(Closed) White vs ivory

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Tbblount:  I would say, try on dresses in both ivory and white. That’s honestly the best way to figure it out. For me, my skin tone worked with both so it didn’t matter, but it gave me a good idea of what I liked. Also, some of the ivories even looked like different shades to me based on the design. I ended up getting an ivory dress that look more white-ish. If that makes sense? It probably had something to do with the material..

Also, I would be wary about ordering a dress in a color you haven’t actually seen. The dress I got came in both ivory and white. They only had the ivory sample for me try on, so when I decided this was my dress and I was figuring out which color to get she brought over another size in white so I could see it. I hated it in white! The embellishments are a little gold, so they blend well with the ivory, but stick out like a sore thumb on the white. So be cautious, and ask if they have the color in another size so you can at least see it.

Post # 4
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

i got my dress in ivory bc that is what the sample came in. i at least knew how i looked in the ivory dress and would have no idea what it would look like in white until it was ordered. i just didnt want to take a chance! 

Also, my dress looks white to me at least, until you hold it up to something that is stark white! 

Post # 5
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

i personally wouldnt buy something in a colour that i havent tried on – just because different shops/designers will use different shades of the colour…

i tried on white and ivory dresses by multiple designers and i dont think any of the dresses were the same colour!!! they ranged from stark ‘brilliant’ white to a yellowy almost champagne ivory. i really think its down to what you think suits you.

the dress i ended up buying looks white – though the actual colour is ‘antique ivory’. i would definately try and see the dress in the colour you want to buy it in, rather than risking the unseen colour not suiting you.xx

Post # 6
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Mine is ivory, I’m very fair and stark white washes me out. My dress looks white to me unless I put it next to a white dress. Just try on both, you’ll know right off if one doesn’t work. I was in the salon with another bride when I was trying them on who kept insisting on white and then kept freaking out because it looked awful on her, but was refusing ivory for whatever reason. It was really strange.

Post # 7
32 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

I thought I wanted white.  My dress sample was ivory but I went ahead and ordered it in white…big mistake!  It looked almost fake and “stark white” when it came in…plus mine had a little bit of beading and it was clear beading on the white dress and just looked cheap to me.  I ended up changing dresses because of it (and got an ivory dress which I loved!).  So if you love the sample color I’d stick to that unless there is anyway of seeing the dress in white (or maybe a dress by the same designer in white).  Good luck!

Post # 8
3 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

Defeintely check the shade – I have an ‘ivory’ dress but it is very different to most ivories I have seen, almost a yellowy cream colour!!

Post # 9
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Not that I considered this when choosing, but I have yellow undertones to my skin and I went with ivory. I just liked the softness of it compared to the bright white. However, in pictures you really can’t tell at all! If I showed you a picture of my dress right now (in outdoor lighting) you’d probably just think it’s white. 

Post # 10
2351 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I bought white lace and it is absolutely beautiful. I have a native american tan complexion and always get darker over summer. I think ivory works for fair complexions, whereas darker complexions can wear either. I wanted the traditional white wedding dress after trying on 50 ivory samples and couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. I’m so partial to clean white dresses IF a person has the right skintone.

Post # 11
4947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

When you try on dresses of various shades of white or ivory, be sure to notice the lighting in the shop – some stores have flourescent lights, others have yellowish lights – which affects how you will perceive the color of the dress.  If your wedding is outdoors ask if you can stand near a window to see how the dress looks in natural light.  I was astonished how one dress color could vary depending on the color of the ambient light.

Post # 12
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I have yellow undertones and I ended up going with Ivory. My ivory is darker, almost like a creamy yellowish, but I’ve seen ivory in everything from near-white to almost butter color, so there’s a huge range.

Post # 13
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I went with ivory.  I love white but it can be so harsh against the skin.  Even soft white was too white for me.  I would advise against ordering a color that you havent tried on as it can look completely different than what you imagine!

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