Bridesmaid Dresses That Are Actually Re-Wearable… For Real

Bad bridesmaid dresses don’t have to be a necessary evil – unless, of course, you want them to be.

Wear again bridesmaids dresses


I have a long, strapless chiffon bridesmaid dress in my closet that really is quite beautiful, but it’s clearly a bridesmaid dress, and I don’t know if I could ever wear it without others making the connection as soon as they lay eyes on it.  I also have a short chiffon bridesmaid dress – one that damn near everybody else who has been a bridesmaid also has in their closet – from David’s Bridal.  Sadly, it’s very unlikely that these dresses will ever see the light of day again.  Why has it been acceptable to limit the bridesmaid dress to a one-time use?

Traditionally, the answer to that question points right back at the bride.  Do brides intentionally choose bad dresses for bridesmaids so that they will not outshine the bride? Is this really a thing?  Apparently it at least used to be a thing, and the wedding industry responded by adapting, and intentionally creating ugly bridesmaid dresses.  Thankfully, as recently as 2013, wedding industry experts began seeing more of a mix-and-match style emerging for bridesmaids, allowing each to pick out the dress that is most appealing to them.  Retailers like Modcloth are offering some really great options for reasonable prices, and you cannot even tell that they are bridesmaid dresses!


Re-wear a bridesmaid dress


In reality, not all dresses look good on all body types, but that doesn’t excuse terrible teal taffeta, or worse- camo.  In researching for this article, I found a really great collection of ugly bridesmaid dresses at, who names itself the Archive of the World’s Ugliest dresses.  It turns out that it is a fun way to pass some time… maybe too much time?

Check out the latest bridesmaid dress collection from Modcloth, to see the dresses that can actually be re-worn… no, really!  Modcloth has several bridesmaid dresses on sale right now, and they offer a wide range of sizes.  (contains affiliate links – thanks for supporting this blog)


Modcloth Bridesmaid dress green Epilogue
Exquisite Epilogue Maxi Dress in Clover


Make Way For Winsome
Make Way For Winsome Lace Dress


Terrace Time Out
Terrace Time-Out Maxi Dress in Navy


Brave New Whirl
Brave New Whirl Dress in Jade


Couth and Charisma
Couth and Charisma Midi Dress in Lilac


Convivial Connection
Convivial Connection Midi Dress in Mist


With only a wink
With Only a Wink A-Line Dress in Navy


Peachy Queen
Peachy Queen Maxi Dress in Pear


Exquisite Elegance
Exquisite Elegance Lace Dress in Lavender


Fleurs Truly
Fleurs Truly Fit and Flare in Petal


All I Ever Flaunted
All I Ever Flaunted Lace Dress in Mist


Let’s re-shape the idea that bridesmaids must wear the ugly bridesmaid uniform!  I’ve also got a coupon for 20% off of your order at



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