We've been imploring brides for years to choose bridesmaid dresses that their 'maids can actually wear again, but we understand that a few wayward once-worn bridesmaid dresses may be lurking in the back of your closet. NewlyMaid.com, a new website started by the Dessy Group (manufacturer of the After Six, Alfred Sung, Cynthia Rowley, Dessy Collection, and Lela Rose bridesmaid dress lines and the Sandals Destination wedding dresses), can help rid your closet of those old bridesmaid dresses and trade them in for a little black dress—one you'll actually wear again.
Here's how it works: Register with NewlyMaid, and they'll send you a prepaid envelope in which to send gently worn bridesmaid dresses from any designer. Once the garment is inspected and approved by NewlyMaid, it's either donated to Clothes4Souls or the fabric is recycled. In turn, you get a credit for 30 to 50 percent off any of Newlymaid's stylish special occasion dresses (a few are shown above), which sell between $150 and $250 at full price. The NewlyMaid LBDs range from fabulous work dresses to sparkly styles for a night on the town. For more information, visit NewlyMaid.com, and to search for your own bridesmaid dresses (that hopefully your 'maids will want to wear again), visit our bridesmaid dress gallery.—Kim Forrest