I found the fabulously fashionable Bluefly Bridesmaid’s dresses thanks to Manolo for the Brides, where blogger “Never teh Bride” laments not knowing about this discount designer website when she was pleading with her bridesmaids to choose their dresses. She calls it the “shop to end all shops as a source for reasonably priced, re-wearable bridesmaids’ garb.” (Some are more reasonably priced than others, although you do save a significant percentage on the retail price of all of them).
As far as re-wearable goes, short or tea-length dresses seem to be the most versatile. I like these:
I’d think that even a pretty, floor-length gown is bound to be worn again if you can shorten it and wear it to a holiday party or posh restaurant. Take these for example, which would look great when hemmed:
Bluefly even has gowns for the bridezilla who doesn’t want any of her bridesmaids looking too pretty and thus upstaging her. Try forcing them to wear something like this:
Hey look, you can even buy your wedding dress here!
(Wouldn’t that last one make the sweetest little dress for a casual beach wedding?)