I Wore An Old Bridesmaid Dress To Work

I’ve only been a bridesmaid once in my life. Thankfully, the dress wasn’t bad: a lilac cocktail-length number with a light tulle underlay, it was pretty. To be honest, it was much better than what I had my poor bridesmaids wear at my wedding: purple column dresses in satin that were less-than-flattering (of course, at the time I thought they were beautiful). When we started talking about the fate of these once-worn dresses here at HuffPost Style, we decided to challenge ourselves and figure out how to give these expensive frocks a second life.Like wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses are pricey — I’ve spent upwards of $300. Sadly, these dresses often suffer the same fate as a wedding gown: they are worn once and then discarded. Very wise people have started programs where these barely-worn frocks can be donated to girls who need them. But if you haven’t gotten around to donating your dress and have an inkling of hope that maybe, just maybe, you’ll wear it again (I swore to my bridesmaids that the dresses I had chosen were versatile, though I don’t know on what planet lilac satin floor-length gowns could ever be versatile), we are here to help.

I’ve only been a bridesmaid once in my life. Thankfully, the dress wasn’t bad: a lilac cocktail-length number with a light tulle underlay, it was pretty. To be honest, it was much better than what I had my poor bridesmaids wear at my cheap prom dresses 2012 : purple column dresses in satin that were less-than-flattering (of course, at the time I thought they were beautiful). When we started talking about the fate of these once-worn dresses here at HuffPost Style, we decided to challenge ourselves and figure out how to give these expensive frocks a second life.

Like wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses are pricey — I’ve spent upwards of $300. Sadly, these dresses often suffer the same fate as a wedding gown: they are worn once and then discarded. Very wise people have started programs where these barely-worn frocks can be donated to girls who need them. But if you haven’t gotten around to donating your dress and have an inkling of hope that maybe, just maybe, you’ll wear it again (I swore to my bridesmaids that the cheap wedding dresses in phoenix az I had chosen were versatile, though I don’t know on what planet lilac satin floor-length gowns could ever be versatile), we are here to help.

We put out the call to our staff here at The Huffington Post to bring in their old bridesmaid gowns so we could repurpose them. Ellie Krupnick, our Associate Style Editor, brought in one of the most challenging ensembles. Her outfit, from her cousin’s 2006 wedding, is a modest two-piece violet jacket-and-skirt combo made out of something resembling raw silk. She giggled when she handed it to me and said, ‘Good luck.’

I’m not one to back down to a challenge, so I decided to put my styling chops to the test and make it work. I didn’t know how, but somehow I would make it look cute. I took it home and threw it on an ottoman (which it promptly slid off of due to the shiny, slippery fabric of the dress). There it sat, in its shiny glory, staring at me, daring me to wear it, for almost a month before one day, fed up with life in general, I decided to make it work. Besides, Ellie had promised me ice cream if I wore it to work, and my sweet tooth was throbbing.

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