to reuse their dresses. We are all Disney College Program alumni and they wore their dress to a homecoming event. It was a semi-formal for past cast members to reconnect. No better way to meet Mickey than in your finest bridesmaid dress!
Shorten it or cut the top off
Feeling like you can’t reuse your bridesmaid dress as is? Shorten it and rewear it again! Some bridesmaid dresses actually look really cute this way. Or maybe go the other way around and have it turned into a skirt.
Don’t love the dress but want to keep it for sentimental reasons? There is tons of fabric there to make some awesome stuff! Maybe consider making an awesome pillowcase, a child’s costume, or even a handbag.
Depending on the style, you could save it to use again as part of your Halloween costume. Or maybe a New Years Eve party? Themed events are a great way to repurpose and reuse your bridesmaid dress.
If the dress is not “your color,” consider dying it a different color! RIT makes a great fabric dye for synthetic and delicate fabrics. I actually did this with a dress I wore to my bachelorette party as a bride. It was a white dress that I wore out in Atlantic City. I then dyed it a pretty shade of powder blue and wore it again on my honeymoon.
If it’s really not your style, consider donating it to an awesome place like Becca’s Closet. When donating to programs like these, you help send girls to prom! There are tons of websites out there where you can donate your used dresses and help support awesome causes. Just google “donate used dresses” and pick the one that you feel a connection to.
What do you think of these ways to reuse your bridesmaid dress? Anything we missed? Share with us in the comments.