(Closed) How did you choose the shade of white for your dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I really wanted white-white, but the dress I found used that I wanted to order happened to be ivory, and I’m really pale and kept hearing that ivory was best. I though, I basically am ivory, so it would be no good! But I gave it a shot, and I actually love the color. My dress is a pretty significant ivory (not just barely off white) and it just looks so soft and creamy, it looks a lot better than the white dress I’ve tried.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I chose Ivory because it works better with my skin tone than bright white. In my particular dress, because of the sheen of the charmeuse, bright white made me look kind of washed out and bland. Ivory was much more flattering to my skin complection.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper

I’m fair-skinned and a white dress still worked great on me. I think it’s really just personal preference!

One trick you can try — when trying to decide whether I wanted ivory or white, my mother-in-law had the good idea to hold up a claret red dress (the color of my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses) next to the ivory dress. When side-by-side with the claret red, the ivory of the particular dress looked very yellow, and it just wasn’t the look I was personally going for. I think that solidified for me that I wanted crisp white.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m really pale, and felt I looked best in ivory. My dress was a very creamy ivory, so more off white than some of the ivories out there that you can hardly tell the difference with white. Just try on different shades as you try on dresses and get a sense for what you like yourself in.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014

My dress is ivory as well, and it looks nice on my skin even thought I’m not fair-skinned at all. Diamond white is basically REALLY bright white, and I wouldn’t pick that anyways to be honest. If I could have picked, I would’ve chosen soft white, but my dress only comes in ivory. I can imagine that being fair-skinned, really white-whites would make you seem a little washed out, but not everyone looks good in bright white anyways. It also depends on alot on your skin’s undertone: warm, cold or neutral. You can take little tests online to find out what your’s is.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I tried on a white dress and an ivory dress, and the white made me look really pink because I’m so pale, so I went with the ivory!

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I chose because of my skin tone.  I have light olive skin and chose pure white because it looks the best on me.  Ivory is so lovely but it washes me out. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’m very pale and blonde and blue-eyed. White looked fine on me, but ivory just looked better. It’s not a very obvious difference either, unless it’s in a room full of stark-white dresses like the salon. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My dress was called “natural”. It was kind of in between ivory and white.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@LadyN1392:  actually I always thought diamond white is a softer white, like in between ivory and stark white? not sure though, I always just went for ivory!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had no idea dresses came in different colors than white, so when the saleslady asked me what color I wanted to order the dress in, I was clueless.  She then pointed out that the pure white dresses in my price range ($1500) looked a little “cheaper” than the ivory dresses, so I went with ivory. <shrug>  I’m very pale as well, so I guess it worked out.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I chose ivory lace over champagne satin because I think the color was more appropriate for me, white looks absolutely awful!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

This really depends on many factors, including the type of fabric from which the dress is made, the bride’s skin tone, and the actual, specific shades in which the designers offer their gowns, regardless of the names that they attach to these shades.

Some designers’ “ivory” is very pale, soft, off-white tone.  However, I’ve seen dresses labeled as “ivory” that were much darker than that or they had a definite yellowish cast to them.

As a general rule, MOST brides look best in either diamond white (which is a slightly off white color) or a light ivory shade.  Others may look best in a darker shade of ivory or a champagne color. 

Although fewer brides look best in a stark white, I personally believe certain fabrics definitely look better in stark white, such as tulle, since, layer upon layer of even light-ivory tulle will begin to look like more of a dark ivory due to number of layers involved.

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

ipicked ivory because the ivory version of my dress is just so much prettier than the white! the details show up way better for some reason. i am pale but i tried on several white dresses and they seriously looked fine (they were in varying shades of white), so i think it depends a lot on your dress and actual coloring rather than just being “pale”! FWIW my ivory is probably more of an off white than a true ivory… some ivories i rtied on were way too yellow.

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