The concept of fashion is changeable and frequently shifts from year to year and season to season. Nevertheless, a group of mothers and daughters demonstrated that certain attire remains timeless. Instead of purchasing new clothes, they delved into their personal wardrobes to prepare for the next generation’s prom photos. The outcome was truly invaluable.
Bring it Back from the Nineties
In the past, prom attire typically consisted of lengthy gowns. Yet, this team of a mother and daughter demonstrated that one can wear a shorter dress to the occasion and maintain a flawless appearance.
This black dress with a flared silhouette was a classic that worked perfectly for both the daughter’s 2016 prom and her mother’s event in 1991. They added their personal style by using different shoes, accessories, and hairstyles.
Mesh, Beads, and More
As a joke, the teenage girl wore her mother’s vintage dress to the prom and shared two photos with the caption “1989 is very trendy these days.”
She said, “I am speechless. Indeed, this retro dress came from my wardrobe which dates back to 1989, during my last year in high school when I attended my senior prom!” It’s not unexpected for this dress to still look stunning after all these years. The mesh fabric and beadwork on the neckline are especially charming.
This teenager was thrilled to discover a valuable item, after her mother shared on social media, exclaiming, “See what we stumbled upon at my grandmother’s place!” It was a remarkable discovery.
These women didn’t choose a flashy prom dress and instead chose a soft peach color that adds a hint of color without being too overwhelming. What’s even more impressive is that after being stored away for 26 years, they were able to find a dress and shoes that fit perfectly for someone attending prom today.
A Red Statement
The teenager shared a photo of her prom outfit and wrote, “I discovered my prom dress in my mom’s closet. I wore the identical dress that my mother wore during her own prom in 2015 | 1990.”
The red color of the dress really stands out and makes a statement. Additionally, the beadwork on the chest draws attention to the neckline. Both the dress and accessories, especially the daughter’s earrings that match the beadwork, are well-coordinated. It’s worth noting that the mother’s accessories also complement the dress nicely.
Blue Sequin Dream
This mother and daughter chose attention-grabbing bright colors and stunning tailoring for their prom dresses.
These two women not only appear stunning in the blue, sequined dress, but the details enhance its beauty. The neckline’s exquisite beading catches the attention of fashion enthusiasts. Additionally, their unique makeup choices complement the gown, showcasing their personal styles.
Beaded and Beautiful
Aiden Whittemore shared a photo of her prom date and juxtaposed it with a picture of her mother donning the same dress, as she was preparing for the event.
With the caption “Me (2017) donning my mother’s junior prom dress from 1996”, these ladies’ fashion sense certainly deserves recognition. Rather than selecting a bright hue, they went for a daring appearance while captivating everyone’s attention with the stunning beadwork that beautifully reflected the light. Moreover, the dress is in impeccable shape, which is definitely praiseworthy.
All in the Alterations
The teenager saved money on her prom dress by choosing a vintage option. She decided to wear her mother’s old prom dress and shared the outcome on social media. The caption read, “I selected my mom’s prom attire! Vintage is the way to go to cut down on prom expenses.”
We must admit that the outcomes are impressive. In addition, she demonstrated to us that donning a vintage gown involves more than simply wearing it. By making slight adjustments and modifications, she updated the dress for modern times without altering its original appearance.
A Bit of ’70s Flair
The 1970s is a memorable period that we still enjoy reminiscing about, as we continue to draw inspiration from its music and fashion trends.
Although her mother’s prom date’s suit might not be considered fashionable today, this teenager confidently wore her mother’s prom dress from the 1970s to her own prom and posted pictures on social media. She even recreated an image from her mother’s prom night, showing off the vintage dress.
A New Tradition
After this teenager posted her prom pictures together with her mom’s, she wrote, “I believe we just initiated a ritual…” and it appears to be a wonderful tradition to begin!
The black dress, although simple, is elevated by its intricate features. Adorned with embroidery and crafted with a fabric that reflects light perfectly, the mother and daughter duo looked stunning for prom. Furthermore, the daughter’s bold jewelry choice complemented the overall ensemble flawlessly.
A Red Silhouette
The timeless slender red dress worn by this mother and daughter years apart has proven to be a dress that never goes out of fashion.
This is another example where the dress design is both classic and striking on the individuals who wear it. For instance, the deep neckline and the slit on the skirt are two features that have endured over time for a good reason.
Grandma’s in it Too!
This collection of pictures is exceptionally remarkable as it allows you to witness the continuity of this gown across several generations. Despite the slight reduction in the dress’s size, one can still recognize it as the same one.
As you shift your gaze from the left side towards the right side, you can observe grandma’s image in the initial photograph. Subsequently, her daughter and two granddaughters are depicted in the same attire. Although the ball gown was originally used in 1962, it appears breathtaking even in the latest picture taken in 2013.
Shaking it Up
These two ladies rocked the same prom dresses too. Mom first wore this collared gown back in 1996 for her prom while the daughter brought it back for her prom in 2016.
The collar on this dress, alongside the lacework, is really what makes it pop. However, the most interesting thing in the side-by-side is how they made the look their own each time. While the mom opted for a neutral look, her daughter livened it up with neon hair and plenty of accessories.
Saving it for This Day
This hand-me-down dress was just waiting for the day it could come off the rack again. As it would seem, it was an effort that was well worth the wait.
This teen posted her prom dress with the caption, “My mom had been saving her old prom dress for all these years just so her future daughter could try it on.” It took some pretty heavy planning ahead but the end result is gorgeous and both mother and daughter look fantastic.
When this teen posted her passed-down prom dress with the caption, “My mom going to her senior prom 1987 vs. me going to my senior prom 2017 (same dress just a few changes made,” we were blown away.
Seeing an altered dress isn’t out of the ordinary but we are used to seeing older dresses shortened to make them look more modern. Interestingly, this teen chose to add length to the dress, making it look stunning and creative.
Little Black Dress
There are certain styles that always stay in popularity. Back in 2015, this teenager nailed an iconic style with a Tweet that read, “Wore my mama’s dress to prom.”
