At last, bridesmaid dresses you really can wear again

  • By Cara Kelly The Washington Post
  • Friday, May 16, 2014 11:20am
  • Life

Brides have long told their closest friends and family a little white lie when asking them to be part of the bridal party.

“Don’t worry,” an infinity of women have uttered to their bridesmaids, “you’ll be able to wear the dress again.”

In truth, most women of a certain age have yards of pastel chiffon shoved into the far corners of their closets, never to be seen again.

Thankfully, designers have begun shifting the aesthetic of bridesmaid dresses to more closely mirror ready-to-wear pieces, said Julia Lichtman Kepniss of Hitched bridal salon in Washington, D.C.

Neutral shades like charcoal, black and tan are pushing out the lilac and cornflower. Choices in fabrics have expanded past the crinkled chiffon and silk satins that dominated the past decade. Lace, tulle and jersey have emerged as more versatile options.

Restyling these dresses so they may be worn to other events is possible. It all comes down to accessories, said Saks Fifth Avenue stylist Michele Lopez. Large earrings or a dramatic heel can change the entire feel of a dress. Tailoring is also key. Slimming the silhouette of a skirt, taking up a hemline or removing straps and embellishments can help make a begrudged purchase into a treasured staple.

More in Life

Beer of the Week: Scuttlebutt’s Night Circus

The Everett brewery’s head brewer had nightmares trying to dial in its new coffee and coconut ale.

Viognier: French white grape gaining foothold in Washington

Viognier, the noble white grape of the northern Rhône Valley of France,… Continue reading

Curries continues home-cooked Indian cuisine at new location

The restaurant, now located on Evergreen Way, also puts an Indian spin on Northwest cooking.

New documentary chronicles Obama’s last year in White House

“The Final Year” doesn’t paint the administration in rosy colors, but it isn’t too critical either.

‘Forever My Girl’ takes a page from the Nicholas Sparks genre

The film based on a novel by Heidi McLaughlin is a well-worn tale of lost love and redemption.

Christian Bale seems to channel Clint Eastwood in ‘Hostiles’

Bale plays a U.S. cavalry captain who escorts a dying Cheyenne chief to his tribal homeland.

International guitar tour led by Lulo Reinhardt stops in Edmonds

International Guitar Night, now in its 18th year, is Jan. 24 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The latest on Snohomish County’s breweries, wineries and distilleries.

recreated one of those old recipes, brewing Tennant’s 1954 Gold Label Barleywine

New Cascadia Art Museum exhibit showcases mid-century designs

The exhibition includes ceramics, furniture, clothing, sculpture and jewelry from 1948 to 1966.

Most Read