(Closed) White vs. Ivory: What the Men's Wearhouse Guy Said…

posted 6 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

They told us the same thing.  My dress is a little darker than ivory (Maggie Sottero Alabaster is the name of the color…not quite champagne).  I liked dark gray tuxes and they said ivory would be the best shirt color.  I didn’t like the ivory/gray combo (I thought the shirts looked dingy with gray) so we went with black tuxes and ivory shirts.  Here’s to hoping everything looks as they should!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kalcote:  uh oh I didn’t think of that! I’m doing ivory lace as well. Tell me how it goes – I haven’t made it to men’s attire yet

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I really wish they would stop telling people this. I wore ivory, the groomsmen wore white shirts and my dress did not look remotely dirty. Total nonsense. 

It is, however, a great way to get 5+ guys to buy a new dress shirt when they probably have perfectly fine white ones at home.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

They seem to tell everyone that buy it is no way true.

At no time will the groom’s shirt be right next to your dress.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@LGenz:  +1 on the shirt sale!

I’m pretty color sensitive and I don’t think the color contrast in the photo looks good at all, but that’s just me. To each their own. (I’m also one of the weirdos with a white dress, go figure)

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes we were told the same if your dress is ivory the groomsmen need to wear ivory for that exact reason and even though it looks okay in this picture do you want to look OK in your wedding photos or do you want to look stunning!!! YOU are supposed to stand out not the groomsmen 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kalcote:  I have found the same difficulty figuring things out…we are opting for white shirts…ivory vests…as our solution to the dilemma…which appears to coincide with fashion consultants

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@kalcote:  That seems odd to me.  My fiance is having an ivory tuxedo custom made by Kleinfeld and they recommended that the custom tuxedo shirt being made be made with white fabric.  When we saw the fabrics compared to one another in the shop they looked great to me. The only rational explanation I can think of for the person from Men’s Warehouse saying that is perhaps their ivory fabrics are more yellow in color? 

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Don’t listen to them.  I totally agree – I wore a light ivory dress and Darling Husband wore a white shirt with an ivory vest, and his vest didn’t look dirty, so why would my dress? Haha, I just blabbered something that probably made no sense. But yes, I agree with everyone who said not to listen to MW’s salespeople. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I stressed over the same issue because people told me the same. I bought a light ivory dress and the Men’s Wearhouse ivory shirts are way too ivory that they looked really dingy. I live in MA and found another store called Bonardi’s that had a lighter and prettier ivory shirts and chose that store instead to rent the suits. Darling Husband wore a light ivory vest & tie to match.  I was going to have the guys buy light ivory shirts –but that was way too complicated and hard to find. Perhaps there are other stores for you to consider that will have lighter ivory shirts?

When I look at pics of other people’s wedding, or been to other weddings, I have never noticed, or thought about the bride looking dingy in comparison. It is funny how these little details can drive you bananas when it is your own wedding. Here are the finished products: (the groomsmen wore light ivory shirts with dark purple vests).

  

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

There are varying shades of ivory, and I’ve found that the ivory shirts at Men’s Warehouse are far too yellow to look right against the ivory of many wedding dresses. What I did to make sure was once my seamstress had started hemming my dress, I had her give me a scrap of the fabric she had cut off and I took it back to the tux place so we could decide if it was closer to matching the white or ivory. In our case, we chose to stay with white and it looked way better with the fabric of my dress.

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