The woman you are now is most probably because of how your mom raised you. Since day one, your mom has been your best friend, teacher, confidante, and everything in between.

What better way to say thank you to our number one fan than by honoring her on our big day? One way to do that is to wear something from your mom's closet. For your something borrowed, you can slip into your mom's wedding gown for a memorable walk down the aisle. Here are some tips on how you can reinvent your mom's wedding dress.

Snip the Sleeves

It's easy to tell the decade from which a gown was made based on its sleeves. In the 80s, for example, puffed sleeves were a hit among brides. Modernize mom's old dress by altering its sleeves into a modern style. You can trim the sleeves to make a sleeveless gown, or cut off the sleeves completely for a tube gown.

Adjust the Neckline

Back in the day, brides preferred wedding gowns with higher necklines. You can make your mom's dress more contemporary opening up the neckline, or even put a sheer overlay for a gown that's a perfect mix of classic and modern sensibilities.

Update the Embellishments

Embellishments from back then are too frou frou for today's brides. If your mom's gown features large ruffles or flowers, take those out. Add texture to the dress by going for beads or appliqués to transform your mom's gown into a sophisticated number.


Trim the Skirt

A short dress, which you can wear at the reception, easily channels a modern style. You can do minimal adjustments on the bodice, and instead shorten the hem for a fun and playful look.

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