So, maybe it is just me, but I hate to spend money on Mardi Gras Ball dresses. For me, spending a large chunk of money on a dress was really only justifiable for my wedding. I hate the idea of spending money every year on a Mardi Gras Ball dress, especially if we have several to attend in one year.
So, my first secret is to utilize Rent the Runway. Sometime in November or December, I start browsing Rent the Runway and choose a dress or two for the balls we have to attend that year. I always take advantage of their ship two sizes offering. More often than not, I have needed the extra size I ordered.
Rent the Runway is great for balls but also galas, holiday parties, and even showers. Click here for $30 off your first order.
But, I do understand that it can be nerve wracking to rely on a dress that only gives you 48-72 hours to find a replacement if the RTR dress does not work.
So here is my real Mardi Gras Dress best kept secret — the David’s Bridal Convertible Bridesmaid Dress (click here).
A few years back, I was in a wedding where the Bride chose the DB Convertible Bridesmaid Dress. Each Bridesmaid wore the straps a different way.
That same year, I wore the bridesmaid dress to a Mardi Gras ball. The DB dresses are comfortable and clean so well.
After that ball, I ordered a solid black convertible dress.
I have worn that black convertible dress to every Mardi Gras Ball I have been to since. You can gasp. It is ok to gasp. Let me explain.
The dress is solid back and straps that can be worn 6+ ways.
I wear the dress with straps in maybe the halter option, big gold earrings, and red lips to one ball. I can dry clean it, then for the next ball that season, I wear the straps in the off-the-shoulder option, with nude lips, and a colorful statement necklace.
The next season, I can repeat those options for the alternate ball or I can mix it up further — hair up, strapless, pink lips, etc.
Are you with me?
Seriously best investment ever. And by investment, I mean under $200.
And, the dress serves as a forever back-up. Let’s say I choose a Rent the Runway dress for a ball this year but it comes in and is a total fail, even with the backup size option.
My trusty David’s Bridal Convertible Bridesmaid Dress will save the day.
And guess what — I have even worn it pregnant.
OK, I won’t go on. That is enough to process for one blog post.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!