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November 11, 2013

Wear Now, Wear Later: Bridesmaid Dress Styling with Lady Grey

“I want a bridesmaid dress that can be worn again after the wedding.” How many times have you heard this, or even thought it yourself? We hear you loud and clear: This is a big deal to both brides and bridesmaids alike!

We also know that it helps to get a little inspiration on how to wear a dress again and again. How can you turn it into an outfit for work, for a date or for a night out with friends?

To offer some ideas, we teamed up with one of our favorite wedding stylists and bloggers: Summer Watkins, aka Lady Grey, of Grey Likes Weddings. Working with three popular bridesmaid dresses—a Monique Lhuillier ruched sheath dress, an Alfred Sung structured satin dress and a flowy chiffon Jenny Yoo dress—we styled each look for the wedding and beyond.

Introducing Wear Now, Wear Later! Click through to our site to see details about the dress and styling items in each look.

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Read on for our exclusive interview with Lady Grey:

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The Wedding Suite: Summer, you are rocking it in the wedding world with great ideas and beautifully styled photo shoots. How did you get your start?

Summer Watkins: In college, I worked part time for a floral designer, and that job planted the seed of my love for weddings and design. As a result of the skills I picked up, I was asked to do the flowers for all of my friends’ weddings. One thing led to another, and after I started the blog, I received similar requests for styling! Eventually, that led to wardrobe styling, which is actually my favorite genre! It’s so much fun, creating looks for different seasons and themes!

The Wedding Suite: What is your favorite part of working in the wedding business?

SW: The never-ending possibilities! Weddings combine all the best things from every world: fashion, food, mixology, florals, interiors… it never gets boring!

The Wedding Suite: Totally agree. OK, so how many times have you been a bridesmaid? Do you have any best or worst dress stories for us?

SW: I’ve been a bridesmaid seven or eight times. None of the dresses were horrible because—duh—I got to help pick them out! I always feel at my most gorgeous and confident when I’m in a dress of my own choosing, so brides, let your ‘maids have an opinion, and they will be so much happier!

The Wedding Suite: What are your tips for wearing a bridesmaid dress again after the wedding?

SW: My simplest tips are adding layers and jewelry. Think about layers that you’d wear every day: a scarf, a blazer or leather jacket. A collared shirt under a dress makes it look like a jumper. A sweater over a dress makes it look like a skirt. Add tights and boots, and no one will ever know it was a bridesmaid dress.

Next, think jewelry and accessories: A statement necklace or a belt can make a big difference. Although you may wear more delicate pieces for the wedding itself, you can wear chunkier, heavier pieces with the dress later.

Finally, you can always alter the dress as well: Make a long dress short or remove the sleeves!

The Wedding Suite: We know you just got married yourself (because we stalk you on Instagram). Huge congrats! Any tips as a recent bride on picking dresses for your ‘maids?

SW: My tip for brides is to relax a little more. Let your gals choose from a few options, so they feel comfortable. And don’t be afraid to mix it up: A few different hues from the same palette can end up being so pretty!

We couldn’t agree more! Shop more bridesmaid dresses online or make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist for help outfitting your wedding party—or just for freshening up that old dress you already have!

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