(Closed) Universally flattering colour? Impossible?!

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 16
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m not sure there is a universal color. What if you let them wear different shades of blue/green? They could all find a slightly different version of a turqouisy blue that works for them.

mu_t:  I love Stacy and Clinton, but I have to disagree with them on this one. Coral might be the worst possible color for me (and actually a lot of people I know). I seriously look like I’ve been in the hospital for months with some terrifying exotic disease. Makes me sad, too, because I love coral.

Honestly, I don’t think there is such a thing as a universal color. For every color listed here so far, I can think of at least two people who look amazing in it and two who look horrible. I’d either just go with different shades of one color or just pick a color that suits your theme. Your girls will survive, especially since it’s obvious that you’re a nice bride who is trying to make this a good experience for them. I was in a wedding last year, and the bride picked coral. I looked like death, but I didn’t actually die from it, and I still had a great time watching my best friend get married.

Post # 17
47258 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Warhol_Girl89:  Makeup can fix any problem created by the choice of color.

Post # 18
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

The only universally flattering color I know of is black. I’ve never seen anyone look bad in a well cut for their body black dress.

Post # 19
4697 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Black or navy..

You could do different shades of blue. There’s definitely a shade of blue that works for everyone and the mismatched look is a fresh change from everyone matching.


Post # 20
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Pastels often don’t work on many people; they blend in with the skin of pale people, making them look ghostly, and they can look drab on people with darker skin tones. Medium to dark blues can work on anyone. In fact, any major color can work on anyone, as long as it is the right saturation and hue. If you want to incorporate pastels, I suggest working them into the flowers or using sashes or accessories.

Post # 21
9290 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

darker colors are more universally flattering than pastels.  i know i can’t wear pastels, they make me looked washed out.

also, i wanted my maids to be able to wear their dresses again so i selected navy for them. pastels aren’t always wearable again.

but it is your wedding and your maids will wear the dress you select for them or from the range of choices you give them.  it is up to you.


Post # 22
1936 posts
Buzzing bee

Navy blue or some other shade of blue!

Post # 23
1541 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think that bright colours are actually more easily pulled off. Like, not super saturated brights but light brights. That way, there is enough contrast with any skin tone. 

I also want to say that you sound like a good friend for wanting everyone to be happy BUT choosing bridesmaids dresses with that mentality can be very very hard. Keep trying but if it gets to be too much, don’t be afraid to just pick one and go with it. I originally wanted to do non- matching dresses but it became way too difficult because I still wanted them to “go” (Which obviously was my own choice within my control). I guess I just learned that the beautiful pinterest non-matchy but “going” combos did not happen by accident and probably that bride had to be way more controlling and decicive thaN a bride who picks matching. 

Post # 24
2847 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

That’s so weird. I don’t look that great in coral. We had to change my lipstick in my makeup trial run because the coral didn’t work. Lol.   I love Clinton and Stacy but I disagree on coral, which is too bad. I love it. 

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by  NavyBee.
Post # 25
483 posts
Helper bee

Warhol_Girl89:  I would go with navy. It’s a slimming color, and pretty much looks good on any skin tone.

Post # 26
2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i don’t know if there’s truly a universally flattering color, aside from black or navy blue. people say that coral is a color that looks good on everyone, but it depends on the shade of coral.

i think navy would look awesome with teal/turquoise/aqua and coral accessories. or maybe a colored sash with a navy dress?

Post # 27
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Warhol_Girl89:  I did a cobalt/sapphire blue for my bridesmaids. We had a variety of skintones so it was important to me to find a color that would be flattering on someone with a darker skintone as as well as a very light skin tone that gets washed out easily, this was the best semi-close up picture I could find from my guest shots… I loved the colors on the girls though! 

Post # 28
37 posts

I disagree that everyone looks good in navy.  I look horrible in it!  I avoid it at all cost.

Post # 29
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

colorofmyheart:  not even black! I look horrible in black. Which is fine because I have hairy white dogs haha 

Navy, eh, works. 

I’ve heard eggplant purple looks good on most. 

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