One of the reasons that this dress works so well years later is that it’s a flattering, sleek outline with features such as a slit up the skirt that is still used in today’s fashion. However, it’s helped along by the fact that it offers a pop of color with the golden straps.
A Classic Look
This dress lasted through two generations for good reason – it’s a gorgeous gown that anyone would be able to appreciate. The simple design is absolutely timeless and classic.
The mother posted the picture of herself and her daughter wearing the same dress at their separate proms with the comment, “My daughter’s prom was this past weekend and she wore my prom dress from 20 years ago as well – black dresses are never out of style.”
We wonder how this mom felt about her daughter’s re-working of her prom dress from 1986. After all, she didn’t wear it to a traditional prom but her school’s tacky prom.
Tacky proms are a concept that turns traditional proms on their head. They mimic a prom but students are encouraged to dress tacky, as the name suggests. This teen used the chance to throwback to decades past by pulling out her mother’s boldly patterned dress for the night.
A Vintage Masterpiece
This generational set of images is stunning in a variety of ways. It was posted with the caption, “Mom and I shared several dresses, 24 years apart.”
While the images and caption don’t mention a date, we can estimate that the mother in this set of photos went to prom in the 1950s. After all, just take a look at those gloves – they were made popular in the 1950s alongside a very ’50s-esque hairstyle. However, the dress still looked in-style years later!
There are certain bits of fashion that have always served as a statement piece. For instance, this dress that’s absolutely covered in black sequins for a glittering finish.
This mom posted these two side-by-side photos with the explanation, “Me at prom on the left in 1990. My daughter in my dress going to her prom in 2014.” Both of these women rocked their bold look at prom well and left us stunned with the results.
Mom’s Dress, Dad’s Picture
It seems like this teen not only inherited her mom’s prom dress in this photoset but a familiar pose with her dad as well. It makes for a touching family photo album.
The dress itself is bold and eye-catching as well. While her mom, Amy, wore it in 2003, this teen, Tori, wore the dress again at her 2016 prom. It’s a bright blue and between the patterning and material, it almost looks as though it glitters under the light.
A Pop of White
Sometimes, a spot of contrast is exactly what it needs to stand out. For this dark red gown, the answer was white lace appliques that really escalate the style of the dress.
The mother in this duo posted the pictures saying, “1993 that’s me on the left and 23 years later my daughter on the right did the same thing for her prom 2017. I’m happy she likes my style. This is the second time she got to wear my dresses from high school…Moms rock.”
From Wedding to Prom
This image is particularly touching because this teen opted for her mom’s vintage dress but it wasn’t a prom dress at all! Instead, this teen wore her mom’s wedding dress to her prom.
It might be a little shocking to see a long red dress used for a wedding rather than a white one but it wasn’t always this shocking. Apparently, wedding dresses weren’t popularly white until 1840 which Queen Victoria made it popular. Before that, red was a common choice.
A Little Bit of Lace
There’s no wonder that this prom dress looks so good later on – the style is timeless! Not only does it prescribe to the black gown standard of formal attire but it has beautiful details to boot.
This mom posted these pictures with the caption, “Who knew my only daughter would wear MY prom dress 22 years later! She looked absolutely beautiful!” We have to say, the dress is gorgeous and both women wear it well. The lacing around the neckline makes a particularly great statement.
Homemade With Love
When this mom shared these two photos, she stated, “Prom 1980-something, prom 2016.” Even sweeter, she mentioned that the dress was even a little more sentimental than it looks at first glance.
The dress wasn’t originally purchased for a prom either but rather made. Not only did this teen get a chance to wear a gown her mother wore to her own prom, but it’s a dress that her grandmother made as well! Plus, how lucky are they that the dress fits through the generations?
While this mother didn’t quite get the chance to see her daughter wear her dress to her own prom, she did get the chance to see her in the dress.
“She didn’t wear it to prom but I at least got her to try it on and stand in the same spot the morning of her prom day at my parents’ house…20 years later.” Honestly, it’s impressive not only that they both look great but that they managed to get the same picture as well!
White on White
This teen shows us that not every timeless dress has to feature a darker color scheme. Instead, this mother-daughter pair decided to both rock a white floor-length gown to their proms.
The side-by-side pictures were posted with the caption, “I think it’s the most beautiful, but I’m a little biased toward my own family…circa 1987 and 2017.” We particularly love the fact that while the gown stayed the same and these two ladies’ dates wore matching roses, they shook up the tux colors.
Pretty in Pink
This pink dress is a fun, bright choice for prom and this mother and daughter shared their preference for their bubbly formal dresses through the generations.
“Some may recognize the dress Roxanne wore to prom. I wore the dress in 1988 to my senior military ball. I am sure we have a few pictures at my mom’s of me in the dress but this is the one I have. We had no alterations to the dress,” this mother posted. How convenient!
Glamorous in Green
We actually got to see this look thanks to a third party. The picture was posted with the caption, “My little sister decided to wear my mom’s prom dress for her prom this year and it’s making me so emotional.”
Black and green aren’t used together too often for prom dresses but after seeing this, we think it should definitely be a bigger trend! The daughter even made a bold, vintage choice when she added elbow-length opera gloves to the prom – a gamble that paid off!
Keep it Classic
When this young woman was getting ready for her prom, she pulled her mom’s old prom dress out and struck gold. This stunning gown takes confidence and pretty good taste to pull off.
The dress itself is already impressively patterned, drawing the eye more than a simple black dress would on its own. In addition, the abdomen cutout is an interesting touch that makes this dress memorable. Plus, the additional fabric around the abdomen adds to how dynamic the design is.
This proud mama posted these two pictures of herself and her daughter wearing the same prom dress, 17 years apart captioned, “Who wore it better??? Love that my baby is wearing my 17-year-old dress.”
We have to say, choosing who did wear this dress better is pretty close to impossible since both women pulled it off so well. They also breathed their own style into this dress at each prom. While mom rocked long locks, the daughter opted for an elegant updo.
Patterned for Prom
This mother and daughter took the chance at their proms to go above and beyond to show off their love for the timeless pattern of polka dots.
