Were you a bridesmaid over the summer? Do you have a gorgeous freshly-laundered bridesmaid dress hanging in your wardrobe? Think you’ll probably never get a chance to wear it again? Think again! If you’ve recently been a bridesmaid at your best friend’s wedding and you loved the dress you wore but aren’t that much of a socialite that you need a gown for balls or award ceremonies, don’t worry. With a little ingenuity you can turn that beautiful dress into something you can wear anywhere.
Shorten that skirt
There’s no need to worry about being spotted out and about in a bridesmaid dress if you customise it in some way. In fact, you can turn it into something completely different with just a few snips and stitches. Many bridesmaid dresses have pretty satin tops that flow down into a long skirt. If the dress has long ruffles or waves of material simply cut the skirt off under a ruffle to shorten it. This makes a long gown into a much more wearable-on-the-weekends cocktail dress. Plus,you can use the extra material to make a shawl for chilly evenings out on the town.
Crop that top
A dress without without embellishments can be turned into a top; just don’t be afraid to take a pair of scissors to it. If it has mid-sleeves, cap sleeves, or a vest straps, simply cut away the skirt, them the bottom edge and wear it as top with jeans. You could add a shorter skirt in a coordinating colour to turn it back into a dress for nights out.
Wear that wedding dress again
Even a wedding dress can easily be turned into evening wear; just cut it down to knee-length to make it more wearable for special events. If the gown is an off-the-shoulder style, use some of the lace or ribbon embellishment to add a criss-cross back or cap sleeves with just a couple of stitches.
Dyeing to wear it
A long bridesmaid dress can be slit up one leg to create a glamorous red-carpet style gown. If your dress is a light or pastel colour, why not dye it in a darker hue – or go for classic black – with a fabric dye? Changing the colour could make it much more wearable, you just need to add heels and pearls and you’re ready for a night at the Oscars.
Let me know how you would customise a bridesmaid dress by leaving me a comment below. Needless to say buttons, brooches, scarves and some imagination can go a long way when you’re upcycling a dress. Have you already turned your special occasion gown into beautiful dress that you can wear almost anywhere? Let me know how you did it!
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