1 Bridesmaid’s Dress, 3 Ways (You CAN Wear It Again!)

If you've ever been a bridesmaid…or watched 27 Dresses… or attended a wedding, you know the stock phrase "and the best part is, you can totally wear the dress again!" Of course, this is in reference to the questionable bridesmaid's dress, and of course the outlook is less than optimistic. So we've come up with three easy ways to slip that costly little number into your everyday wardrobe, without sacrificing style. From the punked-up look to the work-appropriate ensemble, these outfit ideas prove that it doesn't matter if the invitation read "black tie optional" or "cocktail" cuz you can make that strapless, colorless frock appropriate for any occasion. But, like, really this time.
To Work
Wearing a cocktail dress of any kind to work is already a challenge. Add to that the fact that you've worn it down the aisle, and well, it makes it that much harder. But don't despair. Layering your favorite in-office pieces gives that tailored frock some serious edge. We suggest tying your favorite oxford on top, and finishing off the look with a pop-of-color blazer.

Gant Striped Button Down Sam Shirt, $170, available at Gant; Cedric Charlier Neon Orange One Button Blazer, $870, available at Stylebop; Commes Des Garçons Satchel Style Briefcase, $634.91, available at Farfetch; KORS Michael Kors, Abalena Double-Strap Pump, $265, available at Neiman Marcus; J.Crew Selma Dress in Silk Taffeta, prices range from $69.99 to $250, available at J.Crew.

Punked Up
When we think "bridesmaid dress" the last thing that comes to mind is spikes and stilettos. But flipping it and reversing it (as Missy Elliot would say) is sometimes the best way to give a tired garment new life. Punk up that dress with an edgy blazer, some sharp jewelry and killer shoes. They won't even know what hit 'em.

Nicholas Kirkwood Patent-Leather And Printed Silk-Twill Sandals, $1,295, available at Net-A-PorterModekungen Leather Vest, $230.72, available at Modekungen; Forever 21 Ombre Triangle Earrings, $4.80, available at Forever 21; Tinley Road Kiki Bag, $53.99, available at Piperlime; J.Crew Selma Dress in Silk Taffeta, prices range from $69.99 to $250, available at J.Crew.

To Drinks
We know, we know, dresses over pants is a fashion risk. But there's no better time to try a new look than with a garment you've spent tons on (and now don't know what to do with). We suggest keeping the tones all in the same family, and punching up the look with one bright accessory.
J Brand Women's J Brand Coated Jeans, $416.60, available at Jules B; BCBGMAXAZRIA Harlow Laser-Cut Envelope Clutch, $89.60, available at BCBGMAXAZRIA; B Brian Atwood Linscott Mesh-Inset Bootie, $450, available at Bergdorf Goodman;J.Crew Selma Dress in Silk Taffeta, prices range from $69.99 to $250, available at J.Crew.

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