How to Style a Bridesmaid Dress After the Wedding

by Anna Liesemeyer ; Updated October 17, 2017

After the nuptials, most bridesmaid dresses get shoved into the back of a closet, never to be worn again. It’s a shame because, chances are, you spent a pretty penny on a high-quality dress. But you can rework a bridesmaid dress for a less formal occasion.

Try pairing a knee-length bridesmaid dress with a moto leather jacket and booties. The edgy jacket tones down the formal look. You could also try a pullover sweater or crop top layer for a fun party outfit without looking overdressed. A full tulle skirt might even be pleading with you to pull it out of your closet for a dinner date.

When it comes to full-length gowns, you can be visually deceptive by tying a chambray or button-down shirt around your waist. This works especially well if the dress material is chiffon or sheer. This layering immediately creates a more laid-back ensemble that you can wear for numerous occasions. An alternative to a button-down would be pairing a loose-fitting crew tee and flats with your dress. No one has to know you are wearing a bridesmaid gown. It is all about how you present it!

Satin can get a little trickier to work with so you can try a sheer skirt overlay to change it up and tone down the formal fabric. Another option is to use the dress for holiday parties by pairing it with a cashmere sweater or sharp blazer.

Would you try wearing a bridesmaid dress for another occasion? We’d love to hear!

Photo credits: Gabe Liesemeyer

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Anna Liesemeyer is the lifestyle blogger behind In Honor of Design where she gives accessible style, home, travel and general lifestyle tips and advice. She is also the founder of The Brand Market workshops. She is usually juggling at least a few creative projects in between adventures with her kids. She currently resides in the Atlanta area.