(Closed) White or Ivory Dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
766 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

really can’t tell such a huge difference, mine is ivory , still looks”white” to me. you couldn’t tell unless its right next to something stark white.

Post # 4
899 posts
Busy bee

going into dress shopping i didnt think the color mattered but when i started trying on dress my mom said that ivory didnt look good with my complexion.

i didnt even know until i tried on my dress. i was starring at it on the rack the whole time and when i put it on it was my dress. Its the whitest white i’ve seen, it makes me feel bridal and something about the bright color gives me that glowing feeling

Post # 5
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I agree with ifheaven. I have not tried on dresses yet, but when shopping for my sister’s, I found it difficult to tell the difference.

It does depend on the dress and your skin tone, but overall I think ivory/off white flatters more skin tones than bright white (and will look especially great if it’s an evening wedding). 

Like you said, some say it looks “cheaper” (though I don’t completely agree), but honestly I don’t think you can go wrong with ivory…but I may be biased because I do love ivory dresses

Post # 6
3697 posts
Sugar bee

It really depends on your skin tone and what complements it. Bridal “ivory” is very very pale, nearly white, it just has warmer undertones than bridal “white”, which usually has cool undertones (and then there’s “diamond white,” which is kind of creamy white but usually paler than ivory). They describe a range of “shades of white,” not three uniform colors. They vary according to designer (i.e. some “ivories” are whiter than others) and will also depend on the fabric of the gown (i.e. white chiffon looks different than white satin; natural silk will never be truly bright white, etc.)

I wouldn’t worry about the name so much; just go try to find something that looks good with your skin tone. Even if it’s actually ivory, it still reads as a “white dress” to the rest of the world.

Post # 7
1381 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have ivory, but my dress brand’s ivory is pretty close to white.  I just find white almost too white.  I also agree that a bright white dress can sometimes make the dress look less expensive compared to an ivory one.

Post # 8
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@SoontobeMrsAM:  I bought a “light” ivory dress like you’re describing and I loved it. It looked white to everyone who saw it but when brought against TRUE BRIGHT WHITE, you could tell the difference.

I bought ivory because it is softer and I agree, looks more silky and luxurious.  
It is also easier on the eye and apparently photographs best with different skin tones so I would go based on that… 
Here’s my ivory gown:




Post # 9
1257 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I chose alabaster (a darker ivory-ish color) it isnt white or ivory. I chose it because Im so pale that white completely washes me out. I do not think that white makes a dress look cheap. If the dress is poorly make or in an odd fabric than maybe but the color itself wouldn’t solely make the dress look inexpensive. 

Post # 10
9118 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My dress is Ivory. I didn’t pick it for any particular reason.

Sorry for the shitty picture. My mother has no idea how to use a real camera and has no ability to use a cell phone camera either. My dress is just slightly off white.

Post # 11
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I like white better, only because of my skin tone. My skin is light and I feel like the paler color contrasts, making me look like I have a little more color. I also have yellowish undertones and the ivory only brings that out more making me look jaundice. Other brides look amazing in ivory. It really depends on the bride. I’m sure many women look great in either.
If you tried on the dress and felt great in it than it’s the right dress. Sometimes we are our own worst critics. We are never happy with how we look!

Post # 12
1073 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I chose Ivory for my dress because White was just too bright for me! 

Post # 13
6221 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Mine is ivory but it still looks white. I only ever even saw a sample in ivory and I loved it, I thought it was flattering and didn’t want to go any whiter. I find that ivory looks better on me anyway.

Post # 15
11419 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

It definitely depends on the fabric and the dress (as well as the bride’s own skin tone and other coloring), but MOST of the time, a diamond white/light ivory is going to look best on most people.

Some bridal gowns come in stark, bright, snow white.  I personally think a tulle dress would look best in bright white, because there may be so many layers that an ivory tulle dress may look too dark.

Silk does not come in bright, stark white, so, if you want a silk dress, it will definitely be slightly off white.  That was the case with mine.

Some manufacturers’ and designers’ “ivory” can be quite dark or yellowish.  Others is much more subtle and looks almost white until you compare it to something that is a bright white.

When I was engaged the first time (but later broke my engagement and canceled that wedding), I chose a white, tulle and lace gown.  When I was engaged to Darling Husband, I chose a diamond-white (i.e. light ivory) silk dress with Swarovski crystal beading.

The important thing to keep in mind is to make sure that any veil or other white/ivory fabric accessory you may choose is in the proper color so as to not conflict with your dress.

Post # 16
2553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I really really wanted a warmth in color so I got ivory lace over champagne tulle. My first dress was soft white and it just ate at me until I couldnt take it so I got a new dress.


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