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Trade-up Your Old Bridesmaid Dress for a New Little Black Dress

May 10, 2011 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

 Categories: Fashion, Green Weddings    Tags: ,

Little Black Dress

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the NEWLYMAID bridesmaid dress "exchange" program is no longer active.

I wanted to share with you a new site that launched today, NEWLYMAID.com. They offer a unique way to trade up a bridesmaid dress after a wedding for a new little black dress that can be worn for any occasion. NEWLYMAID is the first service of its kind to offer women a way to enjoy savings, reduce their carbon footprint, help others in need, and get a fabulous dress they can wear for any occasion.

NEWLYMAID accepts bridesmaid dresses and special occasion dresses from ANY designer brand. In return, you get a special 30 - 50% credit value towards a new 'any occasion' black dress. The little black dresses can be styled to work for many occasions from a sophisticated office look to flirty looks fit for a night on the town.

The gently worn bridesmaid and special occasion dresses will either be donated to charity or recycled. Dresses which are suitable for reuse will be donated to Clothes4Souls. Clothes4Souls brings shoes and apparel to people in need around the world. NEWLYMAID will also work with UNIFI to recycle qualifying dresses that are 100% polyester. And, future NEWLYMAID styles offered will include REPREVE (R)- recycled fibers made by Unifi.

If you have an old bridesmaid or special occasion dresses just hanging around in your closet, visit NEWLYMAID and send in your old dress for credit towards a new little black dress perfect for work, brunch, or girl's night out.



Rent high-fashion evening dresses from Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway

Don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a dress that you might only wear once or twice? Now you can wear styles straight off the runway, save loads of money and be green. Rent the Runway allows you to rent designer dresses from over 50 high-fashion designers for a 4 day stretch (or for an extra fee, 8 days).

From summer weddings and garden parties to cocktail parties to girl's night out, they have loads of designer dresses and matching accessories. And the best part is, you can wear the new Proenza Schouler or Vena Cava cocktail dress to your next special event for as little as $50. You can reserve your designer dress and accessories up to 6 months in advance, and they will even send you a second size for free, just to be safe.

Using Rent the Runway is easy - Just find a dress you love, select your sizes, select when you’d like it delivered, and it’ll appear on your doorstep. When you're done, you mail it back in a pre-paid envelope and they take care of the dry cleaning at an eco-friendly cleaner.

UPDATE 2015: Rent The Runway is now offering an Unlimited Subscription that works sort of like Netflix. For a monthly fee - you add items to your queue, they send you 3 items that you can keep as long as you want, and when you are done with a piece you mail it back and they send the next item in your queue (shipping is free and they take care of the dry cleaning). Unlimited Subscription is a beta program so you need to get in line - join the waitlist.