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Red & Rustic: Repurposing Evening Gowns

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I’ve been on a wedding spree for the past year and between plane tickets and gifts, I can’t afford to invest in a new dress each time I’m invited to a formal occasion. Evening gowns are expensive and not wearing them at least twice would be a waste of money! So how do you repurpose an old evening gown for the ‘gram? Here’s what I did:

Evening Wedding in Dallas in October

Last year’s look


Remember that wedding in Dallas last fall?  I went for a simple, classic look – red lips and nails, black sandals and an updo. Fancy dresses don’t leave much room for repurposing, but I decided to simply switch up the theme.



This time I went for a rustic  look, trading my classic black pumps for tan lace-up booties. I still wanted  open-toed shoes – it’s not like we have a lot of days left to wear them –  but since it’s getting a little colder I thought these caged booties  were a better option than strappy sandals.



My dress has a statement tie-neck so I prefer hair that doesn’t fight with that detail.  Last fall I swept my straightened hair into a simple side chignon but this year I pinned up my natural curls a  far from my neck. This way, my hair makes it’s own statement without clashing!



I also decided to skip the smoky eye. Instead I opted for rose gold  hues on my lids and cheeks. The pinkish-golden colors work much better with the rustic aesthetic I was going for. Red lips and nails were an easy decision last  year but this time I opted for a neutral lip with a reddish tint to avoid clashing.








So yes, you can wear the same evening gown twice, thrice or as many times as you’d like to – just be sure to change your accessories and switch up your beauty look.  Don’t let Instagram tell you otherwise!!!


Dress ~ Express (this works too) | Shoes ~ Nine West (try these) | Ring ~ Express

Nails ~ Julep | Eyes ~ Urban Decay : Naked Smoky and Vice 3 (try the 4)

Esta Fiesta is a Brooklyn based blogger with a love of music and finding new shoes. When she's not watching a movie or testing out new hair products she can be found doing Pilates - but only so she can eat from the waffle truck of course! Follow her Tweets at @ItsEstaFiesta

  • I needed this for a friend..for real. The girl spends more money on evening attire because she “already wore it”. There’s nothing wrong with wearing the same dress as long as you switch up accessories! AMEN!

    • Anything you only wear once should NEVER cost you a lot – except your wedding dress! Please send this link to her. You HAVE to find different ways to reinvent outfits!!!