Truly Zac Posen

Wedding season is ending. What to do with those half dozen bridesmaids dresses? Caroline A. Wong turned to Truly Zac Posen at David’s Bridal for inspiration.

merican designer Zac Posen is an enigmatic persona to be sure. Yes, he’s allowed us more intimate glimpses of his personality as a judge on Project Runway, but what do we really know about Posen? We know he has a reputation for being “famously well-connected”—to the point that some has questioned whether his launch to fame was due to talent or networking—and that Ashley Olsen interned with him the year before her line with sister Mary-Kate, The Row, first appered in Vogue. We know that his fan base includes such notables as Beyonce, Natalie Portman, Rihanna, and Amanda Seyfried and that his gowns are red carpet regulars. And we also know that he’s not above collaborations. He worked with Target in 2008 and, just this February, joined the ranks Vera Wang as a designer collaborator for David’s Bridal.

One of the reasons I was excited to pull looks from the Truly Zac Posen line is that I am a total Coco Rocha fan and the lithe model showcased Posen’s gowns on the cover of Brides when the line first launched. Rocha wore one of the mermaid-shape pieces, and she wore it well. Posen has since released new bridal looks for the line, but what of the bridesmaids’ dresses in the collection? I decided to explore.

While Posen’s bridal collection for David’s Bridal ranges anywhere north of $1250, his bridesmaids’ dresses are decidedly more flexible for formal occasions in the $200 range. The pieces are well made—I’d say more so than the White by Vera Wang bridesmaids’ dresses at David’s Bridal—but do run on the smaller side so if you’re concerned, order one size up and tailor if necessary. The exceptional point of Posen’s designs is that they are not strictly bridal, and the shorter dresses would work perfectly for a special dinner out on the town or for seeing a show. Thanks, Posen!

Whether or not your bride selected Posen for her nuptials, you undoubtedly still have your bridesmaids’ and/or guest dresses from the never-ending cycle of weddings this past summer. They don’t have to go to waste a la Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses—I promise! Here’s one of my tips for taking your formal dresses beyond wedding season: the crop top.

Short, boxy tees are so in right now, as I’m sure you’re well aware. Women are wearing them everywhere and in a multitude of ways, from pairings with cutoffs for brunch to matching crop/skirt ensembles at the office. The secret is to keep the top loose and to go with a high-waisted bottom or slip it on over a dress like I did with the Posen dress here. With a dress under the crop top, no skin shows so the look is still appropriate for more conservative work environments. Switch out different cropped tees and you’ll get many more miles out of that bridesmaids’ dress, especially with a versatile piece like Posen’s!