The Bride: How to Choose Your Perfect Shade of White

Forget everything you know `about the color white

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We all know the stuggle we face when we go shopping, let alone a bride shopping for her wedding dress. We’ve all been down the same road where an outfit looks much better on a hanger than it does when we slip it on. Now, imagine if you face this dilemma when going wedding dress hunting and you’re left with nothing but disappointment and frowns over the fact that you just found out your idea of what the color white is turned out to be entirely inaccurate and now, the world’s coming to an end.

Because we don’t want you to go through all the hassle of trying on a million dresses before you find one that you actually like, we’ve created this simple guide for you to follow when it’s time to choose THE gown of all gowns. 

The guide simply works by narrowing down your choices of the shade of white according to your skin color. Easy as pie, no? That's because it is, but only if you follow our mini-guide below: 

Dark-skinned brides - Sharp whites

Sharp whites, including Chantilly Lace, Frostine, and Light Ivory usually wash the majority of brides out. Stark whites are vivid, flashy, and can sometimes be on the intense side of the spectrum. However, the darker your skin is, the brighter your shade of white can be. The contrast that is created by your dark skin, placed against the sharp white, can be exactly what you need to really stand out from the crowd. 

Medium-skinned brides – Creamy Whites

Creamy whites like Milk White, Barely Beige, and Apple Core can really help counter the redness caused by the flushing of the skin on your wedding day, why? Because medium skin more often than not has blue or pink undertones, which is something that you must put in mind when you’re going shopping.  

Dress designed by Nehal Khalifa

Olive-skinned brides – Champagne Whites

Olive skinned brides look ravishing when they choose to go for champagne gowns. Champagne shades of white include Linen, Bone, and Parchment. The thing about champagne whites is that they ultimately give olive skin this beautiful glow, this dewy look that we all so desperately struggle to achieve. 

See more:12 Months before: How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress

Wedding dress designed by ANSKADA

Fair-skinned brides – Tan Whites

Fair skin, unfortunately, doesn't only burn easily but also appears so undeniably washed out when paired with stark shades of whites, unlike darker skin. That’s why tan whites work perfectly with light skin, this includes warm whites, hazelwood, and beige. Tan whites make brides with fair skin glow because they simply complement lightness and give it that tad pop of color needed. Opt for a wedding dress with a hint of yellow and watch the miracle as it unfolds. 

Wedding dress from Malton Bridal

We all know the stuggle we face when we go shopping, let alone a bride shopping for her wedding dress. We’ve all been down the same road where an outfit looks much better on a hanger than it does when we slip it on. Now, imagine if you face this dilemma when going wedding dress hunting and you’re left with nothing but disappointment and frowns over the fact that you just found out your idea of what the color white is turned out to be entirely inaccurate and now, the world’s coming to an end.

Because we don’t want you to go through all the hassle of trying on a million dresses before you find one that you actually like, we’ve created this simple guide for you to follow when it’s time to choose THE gown of all gowns. 

The guide simply works by narrowing down your choices of the shade of white according to your skin color. Easy as pie, no? That's because it is, but only if you follow our mini-guide below: 

Dark-skinned brides - Sharp whites

Sharp whites, including Chantilly Lace, Frostine, and Light Ivory usually wash the majority of brides out. Stark whites are vivid, flashy, and can sometimes be on the intense side of the spectrum. However, the darker your skin is, the brighter your shade of white can be. The contrast that is created by your dark skin, placed against the sharp white, can be exactly what you need to really stand out from the crowd.