Her mom posted the picture with the description, “Estee went to prom tonight wearing my senior prom dress from 1991! Beautiful girls, awesome dress!” We also appreciate that this polka dot dress uses a sash to show off a different dotted pattern and the asymmetrical skirt length.
Made for Generations
Once again, this teen is here to show us that some styles are timeless when she wore her mom’s prom dress to her own prom a generation later.
Again, this dress is timeless, in part, thanks to its color and cut. The body of the dress is black and its classy collar gives it a bit of color and pop. Even though this teen didn’t tailor her dress too much to bring this vintage choice into the modern era, it withstands the test of time.
Red as a Rose
This time, it was a proud dad that posted about his wife and daughter on social media. He captioned it, “My wife and I 1997 prom, our daughter’s 2017 prom same dress!”
Both photos show this dress in mint condition despite them being taken 20 years apart. Plus, the dress itself is absolutely gorgeous from the color of the gown to the cut and even the plunging neckline that is finished off with a small gem to complete the look.
This simple black dress working through the generations is another example of how a dress can last through generations and still look perfect in the prom pictures.
This black dress is ankle-length with a plunging neckline that makes it absolutely stunning. However, it’s made all the more impressive by the intricate beading on the dress. We can see it a little better in the 1995 picture of the mother wearing the dress but the beading also catches the light.
What a Beautiful Gown
This mother and daughter pair wore the same dress years apart and both of them look like they’re rocking a brand new look.
Posted with, “Share as my daughter wore mine just this past Sat[urday]! My prom 1996, hers 2017,” it really shows that a good dress never goes out of style. There are a few alterations between the photos such as a lengthened skirt slit but both women made it their own!
A Pop of Red
Let’s be real here — this is one stylish mother-daughter duo. The mother (on the left) wore this red, sequin number to her senior prom in 1994.
Still, she knew that it was too nice a dress to give away or get rid of as the years passed. And it’s a good thing she felt that way! 22 years later, in 2016, her daughter (on the right) revived the same dress and looked just as stunning as mama bear did decades before.
You’ve Got a Peach of My Heart
So many things popped out at us as we were looking at this split of a mother and daughter wearing the same dress years apart. Not only does this mother-daughter duo look extremely alike but both of their dates have eerily similar features as well.
Then again, you know what they say — “history repeats itself.” In any case, we can understand why this daughter decided to dust this little number off to wear to her prom. After all, this peach gown really is timeless!
How fantastic is this strapless tulle gown?! It’s so simple yet so elegant, and those royal blue accents make the dress absolutely pop! On the left is a mother wearing the gown to prom in 1988.
On the right, her daughter is wearing the same exact dress to her senior prom in 2016! The best part? She had to make zero alterations to the dress because she and her mom are the same exact size! Some things really just work out perfectly, don’t they?
Lady in Red
Despite the fact that the left picture is a tad bit blurry — ya know, being that it was 1989 and everything — it’s clear where the daughter (on the right) gets her radiant smile from. In fact, it looks like this gal got most of her features from that beautiful mother of hers.
And considering that they look so much alike, why shouldn’t they wear the same dress 25 years apart? After all, it’s a classic number whether it’s 1989 or 2014!
Peplum Is Still In
There’s no denying that this royal blue, peplum dress was the ultimate style in the ’80s. Even with that being said, though, it’s clear that this little number hasn’t gone out of style. After all, this daughter (on the right) recreated her mother’s senior prom look with a modern touch.
Although she decided to ditch both the black hand gloves and stockings that her mother once wore, this gal rocked this ensemble and undoubtedly made her mother very proud.
Revamped and Worn Again
How adorable is this mommy-daughter duo? While this may not entirely look like the same dress, it turns out that it is, just years apart! In order to give it a modern feel, the daughter (on the right) revamped and made alterations to the very gown that her mother wore to her own senior prom!
It’s clear that this dress — which is now just a tad less puffy and slightly shorter — holds a lot of sentiment for these two beautiful ladies.
A Timeless Piece
From this photo, it’s pretty clear that some looks just never go out of style. Although this mother and daughter wore the same dress 22 years apart, there’s no denying that this dress works whether it’s 1995 or 2017. After all, they both look absolutely stunning.
While mama bear went for a half-up half-down hairstyle, her daughter decided to wear her hair completely down with a bedazzled headband — and, of course, a touch of red dye to match the dress!
Puffy Sleeves No More
If we’re being honest here, the photo on the left totally screams the ’90s. And while the puffy sleeves are no longer exactly “in,” we’re sure glad that this mother decided to hold onto her prom dress. Why?
Well, years later, her daughter ended up finding it hidden in the back of the closet. After making some minor changes to the gown to fit her own style, she wore it to her own senior prom and looked undeniably radiant!
Call us crazy but the daughter (on the right) is a spitting image of her mother (on the left), especially when she’s wearing that dress! Speaking of this form-fitting gown — we think we just fell in love.
After all, it’s a deep red velvet ensemble with a mesh accent around the waist and a slit going up the thigh. Now, that’s what we call style! It’s clear that these ladies think so too, judging from their beautifully confident smiles!
Repurposed & Loving It
Why spend money on a new dress when you can just shop in your mother’s closet? Well, that’s exactly what this gal did. Years after mommy dearest wore her prom dress in 1987, her daughter found it sitting up in the closet collecting dust.
She thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to wear something completely different than everyone else so she repurposed the puffy-sleeved ’80s gown to give it a much more contemporary feel. Between the “new” dress and those awesome sneakers, we can only assume that this gal turned heads at her own prom.
It’s not every day that you find a gown as stunning as this one. With that being said, it makes sense as to why this mother (on the left) held onto it years after her own prom. While simple, there’s no denying that this dress screams elegance — with its forest green color, v-neckline, and thigh-high split.
Despite the fact that it was worn almost two decades apart, mother in 1998 and daughter in 2017, we really don’t see this going out of style anytime soon.
We hate to say it but it certainly looks like mama bear (on the right) was much happier wearing this gown to her senior prom in 1999 than her daughter is now. Between its color and cut, we can definitely say that this is a special gown.
