Wedding Dress Restyle: DILEMMA

My wedding dress was one of my favorite things about my wedding. I found it at a thrift store – a new-with-tags J. Crew floor length white cotton sundress, $30, that I bought before I was officially engaged. I took it home and dyed it bright green on my stove.  One of my roommates actually hit me for ruining a perfectly good potential wedding dress, to which I replied “No, I just made it perfect for me.”  And it was PERFECT:


My wedding was also perfect: all our family and favorite people, lots of dancing, and lots of gin. 

So here is my dilemma: can I wear my wedding dress, now a knee-ish length sundress, to my cousin’s wedding in August?  I really REALLY want to, especially because the remnants are currently being made into a dress for Eliza. But, the cousin in question (and a good chunk of the wedding guests) were of course present at my wedding.  I don’t want to seem like I’m trying to upstage the bride or something by wearing my wedding dress to her wedding, but at this point, my dress really just looks like a run of the mill sun dress.  BUT everyone there will know it was my WEDDING dress, so does that trump its actual appearance?  

I never get to wear dresses, and it’s rare to get a non-ridiculous opportunity to wear a matchy matchy dress with my kid (they COMPLIMENT each other, they aren’t like CARBON COPIES so it isn’t totally absurd), so I really want to wear it! But I don’t want to be an asshole.  Verdict?

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8 Responses to Wedding Dress Restyle: DILEMMA

  1. Swistle says:

    Oh, you should TOTALLY wear it! It’s one of the main reasons for HAVING a non-wedding-dressish wedding dress!

  2. I think you should wear it! It’s not like you’re showing up in a poofy white dress with a veil!

  3. Wendy says:

    Totally okay to wear it. Super cute.

  4. Elsha says:

    I vote wear it! It doesn’t look like a wedding dress. (I wear mine- a white sundress- to church sometimes with a cardigan or similar.)

  5. stilldoingmybest says:

    Wear it! It will be ESPECIALLY awesome with your daughter’s dress =)!

  6. Noemi says:

    Wear it- it’s lovely. And I think since you’ve altered the length, it’s less likely that people will remember it as your wedding dress (they might think, “Hey, didn’t Susie wear a green dress at her wedding? How ’bout that. Let’s get another glass of champagne”).

  7. Jessica says:

    Since it’s been shortened, I doubt people will even realize it’s your wedding dress. If anything, they’ll wonder where you found a knee-length dress so much like the one you got married in (but they probably won’t).

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