Video: Restyling a bridesmaid or formal dress

Jenny Yoo tulle dress – shortened ~3,” runs slightly small (I’m wearing a 0 for reference)
Tadashi Shoji lace dress – runs 1-2 sizes big (I’m wearing a 0 clipped back)

I started my wedding gown search at BHLDN, so was excited when they asked me to work on a fun bridesmaid project. I’m not far enough into wedding planning to have a dress chosen for my bridesmaids, but the girls have been trying options in search of something universally flattering.
BHLDN Jenny Yoo Chloe bridesmaid dress
I brought my sweet friend Isabel (who is self-described as “short and curvy”) to show you guys a few different ways to re-style a bridesmaid dress beyond the wedding day. Since the extent of my video skills is setting up a tripod at home, I enlisted the help of Long Haul Films, who were simply wonderful to work with!

Jenny Yoo is actually known for her convertible bridesmaid dresses, like the Annabelle which is designed to be tied 15 different ways. We’re showing her Chloe dress which is not convertible, but its tulle skirt makes it a great candidate for creating new looks with layering. A short dress tends to be more versatile for wearing again after a wedding, but I admittedly love the elegant look of bridesmaids in floor-length pieces. If you have long dresses you love but don’t get any more wear out of due to the length, consider hemming it after the wedding to make it more versatile.

1. Classic fall: H&M; floral scarf (old), Rachel Simpson shoes and BHLDN belt
BHLDN jenny yoo bridesmaid dress
This look showcases the full dress and could work well for bridesmaids and party guests alike. Instead of a plain wrap, experiment with a lightweight printed scarf for a more playful look.

2. Mix + match: Target chambray shirt (old), HALOGEN HEELS (color sold out – SIMILAR)
BHLDN bridesmaid jenny yoo dress leopard heels
This look juxtaposes the dreamy tulle skirt against a more rugged chambray texture, and adds print with the leopard heels. I think a moto jacket (left mine at home!) layered on top would bring about a good mix of sweet and edgy, and would be cute for a night out.

Lace elegance: Tadashi Shoji “Savannah” lace topper (sized down), no brand earrings
BHLDN bridesmaid dress lace top
Another beautiful and elegant look that could work for bridesmaids or guests. Hairstyle can play a big role in changing up a look – with a higher boatneck-style topper, we swept her hair back into a clean but voluminous bun to show off the neckline.

Playful romance: F21 sweater (old), Yoox.com heels, vintage Hermes belt
BHLDN bridesmaid jenny yoo stripe sweater
Nick’s cameo in this video was a stark reminder that we could use dance lessons before our wedding! We both love a good dance party, but weren’t blessed with any skills or coordination to say the least. We also have yet to take engagement photos, which is what got me thinking about this romantic + flirty pairing as a perfect look for a couples photo session.

Thank you to BHLDN for sponsoring this video! All BHLDN items shown were borrowed from the Boston boutique for the purpose of the video.

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