Friday, July 13, 2012

friday's fancies: wedding guest

My lovely sister got married almost 6 (!!!) years ago and chose me to be her MOH. Lucky for me and her other bridesmaids, the outfit she chose for us to wear, didn't completely suck (thanks sis!) 
(side note: seriously, how did people even plan weddings before Pinterest... no. thank. you!)
So today, I am linking up over on Long Distance Loving's Friday's Fancies theme of "Wedding Guest", but instead of showing you what to wear to a wedding, I am dealing out pointers of what to do with that bridesmaids get up after the ordeal is over!

Sarah's color was "Tiffany blue" and us bridesmaids wore top/skirt separates and some adorable bow heels. (how adorable is she! Such a youngin' back in 2006!)
FYI: I had just finished my summer job as a camp counselor/lifeguard and was SO tan!
Even though my MOH dress has hung in my closet without use for the last 6 years (moving with me through college, and then from Arkansas to Nashville), I recently looked at my ensemble in a new light. I have officially decided that this cute top (love that bow on the back) is the perfect topper with my skinnies jeans for a girls' night out. 
{What I Wore: Genetic Denim skinnies // My Michelle heels // David's Bridal Bridesmaid top // Hobo Clutch }

{Get the look}
Not so sure that the tea length skirt or lucite kitten heels are going to ever see the light of day again (sorry Sarah!), but since I'm a hoarder I'll be holding on to them for the time when those trends rear their ugly heads again nonetheless!
Have you given any of your bridesmaids dresses another life as acceptable real-world garb? Or are they new residents at your local Goodwill?
3 more weddings this year - bring it on! (I will be sure to share more of my wedding guest fashion and bridesmaid pointers in the months to come!)


  1. What a great idea!! That is a super cute girl's night out look! I have only been a bridesmaid once, and while I like the dress I wore, I haven't worn it since. It isn't too formal, so I could wear it to another wedding. 

    I hope you have a fantastic weekend!!

  2. pretty little thingsJuly 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

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  3. So cute and such a great idea! I love that you can still wear it today and the bow in the back is just the cutest!

    Rachel’s Lookbook 

  4. I LOVE that you're wearing the top to your bridesmaid ensemble, how creative! This makes me want to get creative with those old BM dresses in my closet! Anyway, I'm so glad I found your blog from the It List and Friday's Fancies, and now I'm glad to be following along! 

  5. Oh that top is so perfect for a night out!! I love that you styled it with jeans - so cute!! And you look gorgeous in these photos! xo V

  6. That is such a cute idea! It turned into an adorable top for a night out.

    I'm thinking of turning my wedding dress into a cocktail dress by shortening it and dying it a different color so I can wear it again. Just haven't gotten around to finding a seamstress though. Have a great weekend, Jessica!

    The Tiny Heart

  7. I planned my wedding before I knew of pinterest... I know, it's sad. But I'm thinking it was probably for the best, the last thing I needed was for all these extra ideas and ways for me to spend money, haha. :)

    Such a cute idea! I have a bunch of bridesmaids dresses sitting in my closet waiting for you to come over and give them new life! Have a great weekend!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee 

  8. I love this, what a great idea for turning something that's taking up space in your closet into something useful and fabulous. 

  9. This outfit is so pretty! I love how you transformed the top!



  10. I bet you could rework that skirt too! Paired with a t=shirt and some funky accessories. It might be cute! I love how you are reusing the top. I wasn't so lucky with my MOH dress. Sadly :(

  11. Oh, that is a great idea!! I might have to see what I can do with the bridesmaids dress I wore recently in my brother's wedding... You look so cute!

  12. Such a cute look! 
    I let my sister borrow one of my bridesmaids dresses to wear on 80s day at her high school, lol. The bad thing was the dress was from 2006! I made her swear a picture of her in the dress would not end up on facebook and offend my friend though, lol! My most recent dress is going to get dyed and used for the formal dinner when I take my next cruise, I think. 

  13. this is ADORABLE! i love it! i've worn some pretty terrible BM dresses... annnnnnnnd i've gotten rid of them all!

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  15. I wore a similar bridesmaid dress a few years ago.  I'll have to pull it out and see what I can do!

    Penniless Socialite

  16. That's a great look! I was just recently a bridesmaid for the first time and I'm not sure yet that I'll ever wear that dress again. But you never know!

  17. Love this!  When I first saw your title & first pic I thought, "is this girl really gonna tell us it's OK to wear skinnies & a tank to a wedding?!"  Haha..I should have known better.  I've never been a bridesmaid so I haven't had the "pleasure" of having to figure out what to do with an old bmaid dress.  I wonder if the skirt could be cut into something shorter & cuter?  I no NOTHING about sewing or altering clothes so don't take my word for it.

    Great skinnies BTW. :o)

  18. that is SOOOOO sweet!! I LOVE it and it looks so cute on you!  and I am so sad I got married before there was pinterest, although I probably saved myself SO much time!

  19. Nice re-do! The top really dresses up the denim. Have an amazing weekend!


  20. Adorable use of that top! :) great post.


  21.  That's a really cute top!  I can't believe it was from your Maid of Honor outfit!  You lucked out!  I love when items can be reused in a completely different way, way friendly on the wallet!


  22. Ha, I had no illusions that any of that could be worn again, but you look cute! The whole shebang was planned in under 3 months and we had to take the dresses David's Bridal could get us, because we had bridesmaids in 3 states who needed fittings. If I had to do it all over again, I'd have my girls wear the black cocktail dresses of their choosing.

  23. It is every bride's hope that her maids will have another use for their dresses.

    Mine may have to join the ballet to get use out of theirs.

  24. That top totally works for a girls night out! And I totally agree that some bridesmaids outfits can never be worn again. If/when I get married, I hope to give mine something they would be able to re-wear... thank God for Pinterest ;)

    xo, alison*elle

  25. Well I have held on to this puppy for over half a decade, so I am going to get some use out of it! I love remembering your little baby self getting married every time I see it in my closet! And yes, I am definitely impressed with y'all's wedding planning in such a small time period!

  26. Brilliant-looks super cute! One of my bridesmaids dresses was eggplant with lace fringe along the top...reminded me a little of 80's Dolly Parton style. Didn't keep that one or donate it lol! The others went to an organization in my town that donates to teens that can't afford prom dresses {love this}. Looking forward to your guest fashion tips!

  27. That is so great that you can still wear your MOH dress (or at least part of it)!



  28. We planned to go to the justice of the peace before Pinterest lol...You look cute! Love your shoes :)

  29. I'm very impressed that you were able to re-purpose a bridesmaid dress!!  I have one that I deemed the "cupcake" dress...although, I did get a halloween costume out of it!


  30. Thank you dear, I am headed over right now!

  31. Welcome Shea, I am so happy you found me :)

  32. Thank you dear, you are TOO sweet!

  33. haha - seriously, I "think" I can do everything I pin, and then I try, and about 5 minutes in give up and go buy the darn thing instead of DIYing it!

    You should definitely play around with tailoring some old bridesmaids dresses... you could totally rock it!

  34. Ooh - good call.. I will have to pull the skirt out and play dress up!

  35. haha - the whole bad bridesmaids dress culture is so funny to me, I'm happy to hear that yours got a second life as a 80's costume! Dyeing your dress sounds fun, I hope it turns out beautifully for your cruise!

  36. Now that is creative! Can't say how many bridesmaid dresses I had planned to recycle...and never did. Good for you! I see that you are from Nashville~I love your town! I was just there in June for the CMA Fest. New follower to your terrific blog! Hope you will stop over for a visit~Angie @www.swededreamer.blogspot.com

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