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SPY Guide: 3 Ways To Wear Your Bridesmaid Dresses IRL

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* Wedding season will be drawing in the curtains in the next couple of months
* Don’t get stuck with a dress you’ll never wear again
* Re-invent your bridesmaid dress with a few styling tricks

The summer wedding season will be coming to an end in the next couple of months as we inch towards fall, and if you’ve had a busy bridal season thus far, you’ve probably found yourself in the odd position of having a closet full of pricey formal wear– but also a steep credit card balance and a downright empty wallet that ostensibly guarantees you won’t be able to afford going to any place that would allow for such fancy in the near future.

While we can’t help with the debt aspect of your current disposition, the least we can do is help you put all of those dresses you were forced to buy to some good use, with a fresh and non-formal spin for the fall. Read ahead for how to extend the life of your wedding attire.

1. Office Casual

If you have a semi-formal bridesmaid dress with body-conscious, fitted, or pencil shape cut, try throwing on a slouchy pull over sweater, transforming your dress into an office-ready pencil skirt. Grab some versatile metallic flats (stick to a pointed toe style for a dressier approach) and voila, you’ll be the chicest woman in your office.

How to wear bridesmaid dress again Images courtesy of Amazon/ASOS/Nordstrom

BUY: Oversized Crewneck Pullover Sweater ($19.99) | Asos Lace Bridesmaid Dress ($111.00) | Corso Como Pointed Flat ($99.00)

  

2. Day-to-Night Bohemian

If you were part of a spring bridal party and were lucky enough to wear an on-trend floral maxi, you’re in serious luck. This bohemian style can be re-worked in a number of different ways and is suitable for multiple occasions. The “day to night” tag is a cliche at this point, but this dress really does fits the criteria. Pair it with a casual pendant necklace and some chunky ankle boots for a daytime look.

Bohemian Bridesmaid Dresses Images courtesy of Sam Edelman/Nordstrom/Shopbop

BUY: Sam Edelman Suede ‘Blake’ Ankle Boots ($38.12) | Topshop Bride Cascade Floral Gown ($320.00) | Kenneth Jay Lane Coin Pendant Necklace ($35.00)

  

3. Street Sleek

To dress down a satin slip dress (or ill-fitting satin bridesmaid dress), layer a plain white crew neck t-shirt or soft turtle neck sweater underneath for a look that nods to #ootd street style but still looks sophisticated enough for the office. Pair with mules, slides, or even sneakers for an unexpected take on “formal” wear.

How to wear bridesmaid dress again Images courtesy of Amazon/Nordstrom/Steve Madden

BUY: Hanes Cool Dri T-Shirt ($6.57+) | Topshop Satin Midi Bridesmaid Dress ($160.00) | Steve Madden Infinity Mules ($26.99+)