(Closed) Ivory or white?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

The best bet is to try dresses on in certain colors.  There are many variations of white.  Bright white, off white, diamond white, etc, etc, etc.  Many dresses are typically a variation of white and then there are some that are on the darker ivory/champagne side.  I think to pull off a bright, true white you really need to have the right skin tone and very few people look good in it.  Also the fabric of the dress can really effect the color.  For example an off white satin dress may look different then a tulle or organza dress.

So your best bet is to try on a variety of options and see which looks best with your skin tone.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

It really depends on your undertone and preference. I went with ivory in my case because even though I have a neutral undertone (but I like to lean towards warmer colors) because white was so stark on my skin. It made me look kinda sickly. There’s so many colors in the range of ivory, it’s gotten to be confusing. My dress is labelled ivory but honestly, it looks like it could pass for off white.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m fairly fair and went with a “natural” color. Wasn’t quite ivory but definitely not white.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I thought my dress WAS white, until I read the label and it said “Ivory”.  It’s a very white-ivory, like a white on the warm side, which probably will help me not look sickly.  

I have fair skin that DOES tan if I am careful, and by May I will probably have been outside enough I’ll have a more gold color than my winter pastyness.  I jsut ahve to make sure to wear tube tops to do yard work staring in March, instead of my racer-backs – my “farmer tan” looked a bit weird trying on dresses 

Ask if some of the dresses you like come in mutiple shades, or at least be sure to try on other shades, since that is the only way to be sure.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I would just try on a few things and see what looks best on you and what you like best.  I always thought I’d get a white dress, but I wound up picking one with a champagne/light gold layer covered with an ivory lace/mesh.  

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Beach

I am EXTREMELY PALE and I chose Ivory. The white gown did not compliment my complexion at all. This is me in my Ivory gown.

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Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

happygirl2016:   I have very fair skin and tried on white dresses as well as a range of ivory dresses.   My choice was a warm ivory, which was the most flattering in the photos – I only tried on dresses in stores which allowed photos!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I think against certain skin tones white can look slightly blue in comparison, so it also depends on your complimenting colour scheme. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I am quite pale as well. I chose champagne/ivory 🙂

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  courtneysokal.
Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

When I was dress searching I remember noticing that every designer had a slightly different take on ivory.  I am very fair and I went with an ivory dress, but it is close to white, not like a very deep ivory. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

My dress is “diamond white.” It is still a shade of white, but not a stark white that would wash out my fair skin. As long as you try the dress on in the color you order and know you like how it looks it shouldn’t matter though!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Maybe you could try on some other dresses and see if you are okay with how a stark white looks with your skin tone? Just a suggestion!

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