How To Actually Wear Bridesmaid Dresses Again

by Danielle Salazar May 23, 2014

We are all too familiar with that one hopeful phrase: “Don’t worry; you can totally wear it again!” As much as we’d love to believe it, sometimes the idea of wearing that drab bridesmaid dress again sounds like a total myth. Fortunately, Kennedy Blue designed its bridesmaid collection to not only be worn again, but with its mix-and-match options, your girls can actually choose a style they’ll like! However, we don’t blame you for doubting wear-again bridesmaid dresses, so we took a variety of Kennedy Blue dresses and re-styled them to create fun summer styles. You would never guess that they once made their way down the aisle!

Wear-again bridesmaid dresses for your casual summer style.

Whether going to work, having happy hour with the girls, or stopping for a much-needed coffee break, creating a casual look is as simple as adding a few extra pieces from your everyday wardrobe. Here are some common myths about re-wearing a bridesmaid dress that we’re here to solve:

Myth #1: A floor-length dress needs to be shortened to be considered a wear-again bridesmaid dress.

Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dress Olivia restyled with a vintage tee. | www.KennedyBlue.comKennedy Blue bridesmaid dress Emma restyled with a floral crop top. |

Answer: Absolutely not! Try a cropped top on a full-length skirt to create a slimming look! We mimicked the look of a maxi skirt by pairing our full-length Kennedy Blue dresses Olivia in blush (left) and Emma in charcoal (right) with cropped tops that hit at the natural waist. The tied up, vintage t-shirt and floral, cropped tank top add casual and summery elements to what was once a very formal bridesmaid dress. Adding a chunky and vibrant accent necklace will also create the perfect pop of color for a fun and girly look.

Myth #2: If the bridesmaid dress isn’t your style, you can’t magically turn it to something you’ll want to wear again.

Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dress Chloe restyled with a blue button down and cowboy boots. | www.KennedyBlue.comKennedy Blue bridesmaid dress Charlotte restyled with an aztec-print scarf and TOMS wedges. |

Answer: But yet, you can! If a dress doesn’t fit your personal style, add pieces that reflect who you are as a person and make it totally your own. We paired Chloe in coral (left) with a light blue button up and cowboy-like boots for a sweet and charming girl-next-door type of feel. For a more hipster, down-to-earth vibe, Charlotte in navy (right) was paired with a bold Aztec-patterned scarf, beaded headband, and TOMS wedges.

Myth #3: Bridesmaid dresses can only be worn again for other formal events.

Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dress Violet restyled with a denim jacket and boho shoulder bag. | www.KennedyBlue.comKennedy Blue bridesmaid dress Hannah restyled with denim vest, colored wrap, and chunky necklace. |

Answer: So not true! Paired with everyday pieces such as a good statement necklace and denim, you create a summer style that’s unique and casual. By pairing Violet in peacock (left) with a classic denim jacket, or Hannah in navy (right) with a trendy denim vest, you’re perfectly prepared for a low-key lunch date or a full day of door-to-door shopping!

Re-style Kennedy Blue dresses for a look that’s all your own!

Hopefully we’ve proven that Kennedy Blue is the perfect designer line if you’re searching for the practical choice of wear-again bridesmaid dresses. With the right accessories, your bridesmaid dress can easily become a piece of your everyday wardrobe. Now it’s your turn to show us how you would re-style Kennedy Blue! Leave a picture in the comments below, send them to, or tag us on Instagram using #KennedyBlue.

Danielle Salazar
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Measurement Guide

Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor. 

**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.

Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist size:  While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.

Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Choosing your correct size

Compare  these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.