Guys have it so easy when it comes to getting dressed for a wedding. They just take out a suit and perhaps buy a new tie. But the ladies…we don’t have it that easy! I always feel like I need to wear a “new” dress…or at least one that I haven’t worn in front of the other wedding guests before.
Formal wear can be very expensive, too! A trip to Macy’s for a new dress and shoes can easily run into the hundreds. (Add that, plus your gift for the newly weds, if you have travel or hotel costs…multiply by how many weddings per season. That adds up to being broke!) Needless to say, I started bypassing the mega retailers for my attire and decided to thrift instead.
Here’s a few items that I saw over the weekend at Savers. Now, please look at these with an open mind. Remember that most anything can get personally tailored, and even with the costs of custom work, you’re still paying less than shopping at other places.
The red and blue dresses below look like a flashback from the 80′s, but I have a soft spot for that era, and if the pieces were hemmed a few inches up (and the large bows removed), the dresses would be perfect for some cocktails and dancing. You could also have a tailor (or do it yourself) detach the top and bottom, add your own black pencil skirt, and you’ll have a cute color-blocked outfit.
There were also tons of black dresses at Savers! One could do so much with a $8 black dress…change the hem line, add slits, stitch on some fancy beading…so many options!
I bought the long black dress. One of the weddings I have to go to this year will be very formal. The dress itself doesn’t need a whole lot of changes to it. It will have to be taken in a size though.
Here’s a few things to consider when shopping for formal wear at a thrift store:
1. Make sure zippers or other closures work! Those could be difficult to replace/repair.
2. It’s easier to buy something in a larger size and have it tailored down, than it is to buy a smaller size and have the seams let out.
3. Consider chatting with your local tailor first before purchasing so that you know what they’re capable of.
4. Give yourself time! Find a dress at least a few weeks before the event so that you have time for alterations and cleaning.
5. Be creative! With a little open-mindedness and creativity, you’ll have a perfect one-of-a-kind gown!
And if you’re feeling a bit iffy about checking out that thrift store, or want to find cute accessories for that dress, stop by Shopcade, your personal shopping app, to help you scope out deals on your favorite stores. Plus, right now its Shopcade’s Wedding Month. They are going to be having a HUGE Twitter party tomorrow (June 20th) at 9 pm EST. I signed up with Shopcade so that I know when those special things that I want go on sale! (I’m also digging this cute bracelet from Ettika…perfect for summer layering!)