During the inevitable, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” speeches of your twenties, the topic of repeat wearability will surface. “What I love about the bridesmaid dresses I picked are you can totally wear them again!” brides will squeal, as they pull fabric swatches from their purses or call up dress screenshots on their smartphones.
This is a lovely sentiment, indeed– because no one really wants to drop some serious coin on a dress they can never wear again. But is it possible? Can you actually wear a bridesmaid dress again?
Having the perfect formal occasion dress in your closet is a must– when you’re in your teens and early twenties, it’s about proms, homecomings, and maybe a Greek formal here and there. As you move into proper adulthood, those events become weddings, fancy New Year’s Eve parties, and the occasional dressy work event. Having a formal dress in your closet is super convenient and means you’re always ready for the next ribbon-wrapped invitation in the mail.
Right away, I loved the classic cut of this navy bridesmaid dress; a boat neck, cap sleeves, pockets, and an easy length. A deep v in the back meant showing a bit of skin, but not so much you need to shop for a special bra (praise). This particular navy had more midnight in it than most, with a touch of teal in certain lighting– all done up in heavy satin that held its shape. (No flimsy fabric here.)
To wear it the traditionally (ie, as part of a wedding party), I immediately pictured the dress with a topknot (to show off that great neckline) and statement earrings. Tights + black pumps to let the dress shine, with a neutral pink lip.
The result? A dress that works for both your friend’s wedding (as a maid or a guest), an anniversary dinner, or a dressy birthday celebration.
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Want to see how I wore this same navy number for something not quite as formal? Check back Thursday for round 2!
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*Sorella Vita sponsored this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.