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How to Recycle Your Wedding Ensemble After the Big Day

How to Recycle Your Wedding Ensemble After the Big Day


Months into matrimony, my marriage ceremony costume hangs packed in a classic forest inexperienced garment bag behind my closet with the remainder of my ensemble from the massive day. The Chanel slingbacks I scored on The RealReal relaxation of their mud luggage someplace underneath the sweaters. The shiny purple Mark Cross field bag (additionally pre-owned) has solely made a number of postnuptial appearances, paired with distressed Levis and mini skirts for dinners out. I not too long ago hung a pair of boxy Bode-style shorts close by, the most recent addition to my marriage ceremony wardrobe. These, I put on (or plan to put on) repeatedly.

Photo of a Wedding Dress Made Into Shorts

Erika Veurink’s marriage ceremony costume made into shorts;

Photograph: Courtesy of Erika Veurink

With the assistance of my beloved tailor Luis at Bode, I turned a dangerous eBay guess into the costume of my 60s-style goals. Since we chopped the costume to a mini fashion, we have been left with yards of satiny white material, laced in a flowery trim. The stays virtually begged for all times past a donation to the textile bin on the farmer’s market. “What are we making with this?” requested Luis as he lifted the leftovers above his head. A shirt felt too treasured. However shorts—slightly outsized, virtually boxer-style—felt cheeky and wearable. I attempted on a number of kinds from Bode, discovered a pair I beloved, and the method was underway. I picked up the brand new shorts on a sunny afternoon earlier than lunch. Their silhouette cinched on the waist like a pair of health club shorts and I used to be delighted by the candy trim he added to the again pocket and legs–the right praise to the frilly white high I already had on.

Photo of Guest in Leather Jacket

Hailey Leibson wears her signature piece (a leather-based jacket) to her marriage ceremony;

Photograph: Courtesy of Hailey Leibson

Intrigued by my very own re-imagination of the “bridal wardrobe,” I began asking different brides how they wore their marriage ceremony wardrobe past their nuptials. Hayley Leibson, Founder & CEO of Astrapilot, wore considered one of her signature items, a pretend leather-based jacket from simply after college, on her massive day. “I knew I wished the exact opposite of a standard patriarchal marriage ceremony,” she remembers. The long-lasting piece’s rebellious symbolism resonated along with her. Nonetheless a trademark of her private fashion, that very same leather-based jacket now accompanies her to conferences, dates, and on a regular basis errands.

“I keep in mind getting my marriage ceremony footwear (white Maryam Nassir Zadeh ballet pumps) and treating them so preciously,” says Nancy Satola, a purchaser for a boutique in Brooklyn, “conserving them within the field and with all the unique tissue paper and actually pondering to myself that they have been my ‘marriage ceremony footwear’ and ‘marriage ceremony footwear’ solely.” Now, the once-cherished footwear are a part of her weekly rotation. Even crushed up, scratched, and worn-in, Satola sees magnificence of their strange evolution. “They’ve walked me fairly rigorously by my first couple years of marriage.”

Photo of Couple Dancing

Melody Serafino wears classic earrings on her marriage ceremony that she nonetheless wears repeatedly;

Photograph: Nato Tuke

Some individuals go for opulent jewellery, a departure from their on a regular basis fashion, however that wasn’t the strategy of Melody Serafino, co-founder of No. 29. Her mother shopped Serafino’s favourite store upstate, Pippin Classic, for a pair of iridescent rhinestone earrings from the Nineteen Forties/Fifties; a present for the bride. Since then, she’s dressed them each up and down. “Most not too long ago, I wore them to a New York Cares fundraiser paired with a black velvet high thrifted from Housing Works and a bronze ruffle-hemmed skirt that I discovered on a piece journey to Kyrgyzstan,” says Serafino.

Photo of Bride in White Mae Dress

Abigail Glasgow wears Danielle Frankel Mae costume to her nuptials which she later wears as a costume and/or coat;

Photograph: Courtesy of Abigail Glasgow

Author Abigail Glasgow prioritized a re-wearable ensemble that felt like her from the beginning. “I work in jail reform and am a contract reporter—deciding to spend 1000’s on a costume was a giant funding (and a privilege). I wished one thing that I might put on a minimum of twice a yr for fairly actually the remainder of my life.” She and her husband have been legally married for 2 years and aren’t the down-the-aisle sort. As a substitute, they’re celebrating with a mini ceremony at Win Son in Brooklyn. Carrying white was a right away “no” due to its archaic, heteronormative roots, however seeing a buddy get married in Danielle Frankel negated each imaginative and prescient she had of herself in a colourful swimsuit. The model’s Mae costume simply felt proper. After the marriage, Glasgow plans to dye the costume purple or black for max life past her celebration. Plus, she reworked the costume alongside Jeeves, a specialty garment care firm, right into a single-breasted fashion; it may well now perform as a blazer or lengthy coat along with a costume.

Simply as there’s nobody solution to get married, there’s no singular path to preserving the reminiscence of the day sartorially. The method is as private as deciding on an outfit to put on down the aisle or choosing the establishment in any respect. And imagining lives to your garments previous your marriage ceremony can really feel as informal as grabbing your favourite jacket as you stroll out the door or slipping into footwear you realize and love. Shorts, in my case, have been the perfect steadiness of wearable and joyful, an apt celebration of the on a regular basis dedication I made to my accomplice.


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