Thursday, November 18, 2010

What Happens to Bridesmaid Dresses?

I've never been a bridesmaid so I don't know what it's like to have a closet full of unwanted, rumpled, depressed, frou-frou.
My frou-frou sees quite enough use thanks very much:).
But I do love discovering these usually hideous, but sometimes gorgeously hopeful, spinster-frocks.
I like to imagine this 1960s, green, shimmery, silk gown is one of those wee dears that tip-toed blushing down the isle, only later to be grabbed, tugged, wet-down with toxic fruit punch and lastly fumbled with in a sweaty knee-trembler outside the local church hall.
No such action for this frock last night at my daughter's end-of-year Celebration of Learning.
But no matter how much I style this frock, it always grabs centre-stage.
Maybe it's the frill, maybe it's the colour, or maybe its just saturated in good times.

 I love the beaded straps.

The first, fragrant frangipanis of summer.

What have you done with your bridesmaid dresses?


  1. I've never been a bridesmaid so have been spared such a collection of dresses. I love the colour of the dress and the straps are so pretty - I love all those rings and beads you've got on too!
    Your daughter must have been very proud of you at her celebration.

  2. I've never been a bridesmaid (or a bride, either). I think I'd have been tempted to accept if I could have worn a fab frock like that one. I thought you said that you didn't suit maxi dresses, well you do and you ROCK them. I adore the whole outfit and the jewellery is awesome as always! xxx

  3. I've never been a bridesmaid, though I've always wanted to. Luckily, my best friend (who will be getting engaged any day now) has fantastic taste. Hopefully that will translate to the bridesmaids dresses!

    P.S. - I finally posted about the award you gave me. Thanks again!

  4. your jewellery makes me feel envious!

  5. This is my favorite outfit you've ever posted. I love it. I used to wear prom dresses as everyday outfits just because I felt like it was stupid to have pretty things that you couldn't wear all the time!

  6. I love this outfit too--the green is particularly becoming on you~
    I've been a bridesmaid a million times and they tell you if you do this or that, you can wear the dress again. HA! Not true--I don't know what it is, but they forever reek of synthetic taffeta! cept yours course!

  7. I think I've been a bridesmaid twice...and I cannot remember what happened to the dresses I wore. Is this one of those fabrics that looks green one way and blue from a different angle?

  8. hahaha,sweaty knee trembler!!! Sounds like the voice of experience! Eeeep! I have,in fact,been a bridesmaid once.luckily,it was a sort of mediaeval theme,so it wasn't toooo bad! But I have since got rid of the damn thing!Ugh!I have been to some frigging ugly weddings,though,and seen some wretchedly hideous brides & bridesmaids.How freakin' miserable.Why on earth would you want to look like an alien?@!
    Anyhow,I'm a bit pissed,and I digress.
    You look divoooon in that frock,great colour and fabulously accessorised as usual!!
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx yeah,it took me a while to write this and keep fixing my drunken spelling.......rah rah

  9. That dress has a strong and wonderful colour but the model is sort of romantic, a very interesting combination. I love how you styled it.

    I have never been a bridesmaid and I got married in a black suit. I have worn that suit a lot since then, sometimes with shirt and tie.

  10. I was a flower girl once.
    I don't think the dress would still fit ;)
    too cool and your baubles are always so unique and interesting :)
    Thanks for all the wonderful comments.

  11. I think you have done a really good job by wearing it with a denim jacket.
    You are fantastic.
    I am so glad that your blog is back to work, and I can tell you so.
    Un abrazo fuerte my friend.

  12. I would love to read that article that you read on Mad Men in Vogue!! Dang, was it a long time ago?? So I just finished Season 3 and you were so right about the characters developing! WOW, I cannot believe it, but I have to say I think the show has definitely gotten even better over time!
    As for this dress, HOORAY! First I just love the dress esp bc of the color. I also LOVE putting jean jackets over formal dresses, it just takes it all down a notch but in a chic way of course!
    Does the dress have muted stripes too? Its lovely!


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  13. That is a lovely shade of green and you paired it perfectly with that jean jacket !
    I do not have a single bridesmaid dress, last time I was one, I was 16.... and I am totally clueless on that peach (yes peach!) dress' whereabouts.
    However I do remember wearing it for Christmas.

  14. YAY I hope you find it soon!! I cant wait to read it, I guess I could go look for it myself!! HAHA!
    Have a fab weekend yourself too!


  15. I've never been a bridesmaid so I don't have such dresses BUT how amazing you've made this one look! Paired with denim and so many accessories, you simply look divine and expensive and stylish at the same time ;)

  16. What a beautiful the straps...did you just change your blog again?
    Ive been trying to leave comments...Id load the page of the older version and it would CRASH my computer...EVERYtime....I tried at home and work...but this issues..I just didnt want you to think I forgot about you:)

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  17. I FINALLY posted the link to your blog this weekend...

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. how inspiring! i don't have a bridesmaid dress yet, but when I do, I'm rockin it just like that!


  19. that color is absolutely stunning on you! and i love your quirky chic styling. so you, so lovely!! you're a total hot mom!!!! =)

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  20. I could never imagine HOW bridesmaid dress could be converted into such a chic and a kind of boho look! you always create something interesting:)

  21. wow! this is a great way ro re-wear a bridesmaid dress, that shade of green looks great on you!

  22. I never been a bridesmaid but I did come out in My sister's and cousins Quinceañera (15th birthday) party. sorta like a sweet 16 party.
    My Mama kept them stored somewhere in the garage and they were exaggerating. I must now look for them to show you how over top we dress for our Mexi-parties.
    Your looking so youthful and glowing these days. What a great way to wear a bridesmaids frock.
    You inspirational gem.


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