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A New York Love Affair :: Shabby Apple Bridesmaid Dress

It’s that time of my life — all of my best friends are getting married, and I’m on perpetual bridesmaid duty. Last year I was in three weddings in two months! I don’t have a closet full of dresses like Jane in 27 Dresses, but I’m getting there. Real talk for a second – no one in New York has a SPARE closet as big as hers in that movie. LIES!

The drill is the same for each wedding: buy an overpriced dress, wear it once, spill a little wine on it while you’re tearing up the dance floor, dry clean it, and then to the back of the closet it goes!! No matter how many times I’ve heard “you could totally wear this again”, I never have.

A New York Love Affair :: Shabby Apple Bridesmaid Dress

Shabby Apple Nutcracker Dress

A New York Love Affair :: Shabby Apple Bridesmaid Dress

Blue // Green // Pink

A New York Love Affair :: Shabby Apple Bridesmaid Dress

Well that doesn’t have to be the case! Today I’ve teamed up with Shabby Apple and my two blogger besties to throw a faux wedding, and show you that with a little creativity, your bridesmaid dress can live beyond the wedding day. And I don’t mean haphazardly waking up in the dress the next day either.

By adding a pop of pink and some party jewels, I gave my dress a preppy uptown twist. You can introduce almost any bright color to compliment the navy, creating a color-blocked look that’s perfect for day or night!

A New York Love Affair :: Shabby Apple Bridesmaid Dress

Dress: Shabby Apple c/o // Jacket: Express (similar) // Necklace: Viva La Jewels (similar) // Shoes: BCBGeneration (love these) // Watch: Marc Jacobs // Bracelets: effYbee (1, 2), Stella & Dot (1, 2, 3)

A New York Love Affair :: Shabby Apple Bridesmaid Dress

A New York Love Affair :: Shabby Apple Bridesmaid Dress

If preppy’s not your thing, you can always give your dress an edgier twist by pairing it with a leather jacket, black tights and booties. Look to Courtney and Lex‘s looks for more inspiration on the sliding scale of edgy chic.

I promise you, there are ways to breath life back into these dresses. Think about how much fun you had dancing all night with that cute groomsman … well that dress still has some party left in it!

A New York Love Affair :: Shabby Apple Bridesmaid Dress

A New York Love Affair :: Shabby Apple Bridesmaid Dress

A New York Love Affair :: Shabby Apple Bridesmaid Dress

A New York Love Affair :: Shabby Apple Bridesmaid Dress

A New York Love Affair :: Shabby Apple Bridesmaid Dress

To the bridesmaid-has-beens, go home and try styling one of your old gowns. And all you brides-to-be, give the the Shabby Apple collection a look, your maids really will wear them again. (Emily – I’m lookin’ at you!)…

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Big thank you to Shabby Apple, Courtney and Lex for partnering with me on this post!
PS – I am linking up with Perfectly Coutured and White Coat Wardrobe today.

14 Comments

  • Reply December 3, 2014

    Megan

    I love the 27 Dresses reference! At least your dress is actually cute! I love the navy color and that hot pink jacket you accessorized with! You’re a stylish bridesmaid!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

    • Reply January 3, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      Hahaha you’re so right! They normally arent……. Shabby Apple for the win!

  • Reply December 4, 2014

    Abby

    I love it! That dress is awesome on its own anyway, so it wouldn’t be hard to style. :)

    Visiting from the linkup. I’d love it if you can visit my blog, too. Looking forward to seeing you there: http://www.fashchronicles.blogspot.com

    • Reply January 3, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      I have definitely worn this dress again. First time for everything!! Thanks for stopping by love! XO

  • Reply December 4, 2014

    ~ Carmen ~

    Hahaha 27 Dresses. I was obsessed with that movie. These bridesmaid dresses are totally the epitome of a dress you can reuse. I’d wear any of these shades. :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • Reply January 3, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      It is one of those movies that I will watch LITERALLY any time it is on. So glad you like the dress! I wanted to scoop it up in pink too. XOXO

  • Reply December 4, 2014

    Brie

    These are such fun, darling dresses! I love everything about this!

    xo,
    Brie

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    • Reply January 3, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      Thanks love!! Shabby Apple has such great stuff right now.

  • Reply December 4, 2014

    Lindsey

    Cute dresses! I love how you put the hot pink jacket with your blue dress- so pretty!
    Lindsey
    Thrift and Shout

    • Reply January 3, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      Thanks Lindsey!! I thought it was a fun way to breathe some color into the winter months! XO

  • Reply December 5, 2014

    Leah Vukmir

    Beautiful dresses…beautiful ladies! Xoxo

  • Reply December 5, 2014

    Hayley Larue

    Three weddings in two months?! That’s crazy! But kind of fun at the same time :) Love these dresses!

    MeYouandHayleyLarue.com

    • Reply January 3, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      It was so fun!!!! But so hectic too! I lived out of my suitcase :-) but three weddings meant three bachelorette parties!! wooo

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