Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bridesmaids Dresses That They Will Re-Wear (for real this time!)

Finding a dress that flatters all your friends and doesn't bust anyone's budget can be really difficult. I've been a bridesmaid 5 times and I've only reworn one of the dresses (once), because, let's be honest, 1) most dresses aren't work appopriate, 2) flattering (either in shape or color), and 3) have been photographed out the wazoo and posted for all the Facebook community to see (who wants to be seen at another event wearing the same thing?).

My approach to bridesmaids dresses is to find something at a main stream store (that they probably already shop at) so you can buy off the rack. J.Crew dresses have gotten really popular in recent years but they aren't carried in the store, so don't forget places like Banana Republic, Anthropologie, and Nordstrom. Some stores offer free in store alterations for credit card holders which will save your bridesmaids even more money (although, I wouldn't advise opening up a credit card account if you don't already have one....no matter which kidney those desperate sales girls offer you).

So ladies, check out this great deal from the Monogram Collection at Banana Republic that I spotted last week at the mall. I thought it was a bargain at $165 and is now on sale for $110! I would totally re-wear this dress!

This dress comes in 4 different colors and is made of 100% silk. By being so basic, your maids will have a bunch of options for re-wearing this dress in the future. You can change out the belt and throw a crisp, white jacket over it for work, use the belt for another dress, or wear the dress to future weddings by changing up the accessories. If you are going to re-wear it in the future, make sure to update the look by avoiding a belt altogether and concentrating on big statement pieces like chandelier earrings and a bag in a contrasting color. It might even be a nice idea to gift your maids with these accessories to help them re-wear this dress again!

There is also a very pretty strapless option, but please don't forget your more...ahem, boobilicious friends. Nobody wants an eyeful in church.