the right and wrong white for your wedding gown
You probably didn’t know, prior to wedding dress shopping, that there were different colors of white, right? Off-white, bright white, stark white or eggshell, there weren’t all those whites in your crayon box! For that reason it can be tough to choose the gown that’s right for you, because you may not know if the white you like is right for you!
Before you even set foot in a local bridal shop, you need to get a crash course in understanding your whites.
Learning Your Colors
The most common shades of white that you should learn, before you head to the bridal shop, include:
- Champagne (Rum) – Though it may appear white in photographs, champagne or rum will have a pink undertone color to it.
Ivory (Eggshell, Candlelight) – This white is subtle and has a creamy look to it. Many would say that it shows a yellow undertone to it.
- Natural White (Diamond, Silk White) – Seemingly not as bright as stark white, natural white will look just as bright in photographs. Many women prefer the look of diamond white gowns because they are not as chalk-like in appearance as stark white.
- Stark White – A clean, bright white! This color stands out and looks perfect on a dark skinned bride.
While you might be tempted to learn your colors while you are in the bridal salon with your consultant, you have to remember that the dresses you are seeing have been tried on, and may not have their natural brilliance to them. You may be looking at a white you like, but it could be a shade off. For that reason it is a good idea to ask for a clean or new fabric swatch so that you can see how the color will look with your skin tone.
Finding the White for You
After you know your whites, it is important to know the white that is right for your skin tone, because that is the key to identifying your right shade. Make note of some of the ways to determine the white that is right for you.
- If you have fair skin, then you should consider dresses that are not stark white, as they are going to make you look paler. A yellow or ivory gown will stand out more against your skin.
- If you have medium skin with slightly pink undertones, then you will look great with a creamier color of dress.
- If you have medium skin with slightly yellow undertones, then you will look beautiful with a dress that is champagne or diamond white in color.
- A dark skinned bride has got all the luck – you can choose from any shade of white and look great. If you have a little bit of olive or yellow undertones to your skin, then you would look better in yellow-ivory gowns, rum pink and stark white.
Now that you know your whites, and you have an idea of the white that is going to look best against your skin, you can narrow down the dresses that you want to try on at a bridal shop. This will save you time and energy, and your bridal consultant will certainly appreciate it! You are going to look amazing!