Kelly Ripa Wears Wedding Dress on 20th Anniversary Vacation: 'It Was the Best $199 I've Ever Spent'

"My dress really stood the test of fashion time," the TV host shares

Kelly Ripa made her highly-anticipated return to Live! with Kelly and Michael Tuesday, and after addressing what she called “our long national nightmare,” the host got back to what she does best: Sharing stories about her family.

Ripa recently returned from her 20th anniversary vacation with husband Mark Consuelos, for which she packed one very important piece of clothing — her wedding dress!


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“See that dress,” she said to the audience as a couple vacation shot flashed across the screen. “That’s my wedding dress. And guess what it still fits!”

And the TV host didn’t stress like most brides when it came to picking out her dress. In fact, she wore something that was already hanging in her closet.

“The story behind the dress is I bought it at the Barney’s Warehouse sale,” she explained. “The dress is 25 years old. My marriage is 20 years old. I didn’t buy it as a wedding dress. I just bought it because it was really pretty, and I wanted to buy something from the Barney’s Warehouse sale. I was working on the soap. I didn’t make a lot of money. It was $199 on final clearance sale. ‘Do I eat this week, or do I get this dress.’ Literally, this was the thought process.”

It ended up being the best purchase she ever made.

“I said to myself, ‘I bet if I buy this maybe it will be an investment piece. Maybe I will wear it more than once.’ I swear to you I wear it constantly. It’s a beach cover up now. I wear it all the time. It was the best $199 I ever spent in my life.”

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As for her husband’s wedding look, he didn’t go for traditional groom attire; according to Ripa, he will not be rewearing his wedding outfit anytime soon.

“Mark’s outfit … I have to tell you, my dress really stood the test of fashion time better than his outfit,” she shared. “I don’t even remember what he was wearing. It was like a white linen jacket with a black shawl collar. He looked a little Travolta-y. In a good sexy way, but in a very of them moment, of the time way.”

What do you think of Ripa’s wedding dress re-wear? Do you think it’s a timeless style? Share below.

–Brittany Talarico

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