And both of these ladies are absolutely rocking it, even if the daughter doesn’t think she is. In any case, we’re glad that mommy dearest here decided to hold onto the dress. Without her, we wouldn’t have this precious side-by-side photo!
Point-Toed Heels to Peep-Toed Pumps
This mother-daughter duo are absolute visions in this black satin gown! If it weren’t for the quality of the photo on the left to give it away, we’d say that this is the same gal. After all, the daughter (on the right) made no alterations whatsoever to the dress as she and her mother are luckily the same sizes!
In fact, the only things she did differently for her junior prom was were her hair down rather than in an updo, and swapped out the pointy-toed heels for peep-toed pumps!
Okay, we know that said we fell in love with another dress, but we think that we may have actually found the one! In all honesty, this dress is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Not only is it unique but it’s also completely eye-catching — we can’t stop looking at it!
It’s no wonder why this mom decided to keep the dress even after attending her junior prom in 1990. It’s as if she knew that years later in 2014, she’d have a daughter that would want to wear the exact same dress to her own prom!
Time & Time Again
Ugh, is this dress not gorgeous or what?! It makes no difference that this mama wore the gown to her senior prom in 1996 and that her daughter wore it 21 years later in 2017. Despite the two decades, this dress still hasn’t gone out of style — and we honestly don’t think it will, for that matter.
With its beautiful neckline and eye-catching accents, not to mention that thigh-high split, it’s hard for us to believe that this gown can’t be worn time and time again. After all, this mother-daughter duo just happens to be proving our point…
A Change of Accessories
Let’s be real, here — this blue sequin gown looks amazing on both ladies. While it’s pretty obvious that these photos were taken years apart from each other, there’s no denying that this spaghetti strap dress works no matter what year it is.
How amazing is it that just a simple change of accessories can completely transform a dress to fit the trends of that time period? While mommy dearest went with a decked out shawl to cover up her shoulders, her daughter went for a bare-shoulder look…
Everyone knows that the color black is an absolute classic and undeniably timeless. That could be the reason why this mama bear decided to hold onto her satin dress even after her prom night as she knew that this piece could be worn again — and that it was.
This time, though, it was worn by her beautiful daughter. While this mom completed her whole look with an updo hairstyle, though, her daughter decided to go with loose curls for a more laid-back appearance.
That’s How We Do it in Texas
Here we have a stunning mother-daughter duo from Texas. According to Twitter user @KrystinMullins7, she and her mother wore the same exact dress — 20 years apart — to their prom at Crowley High School. The best part about all of this?
Krystin’s younger sister carried on the tradition by wearing the same gown to her prom just a few short years later! And who can blame these ladies? Their mother chose a stunning dress so, it makes sense as to why they wanted to keep this ritual alive!
A Modern Touch to a Classic Look
As soon as we saw this side-by-side comparison of a mother and a daughter in the same dress just years apart, we couldn’t help but let out a sigh of amazement. There’s no denying that they both look absolutely stunning.
What’s more, though, is the fact that these ladies gave the gown a completely different look with only a few small details. Rather than wearing white point-toed heels and carrying around a bouquet of flowers with blue accents, this daughter swapped those accessories for open-toed pumps and a red clutch.
The Perfect Combination of Baby Blue & Lavender
Aren’t these two women an absolute vision? Don’t let the quality of the picture on the left deceive you. This mom and daughter are, in fact, wearing the same gown. And, of course, we’re absolutely loving it!
This prom dress has the most classic of features — from the baby blue-lavender color to the elegant print and even the way that the gown cinches in at the waist, making for an utterly timeless piece. Let’s just hope this gal decides to hold onto the dress for her potential future daughters.
From Sass to Smiles
How cute is this mommy-daughter duo?! Despite the fact that this mama originally wore her prom dress during the ’80s, there’s no way anyone can deny the fact that this piece lives up to the trends of today. After all, just look at her daughter!
She looks just as stunning as her mother did over 20 years beforehand! What we truly love about this side-by-side comparison, though, is how their personalities completely shine through — from sass to smiles!
Refined to Punk Rock
As if this list wasn’t already impressive enough, this mom and daughter prove that, yet again, some looks will never go out of style. All it takes is a few changes in accessories. While mama bear here went for a more refined look — with dangly earrings and a simple necklace — her daughter took on a more punk rock approach.
Not only did she swap out silver for a black choker, but she also completed her look with a pair of Converse sneakers rather than a strappy heel.
Call us crazy but this gown is giving us serious ‘Wizard of Oz ruby slippers’ vibes, and we honestly can’t get enough! After all, both this mom and daughter look absolutely incredible in this eye-catching, red dress despite the 26-year gap.
According to mama bear here, “This pic of me in the dress was taken in 1993 […] I’d say it held up well! Never in my wildest dreams did I think Tori would ask to wear it to her prom.”
1981 to 2013
We know what you guys are thinking. This doesn’t look like the same gown. Well, whether you believe it or not, it’s very much the same dress with a few minor alterations.
While mommy dearest here wore the white gown at full length to her 1981 prom, the daughter added her own modern spin on it by getting it hemmed above her knees. Still, she made sure to hold onto the best features — the lacey straps and heart-shaped neckline.
If we’re being honest here, it seems as though this daughter is way happier wearing this prom dress than her mom was back in the day — or perhaps, she just didn’t want to take any photos at that moment hence the lack of enthusiasm that’s written across her face.
Nonetheless, there’s no denying that both ladies look absolutely breathtaking in this powder blue gown. Not only does it feature a frilly neckline, but it also includes a ribbon accent around the waist.
Recreating the Past
We’d be lying if we said that this mom and daughter don’t look eerily similar. If we didn’t know any better, we’d think we’re looking at the same photo.
Not only did this daughter wear her mother’s royal blue gown to her own prom, but she also recreated the exact pictures that her mom had taken years before. Despite the fact that they have slightly different complexions, they both look like an absolute dream in this ’80s-esque gown.
The Greatest Alterations Ever Made
Alright, so, this may have not been a prom dress exactly but this side-by-side comparison is too good not to share. We all know how expensive wedding dresses can be so, it makes sense as to why this mom decided to hold onto hers over the years.
