(Closed) white or ivory?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: which color dress?
    white : (17 votes)
    22 %
    ivory : (55 votes)
    70 %
    some other shade : (7 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    621 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Mine it ivory. I think you would need to see what looked better with your skin tone. Some people look stunning in white and some look really nice in ivory and not good in white. Do you have pictures in either one?

    Post # 4
    2186 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    mine is cafe satin with white lace overlay – it looks ivory in pictures… so yes to all three… LOL

    Post # 5
    1020 posts
    Bumble bee

    ivory. from my experience, some whites are too stalk white and thus making the dress look cheap, but some other whites, such as diamond white from maggie sottero, actually look nice. so it really depends on the brand and the fabric of the dress. do you have a photo to share so that we can give you a better advise?

    Post # 6
    966 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Alabaster. I voted for Ivory.

    Post # 7
    234 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    It depends mainly on your skin tone (warm or cool). Do warm or cool colours usually suit you? Most ivories are warm with a yellowish look to them, so they look great on people who suit warm colours but terrible on people who suit cool colours.

    It also depends on the shade of white / ivory – some whites are softer while others are bright, and ivory can come in anything from nearly white to almost gold. The fabric itself also makes a difference. Sheer fabrics like chiffon, tulle and organza look softer even if they’re pure white. And anything made from silk (including silk chiffon, silk satin etc) won’t really be pure white – it’s nearly impossible to dye natural fibres to that intense bright white that you can get with polyester.

    Also keep in mind your colour scheme, the jewellery you’re wearing (silver and platinum work better with white, gold works better with ivory) and accessories. Some accessories can be easier to match to white – no worrying about getting exactly the right shade of ivory for your shoes or veil. But some accessories are hard to match to white – pearls and ‘white’ flowers are usually slightly ivory or cream and can look yellow against white.

    Post # 8
    1432 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I don’t like white very much – it can almost looks blue outside.  I agree with TingTing… white can make a dress look cheap, IMO.

    Just my two cents.  

    Post # 9
    3219 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I went with Ivory because it makes me look really tan.

    Post # 10
    1830 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    What colors are you going to be using for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses?  I originally ordered my dress in white (despite trying it on in ivory) because I had in my head that navy (my Bridesmaid or Best Man color) and white was a beautiful combo; however, when my dress came in, I didn’t like it as much.   As some others have mentioned, the white satin cheapened the look of the dress a bit, and when held next to the navy Bridesmaid or Best Man dress, the white did not pop out like I wanted.  Once I held the original ivory next to the Bridesmaid or Best Man dress, I knew – the navy really complemented the ivory and it looked amazing!   Needless to say, I re-ordered the dress in ivory! 

    So, as everyone has said, it depends on skin tone but also try comparing to the color of your Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses because that can be a deciding factor.

    Post # 11
    1641 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I had my colors analyzed years ago and the woman who did it (she told me I am a winter), told me that if I were to ever get married, to make sure I got white not ivory or off white.

    She was right- ivory or off white make me look yellow. So my dress is white!

    Post # 13
    1805 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I am no help.   I read up on the subject thoroughly before I went dress shopping and I determined that based on my skin tone (I’m a “cool” or a “winter”), I needed white.

    In daily life I very rarely wear white or ivory or anything like it.  I own ONE dress that is white, a strappy sundress, and that’s it.  Most of what I wear is cobalt blue, kelly green, deep purple, black, etc.  Sometimes I will wear pale icy blue and it looks good but I tend to avoid pale colors… so I had no clue on the white/ivory thing.

    So, I told the DB consultant I wanted white and then unknowingly I pulled some ivory from the racks on my own… see! I couldn’t even tell what was what when it was in my face! 

    The dress I ended up loving was ivory lace over champagne satin.  Fiance ws with me and neither of us could tell the differnce really on me between white or ivory. ::::shrug::::

    but in the end we decided the ivory lace was awesome and that’s what I’m going with, even though I am “supposed” to wear white. 

    So, big long story to say I have no idea and I’m just as confused myself but in MY case I am going for a vintage look and the white lace dresses looked too bright and “new” to me so that’s partly what helped me decide. 

    Post # 14
    860 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011


    I think ivory might work better for you, but it is hard to tell without a side by side comparison.  Does your skin tone look better against silver or gold?  If gold, I’d go with ivory.  Another way to tell is to take a piece of white paper and hold it against your skin.  Then do the same with an off-white or cream piece of paper.  Which makes your complexion pop?

    Post # 15
    284 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Diamond White. The sales associate told me that diamond white dress look more expensive which I thought was just an added bonus. 

    Post # 16
    234 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2009


    Pastel colours can be cool or warm – it depends on the colour and the shade. Here’s an example chart:

    That chart doesn’t strictly define which colours are warm and which are cool, but it points out which shades work with which skin tones. Which of these colours do you usually look best in?

    Your Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses might be warm or cool, depending on the shade of purple. The chart seems to have grouped all the purples under cool colours, but some of them do look warmer (the ones that have more pink / red in them, as opposed to the cooler more blue versions).


    I think you look good in white. But as mentioned before, there are lots of shades of white and it depends on the manufacturer and the type of fabric. The same goes for ivory!

    But you don’t have to overthink it – see if you can see the exact colours and just look at what looks best on you. The store should carry swatches of the fabrics for you to look at – definitely ask to see these before making your decision. You can try holding those up against your face to see how you look with each. You’ll also be able to see if the ivory version of your dress is a subtle, almost white ivory, or a stronger more yellow/golden ivory.

    But it’s a bit difficult to judge based on just a few inches of fabric. The ideal would be if the store had dresses in the same fabric by the same designer – even if they’re not the dress you’re planning to order, just try them on for colour.

    If you do all this and you still can’t decide, take photos of yourself with both fabrics and let the hive help you out Smile

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