Most of the brides visit their first bridal salon dreaming of their fairy-tale wedding gown, but are disappointed very soon. They go on trying gown after gown, but when they wear them they just don’t live up to their expectations. They cannot put their finger on it though they understand that something is not quite right. If it has also happened to you, then the problem is in the color and not in the style or cut of the dress.
Very few women can wear pure white fashionably, although wedding gowns are traditionally a pure white color. There are many shades of white that are suitable for wedding gowns. You should choose one of those shades carefully because it can make your eyes sparkle and your skin come alive, or it can have an adverse effect and give you a sickly or tired appearance.
How to choose the right shade of white?
You should talk to a fashion color consultant who can advise you on what shade is correct and can guide you in your fashion choices. Otherwise, take a look at your skin tone and let that be your guide.
A warm shade of white with some yellow in it will add a glow to your skin if your skin tone is very fair. A plain white will simply wash you out. If you possess a shallow or olive skin, then whites with a hint of pink (also called cool whites) will keep things balanced and give a fresh, dewy look to you. Also you may wear silk white, which is a bit less stark than plain white. If your skin is pinker or has blue undertones, then you might try some of the creamier whites and ivories. Their rich yellow undertone will help you not to look too flushed or red and will supplement your complexion. In case if you are a bride with dark skin, then almost every shade of white will appear lovely on your skin.
What are the many shades of white?
The names of the colors can be confusing. Here are some of the names for white which are standard in the industry and are commonly used.
- Stark white or bright white
This is the purest white almost glows and is striking against the dark skin. As it has the ability to drain color from medium and fair skin tones, it is the most difficult shade to wear.
- Champagne white
This is a gorgeous white with a bit of pink undertone. It appears nearly white in photos and low light, but adds glamour to olive skin. A deeper version of this shade is called Rum White sometimes.
Ivory has a great deal of variations and is the most flattering color for the brides. You can hold a color swatch of any ivory near your face and see how it matches against your eye and skin color. While some have warm, creamy undertones, others have a little bit pinker tint. One of the lighter shades of ivory is Eggshell.
Candlelight is a deeper shade of ivory having a beige-cream undertone. The name suggests that it is actually meant to look white under candlelight. It is suitable for evening weddings mostly.
It is the deepest shade of ivory that is available and the name refers to unbleached color of linen. Ecru is worth trying out if you look for something less traditional.
It is not required to be limited to all-over white if you are set on a white wedding dress. You may try a dress of white lace with a satin or silk underlay of any other color for a good contrast. Colorful decorations like beading or embroidery can also add luxurious detail. Whatever shade of white you select for your wedding dress, if it looks good against your skin and works with the style of your gown, you will surely glow on your wedding day!