Little did she know that her gorgeous daughter would find a way to reinvent it so many years later. We mean, how gorgeous are these alterations?! So chic yet so fierce!
The 1980s Are Back!
What?! Is this side-by-side comparison not mind-boggling?! This mom and daughter have almost all of the same features. The only thing setting them apart is the color of their hair. In any case, they both look absolutely stunning in this form-fitting red dress.
And although a few years ago, we could probably do without the puffy sleeves — a dead giveaway that the gown is from the 1980s — it seems like this feature is actually coming back into style.
While this floral dress isn’t necessarily the most classic piece to make the list, we have to admit that it works just as well in the 2000s as it did back in the ’70s. This mama bear wore the prom dress with her hair down and completed the entire look with a bouquet of flowers.
Her daughter, on the other hand, is rocking the piece with her hair tightly pulled back into a bun. Either way, we’re absolutely in love with this dress.
These photos might have been taken almost 20 years apart from each other but it’s hard to ignore the fact that this mom and daughter look nearly identical, especially in this classic black gown.
Aside from the addition of spaghetti straps and a new light pink, satin belt, this daughter has kept her mama’s dress exactly the same — and they both look like a dream. Both mommy dearest and her daughter completed the entire look with a few simple accessories.
Belle of the Ball
Sometimes, fashion doesn’t work years later but, as we’ve learned so far, sometimes the concept of fashion being transient just doesn’t hold up.
While we don’t quite get an official prom picture for the daughter in this case, we do have this picture the mom snapped with the caption, “My oldest daughter trying on my prom dress a couple of years ago.” It’s a stunning gown, even if it does look a little more yellow in the second picture, that would make anyone the belle of the ball.
Mom’s Got Your Back
This mom shared her daughter ready for prom, surprisingly in the same dress she wore to her own USMC ball back in 1995.
This wasn’t exactly planned either. When this teen ordered her original prom dress, it left something to be desired. So, she raided her mom’s closet while she was at work, took the old dress to a tailor, and revamped it into a new design to wear it to her own prom. She rocked it too!
Same Dress, Same Pose
This mother and daughter went all the way with this shared dress. Rather than just stopping at wearing the same garment, they even struck the same pose with their dates!
The dress was first worn by the mother when she was 17 years old and heading out for her prom in 1987. When her daughter wore it again, she proved that good taste never goes out of style in this pink dress with a white lace overlay.
Best in Blue
When it comes to prom dresses, you have plenty of room to explore with the color, cut, and general design. This mother-daughter duo used color to their advantage and rocked a vibrant blue.
Posted with the caption, “This vintage prom dress is 23 years old. Glad it got to dance again,” we’re pretty glad too since both women look stunning at their respective proms. Plus, while a plunging neckline is popular, this high neckline is absolutely stunning.
Back in Black
To round off our list, we have one more black dress that managed to remain timeless and breathtaking. Even though this teen borrowed from her mom’s closet for prom, you’d never be able to tell!
Like many of the timeless dresses on this list, this dress opts for a slim silhouette and an all-black color palette. The floor-length gown even shakes it up a bit with a neckline featuring an interesting cut and some intricate beading.
While weddings can be a source of stress and panic for many, extra dedicated brides who take the time to add “make my wedding dress” to their to-do lists are especially ready for the challenge. Keep reading to see how these brides-to-be got their creative juices flowing…
Modern Modifications to Mom’s Wedding Dress
When this bride inherited her mother’s old wedding dress, she didn’t think twice of it at the time. She was set on seeking out her own brand new dress. However, after many disappointing searches, she came to realize that she could simply make her own dream dress. So, she went back to her mother’s gown. Soon enough, with some inspiration and careful planning, the bride had her dress. The thirty-year-old gown was completely transformed, but without wasting a single element of the original fabric.
Chi Krneta began crocheting on her bus commute home from work to pass the time but didn’t realize that she would soon be crafting her own wedding gown. For five months, her pastime became a special project. For just the low cost of the materials, she soon had a beautiful gown. This intricate design was one of Chi’s very own — she didn’t use any specific pattern while making her dress but has since posted one online for the many fans she acquired after her story went viral.
Delicate Lace Dress
Instead of buying a wedding dress that cost upwards of thousands of dollars, this DIY bride decided to take matters into her own hands. Before she started on the dress, she knew she needed to be sure it was a perfect fit. With her fiancé’s help, she soon had a mannequin made of duct tape — thanks to a YouTube tutorial — and enough fabric to begin the project. The final result? Gorgeous!
A Modern Twist to a Vintage Gown
While this bride was delighted to find a beautiful vintage wedding dress for just $50, she realized some changes were necessary if she was going to find the perfect fit and show off her true style. By removing the sleeves and the high neck and fitting the bodice to her figure, the dress was transformed from an antique find to a classically detailed gown — perfect for this bride’s special day.
DIY Dress Success
Choosing to make one’s own wedding dress can be a bold choice, especially without moral support. But, this bride didn’t falter even though her friends and family didn’t think her endeavor would be worthwhile. Turns out her DIY dress was a smashing success. With several meters of fabric and a plan to craft her dream dress, the bride shocked everyone on her big day with her stylish — and well-made — gown.
Classic and Colorful
For her big day, this bride-to-be wanted to make sure her dress reflected her personal style. Thus, she decided to make her own gown. After a few trips to the fabric store and the unique find of an antique white gown, the perfect dress was born. Colorful tulle under the bottom hem of this princess dress added just the right touch of whimsy for this bride and groom, who each wore coordinating red shoes for an extra pop.
Bride-to-be Maya worked with a seamstress and her own special design to craft the perfect dress for her wedding, which was to take place on a beautiful cliffside in Israel. From the gown to the veil, Maya played a key role in making this dress match her dream. For her headpiece, Maya incorporated a vintage Dior necklace from the 1970s. She found it at a shop in Paris, and because the city meant so much to her and her fiancé, she had to make it the key detail on her glamorous veil.
