How to Re-Style A Bridesmaid Dress For Fall

by Danielle Salazar August 24, 2015

I've got a secret for you and you have the promise me that you'll tell everyone you know. Agreed? Great! Here it is: Just because something is labeled as a "bridesmaid dress" doesn't mean that's the only way it can be worn. In fact, it's quite the opposite! "Bridesmaid dresses" are becoming more and more similar to the ready-wear that you'd see in department stores or boutiques! So whether you have an old dress just sitting in your closet or you've found a style online that you just have to have, there are tons of ways to easily re-style it to make it anything but wedding-ish! With the cool, autumn season right around the corner, I wanted to show you some fun and simple ways to wear a bridesmaid dress for an everyday look! From scarves and flannels, to boots and blazers, here’s how to pair some of your favorite fall clothing and accessories with a bridesmaid gown! Plus, make sure to snag one of our $99 dresses before their gone! They’re classic styles at an affordable price point — making them easy to re-style and perfect for every occasion!

How to Style Your Favorite Fall Clothing With A Bridesmaid Dress

[A Flannel Top]

Pair a short bridesmaid dress with a flannel top. | How to Re-Style A Bridesmaid Dress For Fall

One of my personal favorite pieces for fall is a comfy flannel. For one, I absolutely love the look of plaid and secondly, it can be worn in SO many different ways. For a cute, country-chic look, Emily paired the short, lace dress, Charlotte, with a red and green flannel that she tied at the waist. She added some tall, leather boots to complete the look.

For a fun twist, try leaving the flannel top open and un-tied and cinch it at the waist with a thin belt! It will quickly go from country-chic to preppy-glam.

[A Blazer]

Pair a short bridesmaid dress with a blazer for a business-professional look! | How to Re-Style A Bridesmaid Dress For Fall

A blazer is a staple piece that every girl should have in her wardrobe! It’s something that can be worn to work, on an interview, or even just a classy girls night out. Pair a classic blazer with a knee-length bridesmaid dress, just like Nicole did with the chiffon Sienna dress in royal blue. She topped it with a chic ivory blazer and adorable camel-colored booties. It’s a classic look that can be worn for any business-professional occasion and is especially comfy for fall!

A cute fall jacket is the perfect fall accessory to pair with a bridesmaid dress! | How to Re-Style A Bridesmaid Dress For Fall

For a more causal twist, Jessica paired the lace Harper dress in ivory with a cute suede jacket that she buttoned at the waist for a feminine, cinched-in look! She also added brown booties to make it into the perfect fall outfit!

[A Jean Jacket]

Pair a short or long dress with a comfy jean jacket! | How to Re-Style A Bridesmaid Dress For Fall

A casual jean jacket can go with just about anything. That’s part of what makes it so great! Emily turned the long and elegant chiffon style, Violet, into a casual maxi-dress that’s perfect for any informal occasion! She paired the floor-length dress with a light-wash jean jacket, strappy sandals, and a boho cross-body bag that’s the perfect fall accessory!

For a twist on this look, add a crop top over the dress and then layer it with your jean jacket. It will transform your maxi-dress into a maxi-skirt — making it a more versatile piece of fall clothing!

[A Scarf]

A scarf is the perfect fall fashion accessory! | How to Re-Style A Bridesmaid Dress For Fall

Scarves are a must-have for the autumn season and we love how easily they can transform any outfit into a totally different style! Brook paired our short lace bridesmaid dress, Charlotte, with a vibrant pattered scarf and casual wedges for an everyday look. The outfit is comfy, chic, and perfect for those slightly warmer fall days before it starts to get too chilly.

For a fun twist on this look, you can also add a thin belt at the waist to help break up the full-lace pattern. For later into the season or even an evening look, top it off with a cozy cardigan that you can bundle up in!

[A Vintage Tee]

Top your dress with a cropped vintage tee | How to Re-Style A Bridesmaid Dress For Fall

Fall and winter are the seasons of being cozy and comfy so cute tee’s are a must-have in your wardrobe! With the edgy-chic style being all the rage right now, vintage t-shirts are super trendy and can be styled up or down for a variety of looks! Brooke paired her long, chiffon strapless bridesmaid dress, Olivia, with a vintage tee that she tied up at the waist for a cropped look. She also added a colorful, chunky necklace to contrast the relatively-neutral outfit.

For a twist on this everyday look, throw on a little leather motorcycle jacket (preferably one that hits at the waist) for an edgy pop that will also keep you nice and warm!

$99 Bridesmaid Dresses For Every Occassion

Whether you need a dress for an upcoming fall wedding or are just looking for a chic dress to wear on a night out with the girls, we’ve marked our in-stock Addison and Chloe styles down to only $99! They can easily be styled with any of the above mentioned accessories, making them a perfect addition to your fall wardrobe! To see ideas on how we styled them for different occasions, check out our Instagram for more inspiration.

Follow Kennedy Blue on Instagram for tons of re-styling inspiration! | How to Re-Style A Bridesmaid Dress For Fall
The Addison Dress paired with a jean jacket and sandals.

Let’s Chat! How will you be styling your bridesmaid dress? Is it for a certain occasion or just for an everyday look! Re-style a dress and tag us on Instagram using the hashtag #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.