There’s a place deep in my closet – behind the Forever 21 cotton sundresses that have been washed and worn so many times that they look like old dust rages – behind the professional office attire I bought at Anne Taylor Loft for my first job and only wore once (because I realized, soon after, that wearing jeans to work was more acceptable than wearing an A-line wool skirt).

Even behind the “I’ll give these away…next time” pile is a crumpled up ball of bridesmaid dresses.

I have a feeling you know what I’m talking about.

I’m talking poofy, tulley, chiffony dresses with enough fabric on them to make formal dresses for an entire sorority. Dresses that cost me more than a month’s grocery bill to pay for an electric bill to alter. All for just six sweaty and make-up filled hours of wear and sometimes even tear.

 So, what do you do with them when the wedding’s over?

I tend to stuff the dress in my travel duffle bag and then unpack it and store it in the way, way back of my closet. Only to be seen again when I decide to finally do some Spring-cleaning in December and reorganize my belongings.

You, my dear, have a couple of options:

– You could keep them hanging around, like an old boyfriend you occasionally talk to when you’re feeling lonely once or twice a year during the holiday times.

– Have an ugly bridesmaid dress party/contest with your friends where the winner takes home all the dresses.

Or you could try out one of these things.

I’m Jen Glantz. I’ve been a published writer for over 13 years, spilling my words into magazines (ranging from style to scuba diving), newspapers, websites and even this one time, a speech, for someone who didn’t speak a word of English. What drives my words, my site, my writing, is the power of relating to people. I find that many people, especially young girls, feel so alone and quite often they feel embarrassed. I want to shatter those feelings! I want them to read what I write and understand that it’s okay to be a little outside of the box, but most importantly, that it is okay to just be who they are.

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