Thrifty teen wears her mum’s wedding dress to formal

Grace Jeyes borrowed her mother's 20-year-old dress for prom. Photo: Caters

From cycling shorts to slip dresses, the ‘90s continue to inspire the street style set this season and one teenager found the ultimate purse-friendly way to tackle the trend at formal.

Grace Jeyes from Leicester decided against spending money on a new frock and instead, borrowed her mum’s 21-year-old wedding dress for the big day.

When the 18-year-old stumbled across her mother’s gown from 1998, she instantly ‘fell in love with it’ and was pleased to find that it fit perfectly.

The cream dress featured an embroidered bodice and sheer cap sleeves with dainty buttons down the front.

To bring the look into 2019, Grace opted for clashing red platforms with a co-ordinating clutch and lip.

Grace breathed new life into her mum's wedding dress for her prom. Photo: Caters

To make formal a touching moment for her family, she decided to keep the dress a surprise until the night before.

“My mum didn't even know until the eve of the formal and when she saw me in it, she was so happy,” Grace revealed. “The dress means so much to her which made it even more special for me.”

Her mother, Dawn, was left “shocked and extremely flattered” when she first saw her daughter in her special gown.

Grace's mum originally wore the dress on her wedding day. Photo: Caters

“Grace told me she already had a formal dress and didn’t want to shop for another one,” her mum said. “I assumed it was going to be one of her many dresses in her wardrobe, so when she came down in my wedding dress, I was so shocked.”

“She has always liked my wedding dress, but I didn’t think she would ever wear it out,” she added.

The dress proved a hit on the day too, as the teen’s classmates all gave the look a thumbs up.

“My friends and teachers were all complimenting me on my dress as it was different from the rest but nobody believed it was once a wedding dress,” Grace added.

Borrowing from her mum’s wardrobe also means that she can now put the money she’s saved towards driving lessons.

She’s not the first to repurpose a second hand dress, a bride recently made headlines for repurposing a stunning $60 op-shop wedding dress in a thrifty find that saved her thousands.

With additional reporting by Caters News and Danielle Fowler.

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