Revamping Mother’s Wedding Dress
When Erica tried on her mother’s dress from the ’80s, it took her a while to see the vision of what it could be. However, with the help of a talented seamstress, Erica was able to transform this family keepsake into a modern gown for her 2018 wedding. While adjusting the open back, taking in the sleeves, and fitting the skirt to Erica’s shape, she and her seamstress — Lisa — still managed to maintain the original lace of the dress. The classic shape was intact but with enough updates to truly fit Erica’s personal style.
Autumnal Mermaid Theme
This couple had a flair for fantasy, so the bride-to-be knew she wanted to incorporate those themes into her dream wedding. By hand designing and crafting not just her own dress, but her husband’s suit and party decorations, she kept busy but was proud of her work. In her fall-themed gown with nautical mermaid touches, this bride was able to capture the day’s special moments in photos to be treasured forever.
YouTube is a great place to learn how to do just about anything — and that includes making your own wedding dress. This bride took on the challenge herself and decided to follow a tutorial by Nick Verreos. Because she was able to customize as she went, she ended up with a gown perfect for her shape and style. And all the delicate lace and tedious sewing? Totally worth it for an unforgettable dress.
Balenciaga-Inspired Wedding Gown
This bride had always loved designing classic clothing pieces with a ’50s feel. For her wedding, she knew she had to incorporate her favorite style. A haute couture suit from Cristobal Balenciaga, the late Spanish designer, became the template for her wedding gown. In her intricately detailed dress with precision embroidery, she poses next to her groom on the big day. The sleek silhouette and flared skirt of the dress are complemented by vintage jewelry and delicate flowers.
Beaded Bodice Wedding Dress
A dancer and artist at heart, this bride shocked no one when she decided to design her own wedding dress. Still, the end result undoubtedly turned heads. She created the silk skirt and intricate bodice as two pieces, leaving the skirt simple and flowing while adding precision rhinestone detail to the top. By using her own pattern for the beading, the bride was able to express her true artistic self throughout the making of the dress. And it showed — she looks happier than ever pictured here on her special day.
Traditional Indian Wedding Dress
This bride’s traditional Indian wedding gown has a special handmade touch. On each piece of the dress, there are design embellishments that illustrate the bride and groom’s love story, from its beginning to the present day. The skirt itself has the couple’s names carefully handstitched in Zari thread. The gown was a highlight of the wedding day and will sure to be a treasured keepsake for years to come.
Colorful Gradient Wedding Dress
This bride’s larger-than-life personality required her to do something extra special with her wedding dress in order to let it shine through. She decided to try her hand at customizing the dress herself, and thus began the process of airbrushing a colorful gradient starting from the hem up. Even though she felt unsure at the start of the process, the bride quickly gained more confidence and used it to create a stunning one-of-a-kind wedding gown.
Beautiful Short Wedding Dress
Bride and wedding dress designer, Brooks Ann Camper, had long been making wedding gowns for her friends and family as part of her successful design business. When it came time for her own special day, it was only natural for her to begin thinking about designing her own. She decided to switch it up and opt for a short design when it came to her own wedding dress, and the results spoke for themselves. This bride looked beautiful and classic in her custom-made knee-length dress.
Gold Sequin Wedding Dress
This bride wanted to be sure her wedding dress made a splash on her big day. To achieve this look, she spent countless hours customizing her simple white dress with gold sequins and rhinestones. In addition to its unique and flattering silhouette, the dress would now sparkle and glisten under the ceremony lights. It’s safe to say that the bride’s time and effort was well spent in creating this memorable gown.
This bride and her fiancé committed to designing their wedding to their tastes and tight budget. With the help of friends and family, the couple planned handmade decorations, bouquets, wedding cake, and most importantly — the bride’s dress. The final result culminated in beautiful photos of the couple celebrating each other and their hard work. The bride undeniably stands out in her delicate lace gown with colorful green lining and pink heels.
Vintage Floral Handmade Wedding Gown
This classic bride adores the vintage floral designs of gowns from the ’50s and ’60s. For her wedding day, she decided to take this inspiration and use it to her to design her own dress by hand. On her special day, this bride looked beautiful in a youthful yet classic dress design, complete with a floral pattern and matching headpiece. In photos, she looks like something out of a storybook — she will certainly look back on her hard work with admiration.
Fun Cocktail Dress
This bride wanted a fun and different approach to her wedding dress. While on the hunt for the perfect gown, she came across a vintage traditional wedding gown that she realized had tons of potential. With lots of hard work and patience, the bride elegantly transformed the antique dress into a playful cocktail-style wedding gown. She even used extra fabric pieces from the original to design a matching headband.
White Wedding Dress Gets a Makeover
This bride renovated her own wedding dress from its traditional white style to punk rock and colorful. By cutting the dress into a high-low shape to show off her legs and adding splashes of green and purple paint, she took wedding wear to the next level. She even cut and colored her hair to complement the new look and made sure to take before and after photos to show off the remarkable transformation.
Yellow Gradient Wedding Gown
Incorporating your favorite color into your wedding dress is a simple but impactful way to make it truly your own — at least, that’s what this bride discovered when she customized her own wedding gown. For her special day, she accented not just the bridal party and venue with her favorite color yellow, but hand-dyed a gradient yellow pattern on the dress itself. Against a rustic natural background, this bride shines on her special day.
Fantasy Blue Wedding Dress
The bride and groom of this fantasy-themed wedding went all out in terms of style on their special day. Next to the groom’s blue medieval look, the bride in her hand-dyed blue wedding dress looks straight from a fairytale. To match her blue-tipped hair and custom blue and purple bouquet, the bride added her own dye design and lace embellishments to the wedding gown to make it the perfect fit for the occasion.
Bohemian-Inspired Wedding Dress for a Natural Bride
This simple and flowing white dress was taken up a notch for this outdoor wedding. Bride-to-be decided to customize her bohemian-style wedding dress by adding her favorite color, blue. To do so, she created a gradient of dark navy to ocean blue up from the bottom of the skirt. She knew she needed a way to add her own style to her wedding, and it turns out she nailed it by custom-dying her wedding gown. Next to the water on her wedding day, this bride appears to be one with nature.
