Kelly Ripa Wears Her $199 Wedding Dress 20 Years Later: 'It Still Fits!'
By Raphael Chestang
After opening with the serious business of addressing Michael Strahan's departure from Live! With Michael and Kelly on Tuesday, co-host Kelly Ripa got right back into the swing of things, dishing on her romantic anniversary getaway with husband Mark Consuelos.
The couple just celebrated 20 years of marital bliss on a pre-planned trip to Turks and Caicos, where they learned that while many things have changed, Ripa's figure has stayed the same.
"See that dress? That's my wedding dress!" Ripa pointed out. "And guess what? It still fits!"
What might also come as a surprise is that the dress was purchased long before her wedding day and she had no intention of wearing it during her eventual walk down the aisle.
"The dress is actually 25 years old. My marriage is 20 years old," Ripa said. "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 [All My Children] and I didn't make a lot of money. It was $199 on final clearance sale, and I was like, 'Do I eat this week or do I get this dress?'"
"My dress really stood the test of fashion time better than his outfit," she shared. "I don't even remember what he was wearing. He was wearing, like, a black linen jacket with a shawl collar. It was a crazy."
Ripa and Consuelos said "I do" in May 1996. They have three children together: Michael, 18, Lola, 14, and Joaquin, 13.