Every bride says it: "You can wear it again!" It's usually the third part of the bridesmaid-dress sales pitch, along with "It looks great on you!" and "It's a really good price!" To determine the criteria necessary for a dress to meet the oft-stated, rarely achieved "wear again" standard, we reviewed hundreds of photos of real bridesmaids, then reworked the outfits of a select few to show you how to choose a dress that can be worn a second (or 10th) time.

Noa recently served as maid of honor in her best friend Casey's summer wedding in Southern California. Of her dress by TwoBirds Bridesmaid, she says, "You can tie the straps of the dress in many different ways, and each bridesmaid did it differently."

Why this dress works It's the unusual and fashionable neckline that makes this dress so easy to imagine in a context beyond the wedding. Since it's made from a jersey blend and has an appealingly flowy, asymmetrical shape, we saw potential for it to work especially well in a more casual setting, like a posh beachside barbecue.

On Noa: Packable Super Floppy hat, $36, Nine West, select Macy's stores; turquoise chandelier earrings, $160, Diane Yang, Divas, 502-426-3355; gold-plated bangles, $70 for five, AV Max, Maluka, 201-485-8393; hand-carved black and Alaskan coral bangle set in 18k gold, price on request, Passman Galleries; Tamara stacked heels, $198, Coach

Josef Fisayo (left), Robert Mitra (right)

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