Every bride wants to believe that her bridesmaids will love their dresses so much they’ll wear them again and again. However, as most women who’ve been bridesmaids know, the reality is an old bridesmaid dres gets pulled out of the wardrobe every now and again, only to be disregarded as “too bridesmaidy” to wear to another occasion.
However, we promise it can be done! Here are our top tips for choosing bridesmaid dresses that can be worn again and again.
Ask you maids to choose their own gowns
Your girls are more likely to re-wear dresses that they’ve picked. If you trust your maids to find a style that suits them and your wedding, why not ask them to take control – it’s one less thing to worry about!
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Consider mismatched dresses
You might find it tricky (read: impossible) to find one dress to suit all of your bridesmaids. Consider trying different gowns for each of your girls, maybe with a matching colour or style to tie them all together. You’ll be surprised by how good they look in photos.
Go for timeless shapes
Ignore trends and instead focus on what suits your maids best. Do they normally favour a strapless dress? Try that style first.
Step away from bridesmaidy colours
Bright purple and pastel pink are lovely for a wedding, but consider them in another setting and they immediately scream bridesmaid. Stick to neutral everyday shades or patterns, for dresses that can be worn again.
Make it all about the accessories
Rather than relying on the dress to do the talking choose a very plain dress for all your girls and pick a statement accessory to style up your bridesmaid dresses. Your girls can then style it as they wish in the future.
Everyone wants to find the perfect bridesmaid dress, but a skirt and top is often a much more affordable look that can be perfectly tailored to suit your day. Your bridesmaids will then be able to mix up the combos for lots of other occasions too – perfect!
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