My Best Kept Mardi Gras Dress Secrets

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 to see what they’re all about.

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 — David’s Bridal. The David’s Bridal Convertible Bridesmaid Dress was my absolute fave for many events.

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.

And done.

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, 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.

No fear.

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!

Rebecca Autin
Rebecca is an attorney by day and a toddler wrangler by night. She is a product of divorced parents and grew up in both Thibodaux and Franklin, Louisiana. Rebecca attended Loyola University of New Orleans and Southern University Law Center. Rebecca married her high school bestie in 2012. Quinton and Rebecca went through months of infertility before giving birth to Maxwell Lincoln in 2015. In 2016, they were surprised by a baby boy due in June 2017. But, in February 2017, they suffered with incompetent cervix and delivered sweet Theodore Paul too soon. In October 2018, after an incredibly difficult pregnancy, a cerclage, and a whole bunch of bedrest, Fitzgerald Joseph was born -- a happy, healthy, and perfect rainbow. If you can't find Rebecca, you can summon her with pot of freshly brewed coffee or look for her in Target or behind the kitchen island where she is hiding from her kids with a very generous pour of red.



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