When you think of a traditional wedding gown, you think white! Little do most people know there
are a variety of shades to choose from in the white family. And each fabric can look like a completely different color of white. True white looks brightest in a satin or taffeta and tends to be softer in a silk or chiffon. Most skin tones don’t necessarily look best in a true white, which is why the popularity of off white and ivory have skyrocketed. Softer shades of white such as candlelight, antique white and diamond white have a more complementary tone to many women. Darker skin tones can pull off the bright whites much better than pale complexions. And soft ivory and cream
shades have become much more popular in the past decade.
The “rules” of what color is appropriate don’t necessarily apply anymore. While Emily Post may
disagree, wearing white isn’t just for the virtuous anymore! Many second-time brides or more “experienced” women choose white, while even some virgins will opt for ivory! Stick with the color that best works with your skin tone and the color scheme of your wedding. And don’t forget there’s a myriad of non-traditional color choices out there now including blush pink, champagne, pearl, and gold just to name a few! So stick with traditional white if you prefer, but don’t be afraid to break the “rules.”