I've only been a bridesmaid twice now, but both times I tried to be conscious about picking a bridesmaid dress I could wear again. I hate, hate, HATE the idea of women feeling pressured to spend $150 on some poly-blend, unflattering dress in a weird color every time they get picked to be a maid. It's a waste of money, it's a huge bummer on the wedding day when you don't feel like yourself, and you know those things are going straight in the trash as soon as the wedding is over. So, waste + waste + waste. Not great.
That being said, If you follow me on instagram, you've probably been seeing me post + post + post some more about my best friend's wedding a couple of weeks back. It was an incredible day, and I got to wear the coolest outfit - the Cleo top and Louise skirt from BHLDN. I was obsessed with it the minute I ordered it, and I've already worn both the top and the skirt again. You CAN re-wear your maids dresses, I swear!! It can be done!! Even if you get stuck with one you don't adore, there is a fool-proof trick to wearing a long-skirted dresses again in real life - here it is!
Optional (but highly recommended) Step One:
Have the chillest, loveliest family and friends, so when they get married they are cool AF and will let you choose whatever you want to wear in their weddings.
After the wedding, find a snuggly oversized sweater in the depths of your closet, preferably in navy, grey, ivory, or black.
Grab a beloved necklace, of any length or style. It's best if it's something with meaning or sentiment - something that makes you smile every time you look at it.
A tiny bit of eyeliner, a small blot of blush.
A sweet flat or impeccable pair of sandals on your feet.
Throw it all on, and channel your best Ballerina-Off-Duty (a term coined by the ever-cool Lauren of 50 Ways To Wear fame).
The secret to this sauce is the oversized sweater - if it's big enough, it'll cover any poofy sleeve, odd bodice, or ill-fitting waistband you can imagine. And if the dress is too long? You can pin it up and hide the pins under the sweater! (I rolled this skirt up 3 or 4 times since I was wearing flats with it, and it had been originally hemmed with a heel.)
Go forth & re-wear that dress! You can do it!!