Fatal Attraction: How To Repurpose Bridesmaid Dresses


Bridesmaid dresses are super adorable.   Well, that’s until you glance in your closet and realize that you’ve collected over five in the last three years.  To add, it really sucks to realize that you’ve spent thousands on several dresses that’s hanging out in the back of your closet collecting dust.

What do you do about that tea-length, fluffy dress with a taffeta finish?

In efforts of recycling clothing and saving money, I’m all about repurposing items until, literally, it has exhausted all of its purpose!

I shopped around for some amazing bridesmaid dresses and have come up with three clever ways to switch it up and wear it again!


When repurposing a dress, think about getting it altered by your local tailor into a skirt.  The dress above is a perfect example and would make an amazing midi skirt.  From there, you can add a sweater and statement accessories to complete the look.

Dress :: Nordstrom :: $168

Sweater :: Zara :: $50

Loafers :: Piperlime :: $195

Saint Laurent Clutch :: Mytheresa.com :: $1763

Matthew Williamson Necklace :: Net-A-Porter.com :: $825



Let’s focus on cover-ups!  This look doesn’t require alterations, but it does require you to use smart cover-up pieces.  A simple button-down shirt will work wonders over a dress like this. Instead of wearing it flat, think about tying it up.

Dress :: JCrew :: $365

Shirt :: Hollister :: $50

Loafers :: Nasty Gal :: $105

Cambridge Satchel :: Shopbop.com :: $165

Vince Camuto Necklace :: Shoe Box NY :: $148


This dress has so much purpose!  There’s really not much need to get it altered or cover it up.  Add a blazer and you’re good to go!  A blazer is a key staple for every woman’s closet.  Since it’s the fall, you can totally afford to add a pair of tights with a grunge boot.

Dress :: JC Penney :: $50

Oxford Blazer :: Target :: $35

Black Textured Tights :: Old Navy :: $15

Boots :: Aerpostale :: $79.50

Ring :: KarmaLoop :: $43

Earrings :: Zappos.com :: $20

Sunglasses :: KarmaLoop :: $69

Photo Credit:  Aeropostale, Hollister, Karmaloop, Nordstrom, Vince Camuto, Zara, Target, Shopbop, JC PEnney, Net A Porter, JCrew, Etsy

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