What To Do With Your Old School Dance Dresses


Do you have a closet full of dresses that you wore to your junior prom, senior prom and homecoming dances? These dresses are often quite expensive and are only typically worn on one occasion before they are returned back to the closet for many years.

If you are someone who has a lot of fancy dresses that you have only worn once, don’t worry as we have put together some tips to help you get some use out of these dresses. Keep reading to find out what to do with your old school dance dresses.

Wear Them Again

You might be under the impression that you can only wear your prom or homecoming dress once, but this is not the case at all. If you still fit into your homecoming dress, then why not wear it to a charity ball or a wedding? Homecoming dresses are often very glamorous and in 2019 they are suitable for many different types of events. There is no need to waste a stunning gown by having it sit in the back of your closet when you could be wearing it out again and again.

Next time you get an invite to a fancy event, consider wearing one of your old school dance dresses again. The chances are that you don’t see many of your school friends now anyway so it will be just like wearing a brand new dress.

Sell Them

Have you ever thought about selling your old school dance dresses? If you have spent a lot of money on these dresses and have only worn them once, then there is a chance that you could make a decent amount of cash on them if you sell them online on eBay. There are many young people who cannot afford to pay for a full price dress and so are willing to buy them second-hand. Not only this but you might also find that people want to wear your dresses to other fancy events rather than just to a school dance.

If you are looking for some extra cash, we suggest that you take your old school dance dresses out of the closet and post them online for a reasonable price. You might even be able to use the cash to buy a new dress for your next fancy event!

Donate Them

One of the best ways to use your old homecoming dresses or prom dresses is to donate them. You will find that there are many charities who aim to provide young girls who can’t afford a dress for a school dance with a second hand one to give them the chance to have a great night and feel amazing. If you want to do something really good, you could gather all of your old school dance dresses and send them their way.

Another way to donate a prom or homecoming dress is to give it to your own daughter. She might love the dress and will enjoy the fact that you wore it to your own prom. Of course, you shouldn’t force this on her as she might want to have her very own dress for the night just like you did back then. Consider donating and you will love the idea that someone else is getting some use out of your old dresses that have only been worn once.


Our final idea for those who have a lot of old school dance dresses in their closet is to consider repurposing them. This is maybe not the best plan for those who have spent a lot of cash on the dresses and don’t want to see them all cut up but otherwise, it can be a great way of creating something new with something old.

Some of the great ideas for repurposing dresses include creating a cushion with parts of the dress or even a blanket made of parts of all of the dresses. This way, you can have a piece of your dresses around at all times but not have them taking up space in your closet. Consider repurposing as this is actually quite good for the environment.

Final Verdict

It can be easy to accumulate a lot of old dresses over the years, especially when you only wear them once and they are in too good of a condition to throw out. Of course, there are many ways that you can use these dresses again. Think about re-wearing some of your homecoming or prom dresses to fancy events or selling them online for some extra cash. Try out some of the ideas that we have discussed in this article to make sure that your closet isn’t just full of old dresses that won’t ever be used again.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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