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Once-Worn Wedding Dress

Would You Wear a Once-Worn Dress?

When you think about it, practically, of course, the wedding dress is a huge deal for just one day. Sure, it consumes your life — finding the perfect gown, tailoring it to perfection, your moment in it on your big day, but once the wedding day is done, that gown will more likely than not sit in your closet or be stored away. Really, you're not going to be wearing it for long after your nuptial photos are taken.

So, in that case, there's a pretty solid argument for sites like Wore It Once or Once Wed, which carry a selection of wedding gowns, only worn once, by another bride on her wedding day. It's a pretty practical solution to shelling out a large sum for a dress that only has its one day of wear. Still, there are other brides who would argue that the price of a new gown is well worth the cost. It is, after all, your wedding day, and the dress should be your very own. What do you think? Would you wear a once-worn dress?

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leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
I have no issue with buying/wearing a previously worn wedding gown is the design was exactly what I want and flattering. The dress is only worn once so why not?
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
nothing personal but unless it was from family and i could agree with the style or like a previos poster said, make it my own i prob wouldnt buy a used dress. howver, ive seen many nice ones just on craigslist! its a nice concept, someone else can get a use and the buyer can get a nice dress for cheaper.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I totally would. I love second-hand because of the history of things. I bought this lamp from a thrift store some time ago and I always wonder about it's story... Something with a vintage-feel would totally be up my alley...
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 7 years
My dress had been a discontinued sample. I had decided I'd rather have more money in my budget for fabulous honeymoon clothes. 15 years later my niece wore my dress--but had the back changed and sleeves changed--so she "made it" her dress and so it was. I had asked my daughter if she wanted me to keep it for her and she was grateful someone else wanted was not her style. When I remarried three years ago I bought my dress from Newport News....they have beautiful dresses! It was ivory silk and beautiful. I had it altered after the wedding to knee length and wear it with a suit jacket. I get compliments on it every time I wear it. They also have a great selection of bridesmaid dresses that most people would probably chose to wear again.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I LOVE LOVE LOVE second-hand anything, so of course I would!
momtobest99 momtobest99 7 years
Not only did I wear a used wedding dress, I'm also selling the dress again. I saved money when I bought and I would like to make some of that back. I have it listed on Recycled Bride --
leilani-s leilani-s 7 years
I wore my mom's wedding dress. My wedding was in our garden, so I had her 60's era gown shortened to a knee length dress and had the 3/4 sleeves shortened to cap sleeves. I wore a full petticoat underneath. It was retro and cute.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
If I would've found a used dress that had originally been very expensive and I was able to get it cheap, I totally would've worn it again. It's a great way to save money!
kismekate kismekate 7 years
I've already thought about it. The dresses that I love are all Monique Lhuillier (of course), and there is no way I'll be able to afford a 10k dress, so I'm buying a used Lhuillier! (I'm not even engaged yet -- haha, but I already know this is what I will do)
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I'd wear a once-worn dress. I always thought it was strange that the groom rents a tux (which can arguably be worn to other events), and the bride buys a gown.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I browsed some of the selection (not that I'm looking for a dress), and found one that I liked for $300. It was never worn because the wedding was canceled. Does that make it bad luck? I would buy a gently used dress if I liked it enough. I do have some reservations about buying any clothing online, though.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I agree, skigurl. If I fell in love with an extremely expensive dress, I'd certainly consider buying it used or possibly buying a sample. If possible, I'd want to see the dress in person or have some sort of money-back guarantee if there was a problem, though.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i would IF i found the perfect dress, but i wouldn't do it to make a $1,000 dress $500...i would do it to make a $20,000 dress $8,000...i'd do it for Vera or Carolina ;)
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