8 Ways To Transform A Thrift Store Dress Into A Custom Wedding Gown

Feb 05, 2021
09:00 A.M.
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Wedding dresses can be costly, but they don't have to be. Here's how you can take a thrifted dress and turn it into the wedding gown of your dreams.


A bride on a budget can still get the dress of her heart desires. Also, thrifting is really the wave right now with the current shift to sustainable fashion.

Try out some of these tips to turn an old, drabby dress into a custom gown fit for a bride on her special day at a fraction of the price.

Dye It


A new fresh color can change the whole look of the dress and add some fab to the otherwise drab. There are several shades of white, off-whites, creams, champagnes that will look modern.

Change The Neckline


A lot of older dresses have a conservative neckline. You can go ahead and switch it up and bringing it into 2021 by going for something off-shoulder.

Shorten It


You can find a nice pattern gown and make it shorter and even add a slit to it for a sultry addition. For the non-conforming bride, go ahead and pair your shortened dress with some cool kicks.

Take Notes From Eunice Kennedy


Eunice Kennedy took the Dior wedding gown that belonged to her grandmother and added volume to her dress's underskirts. She added a new top and veil since the originals were missing. The end product was this stunning gown that she wore at her wedding last year.

Do Away With Poofy Sleeves


A lot of old dresses also had those ridiculously poofy sleeves. Do away with them. Unless of course, you can find a way to make them work, like in the next picture.

Add A Bow


Add a bow because "everything is prettier with a bow and wedding dresses are no exception." Also having that bare draws attention to that bow.


Add some pretty, delicate, detailing that will make the dress more personal and unique to you. Bedazzles, pearls, embroidery, whatever tickles your fancy.

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