This bride, Emma, knew she needed a very special designer to make her the dress of her dreams for her wedding day. That’s why she turned to her sister, renowned bridal designer, as well as a group of friends to collaborate on the perfect gown. The final result? A stunning wedding dress with a simple open back and tons of hand-stitched ruffles on the skirt. Because so many people played a part in making this dress, it will surely be a keepsake for legacies to come.
Two-Piece Wedding Dress Sewed by Bride
Even without much sewing experience, this bride was determined to custom make her own wedding dress. With some patience and practice, she was able to pull off a stunning design with lace embellishments. The two-piece gown may have been the bride’s first handmade garment, but it was a special one that deserved much care and attention. And in the end, she got her dream dress that will always bring back memories of her wedding day.
From the ’80s to Modern Day
This bride tried on a classic ’80s-style wedding dress and saw it not for what it was, but for what it could be. She knew that with the help of a talented tailor, she would be able to design her own dream wedding gown using this outdated piece. By removing the sleeves and adding a crinoline underneath the skirt for structure, the tailor left the bride with a modern, elegant wedding dress for the big day.
Passed Down From Mother to Daughter
When this bride tried on her mother’s vintage wedding dress, she didn’t expect to find that some components of the style truly inspired her. To her mother’s surprise, she agreed to wear the dress under the premise that she would make significant changes. She kept the core inspiration of the dress the same but altered the shape to be more modern and flattering on her shape. She also changed the veil and removed the sleeves, while still maintaining the original lace accents.
45-Year-Old Dress Looks Stunning on Modern Bride
This bride wanted to get married in a vintage gown more than 40 years old, but she wanted to be sure that her personal style would shine through. She chose to make some custom changes to the classic garment in order to build her perfect dress. By keeping the original print of the bodice intact and fitting the silk skirt to her shape, the bride was able to create a simple modern gown perfect for the occasion.
Designer Turned Bride-to-Be
Madalynne, an intimates and lingerie designer, embarked on a journey to create her own wedding dress out of muslin material and a basic pattern. She documented the journey on her design blog and the results were outstanding. She photographed the alterations every step of the way so her readers could see each stage. Even before its completion, the shape of the dress and its natural fit looked great on the bride-to-be.
Mom’s Wedding Gown Gets a Western-Inspired Update
This country bride wanted to wear her mother’s wedding gown on her big day, but also wanted to incorporate more western-inspired touches to the garment. After some necessary planning and creativity, she was able to make a few simple but impactful changes. By shortening the sleeves and the total length, without losing the original lace, the bride was able to transform the original dress’s style to fit her best. With cowboy boots and simple accessories, the end result was beautiful.
Accessory Swap Turned Vintage Dress Into Something New
This bride loved her mom’s original wedding dress so much that she didn’t want to change much before putting it on for her wedding day. Once it was fit to the bride’s shape, she committed to leaving everything intact except for the accessories. By changing the veil from its original state to something longer and more elegant, the bride was able to add her own flair to her mom’s beloved keepsake dress.
Bride-to-Be Customizes ’80s Wedding Dress
With just a few simple changes, this voluminous ’80s wedding dress turned into a modern beauty. This inspired bride got to work on her DIY wedding dress by removing the puffy sleeves, altering the shape of the bodice, and adding a simple jeweled belt. These changes sound small but made a huge impact. The end result was a delicate lace wedding gown that perfectly fit the bride, her style, and the tone for the big day.
’70s Dress Gets a Modern Twist for Wedding
This bride absolutely loved her mother’s ’70s-style wedding dress that she tried on before her big day. However, it needed just a bit of work before it would fit properly and also reflect the bride’s true style and personality. By removing the sleeves, altering the neckline, and swapping out the headpieces, the bride was able to create a modern wedding gown from her beloved ’70s inspiration.
Bride Chooses Vintage Dress as DIY Inspiration
This bride was set on finding her dream dress for her wedding. When she tried on this vintage gown with voluminous train, sleeves, and veil, she was surprised to fall in love with it. To keep the original feel of the dress and still make enough changes to fit the bride-to-be, she opted to maintain the structured collar and open neckline. The final result was a fitted modern gown with a vintage-inspired neckline that was sure to make a statement.
Bride-to-Be Customizes Her Antique Lace Dress
This bride tried on a vintage dress and knew it would be hers for her big day. However, she also knew that she wanted to maintain just one true element of the dress while changing the rest to reflect her personal style and best fit. That’s why the original delicate lace pattern of the bodice was left intact for the modern wedding. So, while the dress looked brand new, the bride was happy to have held on to the lace as a nod to the original garment.
A Knitted Masterpiece
Here we have yet another beautiful bride that chose to go down the route of knitting her own wedding dress for the big day. Not only does the gown look mega comfortable but the details — from the unique plum color of the dress itself to the white overskirt and even the bejeweled belt — are absolutely incredible. And it’s clear that the bride herself thought so, too. Whether that smile is due to the fact that she made her own dress or because she’s marrying her best friend, there’s no denying she’s full of pride.
This particular bride designed and handmade her own wedding dress over the course of eight months, using an online tutorial site. According to the gal herself, “It’s not perfect at all, and I ripped the mesh a bit during some aggressive dancing…but I did it and that’s what counts!” And we really couldn’t agree more! Kelsie here put in the hard work and effort into making something special of her own, and it’s absolutely gorgeous! We mean, look at all the detail that went into this gown — and those sleeves are to die for!
Just because this wedding dress is unconventional doesn’t make it any less beautiful. In fact, we love how much it stands out. According to the bride herself, she “made this dress with a Vogue Pattern […] For fabric, I used a cotton satin with a silver finishing on the surface to give off a bridal look. The choice of color was based off of the jacket of my husband.” In order to show the step-by-step process of how she made the dress, this gal even posted a video via YouTube!
If we’re being honest here, we’d love for this gal to sew our wedding dress. We adore absolutely everything about this gown — the bohemian-type sleeves, the lace accents, the wrap-around style, and simply how flowy it is. While the bride herself hasn’t revealed much about the process of making her own gown for the big day, it’s clear that she feels as beautiful in this creation as she looks to us. This dress only further proves the point that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look absolutely radiant.
