No Stress Dress: Outfit, 1.01.15.

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Boiled wool coat, Ann Taylor. | Tuxedo wrap dress, J. Crew. | Bowtie necklace, J. Crew Factory. | Bracelet, J. Crew. | Pocket square,  borrowed from BF | DIY painted leather clutch. | Dark gold heels, Kate Spade.

Happy New Year! Just a quick post to share what I wore to a friend’s dinner party on New Year’s eve. At midnight, we went up to his roof top for a celebratory champagne toast and to watch fireworks being displayed in different areas of Philadelphia. It was an amazing view, but it was freezing! Clearly, I had dressed up intending to stay indoors all night so I ran back inside pretty quickly. All in all, it was a great time– so much so that I ended up losing my phone at some time during the night!

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I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday. Wishing you all good things in the new year!

– j.

A Comprehensive Guide to Rewearing a Bridesmaid’s Dress.

My most recent bridesmaids dress: J. Crew Heidi long dress in silk chiffon. Photo from friend.

My most recent bridesmaid’s dress: J. Crew Heidi long dress in silk chiffon. Photo from friend.

“…And the best part is, you can rewear it!” If you’re like me, you’ve heard a bride say these words to you far too many times. Each time, you believe her, and each time, you get burned.

Don’t get me wrong– the bride usually means well and earnestly believes this about the dresses she picks out for her bridesmaids. I don’t hold this misstatement against her. In my experience (always the bridesmaid, mind you), the selection of a bridesmaid’s dress is not a process that any bride takes lightly. There are so many issues to consider and, in some cases, many factions to appease: the color and style of the dress needs to complement the wedding theme and decor; the dress design needs to flatter the figures of most (if not all) of the bridal party; most importantly, the dress can not, under any circumstances, upstage the bride’s own fabulous gown. (Full disclosure: I am that person who can binge watch Say Yes to the Dress and Bridezillas all weekend. I know what’s up.)

I’m at that stage in my life right now where many of my friends are getting married and starting families. For me, it’s a treat to be able to attend their special days and an honor to be a part of their wedding ceremonies. But it’s also stressful occasion for almost everyone involved. Many brides have a lot on their plate, so I completely understand if the versatility of the bridesmaid’s dress (i.e., its “rewearability” post-wedding) falls low on their list of priorities. In my view, a bride’s mindfulness towards her entourage’s preferences– and their various financial constraints–  is always appreciated, but not necessarily expected.

Over ten weddings and four bridesmaid’s dresses later, I still cling to the hope that the notorious reputation these garments have garnered is unfounded. I really can rewear these dresses again… can’t I? Honestly, I’ve never attempted it, so I really don’t know. But hey– it’s worth a try.

After a bit of research, I’ve compiled a review of different ways that bridesmaid’s dresses can (supposedly) be reused after The Big Day. To evaluate proof of concept, I use a dress from my own closet, which I wore in a recent summer wedding. I’d be interested in hearing about others’ experiences with repurposing their dresses in order to make this guide more comprehensive and useful to all current and former bridesmaids!

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