It has to be white, right? But what shade of white? Wedding dresses range from a pure, bright white, to a soft, gentle ivory. Finding the right tone is exceptionally important. In general, you need to match your white to your complexion and your sense of style.
Fresh and clean, stark white is a youthful color that goes with absolutely everything. Stark white dresses are romantic and beautiful; they bring a dream-like and illusory quality to them, especially when paired with gauzy lace. However, stark white is usually advised for those who have darker skin tones, as stark white can wash out a bride that has a fairer complexion. Contrast is important when choosing the right dress shade.
Natural white is just a little darker than stark white; it's still mostly advised for those who have darker skin complexions, but it isn't quite as bright as stark white. Those who want a bright white but are worried about looking washed out may want to consider this shade, as it will likely work with their complexion much better.
With a warmer, more natural appearance, ivory white is often considered classic, modern, and sophisticated. Ivory white can range from a nearly "bright white" to a darker, more subdued hue. Ivory tends to be seen as more formal and is often attractive on anyone. This is especially true because ivory can come tinted in several shades, from warmer to cooler, to match the skin tone of the bride.
Champagne white is a white with a lot of personality, infused with pink or gold undertones and a feeling of "richness." If you want a unique appearance at your wedding, you may want to consider a champagne white. This hue goes best with those with dark or warm, olive-toned complexions.
Other Color Options
You don't have to wear white to your wedding. It's your wedding. You can wear any color under the sun, whether it's yellow or black. Wedding dress designers are taking a lot more risks now, and you can now find the perfect dress in quite a few shades, from neutrals to jewel tones.
What's most important when matching wedding dress color shades is finding a color that you adore and that matches you. The first step is determining your skin tone. If your skin tone is warm, you'll look better in neutral tans, olives, corals, and creams. If your skin tone is cool, you'll look better in blue, lavender, rose, and gray. But these are still just general rules.
What's your dream wedding dress? Whether it's a classic white to a brilliant blue, there are no wrong answers. For more information about selecting the perfect dress and crafting the ideal wedding, contact us at The Perfect Bride.