(Closed) White dresses out of fashion?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I love white dresses, but it just doesn’t look great against my pale skin. I definitely don’t think they’re out of fashion though!!

Post # 4
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Some samples I saw were off white, diamond white or ivory because they tend to flatter all skin tones where as pure white tends to look nice on only some skin tones but still all the dresses I saw came in white even though the samples were other shades.

Post # 5
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I really think it depends on your skin tone. I have pale skin, so I chose diamond-white. White would look bad on me. But tan and dark skin looks great in white. Plus, it’s just a matter of preference. If you like white, go for it! I don’t think any color is out of fashion. Perhaps styles, but not color! Choose what you like best and what looks good on you.


Post # 6
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I noticed it as well when I went to go try on dresses and was given the same reason as to why there’s not as many white dresses around.

However, I NEVER was going to wear a white dress. My dress is actually dark ivory/light gold color. I specifically want it to be noticable in my pictures that I didn’t wear something that looks white.

I tried on dresses that only came in white/off white but always knew if it was my dream dress and it only came in white, I would get the dress custom made so it would be in a color that I preferred.

Post # 7
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I noticed that almost all of the sample dresses were in ivory, but most of the time they could be ordered in white. It does seem like white’s less and less popular, but I’m guessing that’s because people are tanning less and ivory is always recommended for pale skin.

Post # 8
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t think white is out of style. I have olive colored skin and have been tanning so white looked the best on me. 

Post # 9
37 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

I worked in a bridal salon in the late ’90s, and I would say less than 10% of the dresses I sold even then were true, pure white.  It seems surprising to people once they are shopping, because I think in the mind of guests, they see a bride in ivory and think “white wedding gown” and don’t realize how few bridal gowns really are white.  But in reality, white pretty much looks good with dark skin, while off-white or a color flatters anyone.  So there is a small margin of brides who truly look better in pure white than in ivory, pink, or champagne. 


Post # 10
575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Could people share some photos of some ivory dresses? Especially in satin? I am so nervous I made the wrong choice ordering my dress in ivory rather than white…. 

Post # 11
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

White is much better for my skin tone- I’m blonde/blue, very fair-skinned but my consultant talked me into going with a off-white dress because she claimed white looked cheap.

Post # 12
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t know that I believe ivory is universally more flattering.  I am very fair and I tried on a lot of ivory dresses.  As an encore, I thought I “should” go with ivory.  I wanted ivory.  But I ended up with white because it really looked better.  I honestly looked sickly in ivory.

Post # 13
47 posts
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t think white is out of style!  True, the trend is leaning more towards off-white because it does flatter a wider range of skin tones…so that’s probably why you’re seeing more off-white and ivory sample dresses.  Don’t know if this has anything to do with it or not, but since they are sample dresses being handled and tried on by umpteen people every week, the dress will look “fresher” if it’s not a pure white to begin with.

Post # 14
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Mine is called Candlelight…but it looks pretty white to me. i dont think white is out of style at all

Post # 15
567 posts
Busy bee

to me, ivory and off-white just look deeper and richer, more interesting, and more luxurious, and white can look cheap.  BUT, some of the most beautiful brides i’ve seen are the ones that pull off that pure white dress.  a bride in pure white is always a sight to behold, and if you want to rock a white dress, go for it!

Post # 16
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

White can look cheap for the same reason that white was originally chosen as a luxurious wedding color–


it is a very expensive color to do right. (That’s why princess Phillipa of England and Queen Victoria wore white. Also because lace is white.) White shows power/wealth, kind of like royal purple, blue, and red–those colors were the hardest/most expensive to dye. The idea is to feel like a Queen on your wedding, and back in the day when the world had many queens–the best way to do that was to copy what the queens did.



Cheaper dress lines do look awful in white because at that price, the fabrics that can be made white just don’t look good. More expensive fabrics can look really fabulous and luxurious in white.


So… I noticed this while shopping, too. Cheaper dresses can be ordered in white, but the dress consultants all steered me away from it. Higher end places had swatches of colors, and really let me choose since all the shades looked great.

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