The Dress Has Pockets!
This bride may not have worn white on her wedding day but she looks like an absolute princess — and it’s clear that she feels it, too. The best part? She added pockets to her gown, and what gal doesn’t love pockets?! According to the beauty herself, she “added the sash and antique brooch for fun! Bolero [jacket] is hand sewn and lined with silk organza. Fabric is silk dupioni from Silk Baron and beaded lace from Mood Fabrics.” And that, ladies, is how you own your wedding day!
Completed the Day Before Her Wedding
Okay, so, how awesome is this dress?! Not only is this gown beautifully unique, but according to the bride herself, it was made in the nick of time! Being that she’s a fashion designer, she wanted to make something of her own. The interesting part, though, is that “I didn’t make my dress ’till a day to my wedding, I was busy making clothes for other people…” Knowing those details, we’re nothing short of impressed that she was able to create something so striking in such little time!
Let’s be real here, people — this dress is elegant, clean, and special in every way. According to a Reddit post that the bride had posted on, her now-husband proposed to her after Thanksgiving. That’s when she began working on her handmade, crocheted gown. It was only four weeks later that she and her beau exchanged “I dos” at their local town hall. Aside from the fact that this creation is one of a kind, this gal looks absolutely radiant and so ecstatic to be marrying her best friend!
Wow! We’re absolutely in love with this color scheme! Not only did this bride create her own gown but she also made the attire for her whole wedding party, as well as for her now-husband! With that, we think it’s safe to say that this gal has quite a lot of patience! In any event, according to the bride herself, all the patterns are self-drafted. She made her bridesmaids’ dresses, as well as her own, using a silk jersey blend. And she added beading and gemstones to the lace for a touch of sparkle.
27 Yards of Hem
How radiant does the bride look? And understandably so considering that she not only married the love of her life, but she also designed her own wedding gown for the big day! She has no idea how long it took her to actually create and complete the dress — it must have taken quite a while — but she does know that she used 27 yards of hem to make it happen! The skirt is made of panels of circle skirt pieced together. The upper bodice is boned with three layers of fabric, and a lace bodice over the top.
A Fairy Princess
The first thought that came to mind after seeing this bride in her masterpiece of a gown is of a fairy princess! We mean, she’s absolutely glowing, is she not?! This gown is the perfect combination of simple and classically elegant. And we can’t forget to mention the details — the shape of the neckline, the floral pattern streaming down the tulle skirt, the mesh accents. It’s just all incredible, and truly no wonder why it took the bombshell around 50 to 60 hours to complete this work of art.
A Liking for Teal
Call us crazy but we’re getting the impression that this bride is really into teal, and we can’t say we blame her because she’s totally rocking it! Apparently, the process of making this dress wasn’t all that simple. Although she only made one mock-up for the skirt, this beauty ended up creating five different mock-ups for the top! She tried out a few different styles before deciding on the final one. In order to have the teal accent low enough to show, she hacked two crinolines — a structured petticoat designed to hold out a woman’s skirt — together.
So, it turns out that the bride herself didn’t actually design and create the gown herself. It was actually her sister that created this masterpiece — what an amazing sibling! In any case, she used about 100 yards of tulle, and probably another 50 yards of crinoline and netting in order to make this work of art. Although she hasn’t revealed just how long it took her to design this gown, we do know that she learned much of her technique using YouTube tutorials.
A Few Bucks Can Go a Long Way
There’s no denying — that after looking at the before-and-after of this wedding dress — this bride is super creative. According to her Reddit post, she spent $25 on this wedding dress from 1986. In order to make her dream dress, she got rid of the ruffle using a seam ripper. She also opened up the lace more, added a skirt on top of the existing dress from a different dress that her friend had thrifted, and completed the whole look with a belt accent made from lace.
The first thing that caught our eye about this wedding dress is the textured fabric. How cool is that?! The bride started off with an organza brocade fabric — essentially a geometric texture. Since the material is sheer, she “decided to use it as an overlay for a more opaque fabric, which ended up being a hammered silk satin.” The process definitely wasn’t simple as she had to sew every piece together with the two fabrics ahead of time to create each piece that she worked with. Still, she created a masterpiece so we can only assume it was worth the time and effort.
A Complete Transformation
There was a lot going on in this mother’s old wedding dress. But her daughter, the bride-to-be, tried it on and loved it enough to want to wear it on her big day. To make it her own, the bride decided to remove the sleeves and alter the neckline while incorporating even more of a mermaid shape to the skirt. In the end, the bride looked absolutely beautiful in her mother’s wedding dress turned new.
Bride Customizes Own Vintage Wedding Dress
When this bride tried on this vintage wedding dress with ruffle sleeves, she immediately saw the potential it had if she could just make a few minor tweaks to the dress’s shape. She soon got to work, altering the high neckline and lightening the weight of the sleeves. Though the major components of the original dress are still intact, the revised garment fits the bride much better and has a more modern feel.
Antique Wedding Dress Gets a Silhouette Update
This bride customized her own wedding dress by taking this antique gown with lace sleeves and a ruffled skirt, and updating its shape. With a better fit and a new silhouette that gave the dress a more modern feel, the bride was still able to maintain much of the original lace and the neckline. In photos, it’s hard to believe the new dress could have come from the original, but the end result was a win for this beautiful bride.
I Got it From My Mama
This bride-to-be altered her mother’s beloved vintage wedding gown for her special day. It didn’t take much to completely transform the style of the gown — the bride removed the original lace sleeves and hemmed the skirt to end up with a totally new dress. The scoop neckline of the original dress was maintained through the alterations and gives the new DIY gown a hint of what once was.
Handmade Vintage Lace
This bride, Kelly, is the owner of KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer. In addition to helping countless others find perfect fits for their weddings, she decided to design her own dress when it came time for her special day. Here she is in her handmade vintage lace gown — she even crafted the cathedral length veil! With a silhouette perfect for her shape and a comfortable skirt to move in, this dress certainly stole the show.