Ways To Give Old Prom Dresses New Life

Ways To Give Old Prom Dresses New Life

December 28, 2021
By Erin Clark

If there’s anything to learn from Romy and Michelle (deeeeep 90’s reference), it’s that any old dress can be made into something new. Instead of going for the latest trend, try taking something old and making it new again. Upcycling is a big trend in fashion right now, and what better way to express your individuality while also helping the environment than making a one-of-a-kind prom dress? It might seem like a small effort, but every little step goes a long way in the big picture. Plus, thanks to our app you will get a beautiful gown at big savings to your wallet; it’s a win-win!

1. Tailor to You

The first way to transform your gown will be a quick stop at the tailor. Most dry cleaners can offer at least partial tailoring services and many only charge minor fees for this. If you found the perfect gown but it’s not fitting perfectly, take it in to make it fit perfectly to your body; this will instantly make it feel new.

You can also try playing with the length of your dress. If you bought a floor-length number and it’s just not screaming “you,” transform that baby into a high-low option. Or add a slit to the side, something that, again, won’t cost much but will make a huge difference.

Want a mini? Just make sure it gets fitted through the high thigh, and an extra fun option would be to have the tailor add a two-inch ruffle flair to the bottom, giving you a fitted dress with a fun little detail (perfect for prom).

If you went for a midi length, think about possibly adding a few layers of tulle underneath the dress. It’ll take your dress from a typical A-line look to a short ball gown style, something formal but the shorter style will give you some edge. Fun tip: try adding layers of colored tulle for a fun surprise!

2. Top of the Line

The neckline of your dress is another excellent way to transform your dress into your own

The neckline of your dress is another excellent way to transform your dress into your own. This could also be a job for your tailor, but if you have any sewing experience, this is something you could do at home.

The first option would be tailoring the neckline to fit your wants and needs. If you bought a halter dress, think about making it two straps. Buy some matching fabric from your local store and sew two straps in place; you could do a thicker strap, even something that ties on top of the shoulder with a bow, or something thinner that’s a little less obvious but still provides you some support.

This idea could be added to a strapless dress as well, but what could you also do with a strapless dress? A cute top underneath! Your favorite rocker tee can transform your dress from plain to pop! You could also try turtlenecks, button-downs, and tank tops. Our favorite way to try this trend would be a sleeveless button, so you get the collar but don’t end up completely covered.

3. Baby Got Bling

Ok, we know, your sister is the one that bedazzles everything, and it’s really annoying. But another great way to make your old dress like new is to add some bling. Your local fabric store should have options for sequins or rhinestone detailing, but be sure to watch a few how-to videos before going for the dress.

Another great way to make your old dress like new is to add some bling

It really is a fun way to get your creative juices flowing and turn a simple dress into something slay-worthy. We suggest drawing out the pattern you want to make before starting on your prom dress; this way you can try out more than one pattern before you bippity boppity boo your dress.

If you want to add bling but you’re afraid to bedazzle, try some removable pieces to add some shine. A belt with bling or a simple satin bow detail to the back could really help bring your dress back to life. Bridal stores will sell belts like these so don’t be afraid to try them out! For a smaller amount of bling, but still make a statement, add a gemstone brooch to your dress.

Our grandmas have been wearing them on Sundays for YEARS. Why not help add them back to the fashion conversation? You’ll get a new fashion statement started and your grandma will make you the favorite (really important for Christmas!). Bling might not be your thing, so try a cape! A cute faux fur or velvet cape will add something to your dress that isn’t permanent but still shows off your unique style.

Time To Work

We hope these suggestions get your creative juices flowing and help you become the Dr. Frankenstein of prom dresses (it’s alive!). Remember to always stick to your true self no matter what you choose, and don’t forget to have fun!

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