Rock Your Bridesmaid Dress AGAIN: DIY Tips to Save that Costly Gown!

Posted Tuesday June 17, 2014 4:10 PM GMT

Help! It’s wedding season and your six closest BFFs are all getting married. Before you know it, the costs are going to start adding up and you'll want to quietly crawl into bed and cry over your empty wallet.

Now, we can't prevent the rising costs of bridesmaids gowns, but we CAN help you recycle the dress so we will get more than one day's use out of it. Instead of letting the dresses collect dust, transform them with our quick fixes below!

Shorten It
This is the most common response when asked how to recycle a bridesmaids dress, but it is true! Changing the length of the dress can totally change the look. Show off your hot, lean legs in a shorter, flirty dress! And if you want to save a few bucks, opt for iron-on adhesive hem from any local craft store and create your own shorter dress. If you're not the crafty type, head over to a local seamstress for a quick and easy hem!

Change the Neckline
This takes more work than shortening, but it can be done! We suggest heading to a seamstress, but it won't break the bank. For less than $50 you can get your neckline changed and have an entirely new dress. One suggestion - if the gown has a straight, strapless neckline, ask the seamstress to pinch the top to create a flirty sweetheart cut.

Make Sure the Bride Picks the Best Color
Neutral colors like black or taupe are far more likely to get a second, third or fourth wear! A darling short dress in black is the perfect LBD for any occasion!

Pick the Color - Not the Dress
This trend is very popular as bridesmaids dresses continue to inch up in price. The bride picks the color she wants, for example - blush pink, then she has the bridesmaids pick out their favorite dress style. This allows girls to find something in their budget and buy a dress that they will likely wear again.

How to Change the Ugliest of Dresses
Does the bride love pickups? Well even that dress has hope! Say you have a long dress with pickups; most times pickups are just tacked on and can be let out with one single snip. A simple fix is having a seamstress hem the dress, or you can use the iron-on hem, to create a fun, short gown for a summer soiree!

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