8 Ways to Wear Your Bridesmaid Dresses After the Wedding

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Weddings are one of the fun and exciting milestones you and your friends will experience together, which means that more likely than not, you’ll be standing in a few of them as a bridesmaid. However, once the weddings have passed, figuring out what to do with old bridesmaid dresses can be a trickier task than finding the dress.

When you’ve bought a dress specifically for an occasion, it can be tough to figure out how to wear it again (especially when it's fit to a very-specific theme). But, we hate to see something as beautiful as a bridesmaid dress only get worn once, especially when you've spent a significant amount on it.

You might not have formal occasions like weddings to wear these dresses on a regular basis, but you can wear your bridesmaid dresses again, all it takes is a little creativity. To help spark your inspiration, we took ideas from our favorite fashion girls on how to style formal dresses for more casual environments. Check them out now.

Wear It On Its Own

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Who says you can't wear the same dress twice? Wear your bridesmaid dress on its own for another formal occasion with some different accessories and you have a whole new look.

Wear this to anything from a wedding to a baby shower.

Available in sizes 14 to 24.

Layer a Shirt Underneath

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If you have a strapless dress on your hands, try wearing a t-shirt and or long-sleeve tee underneath for a more casual take. 

Wear this over a tee to dress it down.

Available in sizes UK 6 to UK 16.

You can't deny how beautiful this is.

Available in sizes 2 to 10.

Throw On a Jacket

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If you're looking for a quick and easy way to pare down your dress, a leather moto jacket will do just the trick while also adding an edge of cool.

A black slip dress will never go out of style.

Available in sizes XS to L.

This will be great for any occasion.

Available in sizes 2 to 10.

Wear Over a Button Down

Want to make your dress during the day? Try throwing it over a button-down blouse to make it more daytime appropriate.

Dress this up or down.

Available in sizes 10 to 18.

You'll want to wear this for any formal occasion.

Available in sizes IT 36 to IT 48.

Style with Pants

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When in doubt, style your dress with a pair of pants underneath. Go for a pair of white jeans if you want something more spring-ready.

How romantic is this print?

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

You'll definitely want to wear this after the wedding.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Shorten It

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27 Dresses may have had it right when they said "You can just shorten it," to wear your bridesmaid dress again. If you're feeling bold and want to give your dress an update, try raising the hem up.

We're obsessed with a deep V.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Wait until you see the back.

Available in sizes 00 to 12.

Play with Accessories

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Sometimes, an outfit can be made with the right accessories. Wear a bomber jacket and cool sunglasses to make your dress more casual.

Marigold is great for spring.

Available in sizes 2 to 8.

This is so pretty.

Available in sizes 14 to 24.

Wear Sneakers

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If you want to give a formal dress a more casual look without doing too much, style them with a pair of white sneakers to instantly update the vibe.

We love a good vintage inspired dress.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Lavender is a beautiful color for a bridesmaid dress.

Available in sizes 10 to 20.

With these ideas in hand, you'll be wearing your old bridesmaid dresses long after your friends get married.