Some words on gown color from Nayri, “Traditionally bridal gowns are of course supposed to be white, ironically most dresses featured in-store and seen on the runway aren’t always white. Designers love to design with a hint of color such as using colors like lilac, blush, pink, and even at times with a hint of blue. Designers call the color of a dress a million different things. We have dresses that are called vanilla, champagne, cameo pink, oyster, off-white, snow-white, and much more.” These different names technically do not mean the color of the dress, these names represent a fabric that the designer features. She recommends not getting hung up on what the color is called, but to instead look at what the color looks like on your skin, in pictures, and different lighting.
If you like how the gown looks on you, go for it! Because designers are calling gowns different names rather than white, it can throw people off and confuse them. Sometimes when brides get fixated on the name of the color their family will insist on a pure white gown for tradition. Nayri says, “Don’t let the names throw you off, ignore what it’s called. Just take a look at the color and if you think it might be too dark or it may have a darker lining underneath then you can ask if there is a lighter version offered.
The reason there are so many color variations in bridal gowns is that certain colors are introduced to create depth and contrast. By bringing in certain colors to the back of lace and other types of detailing it creates a bit of contrast which photograph a lot better than a white on white look. If you were to change a dress to “tone on tone,” meaning the color of the lace and the color of the lining are the same color, it washes out the detailing. These variations of colors and fabrics pick up so much better in photos and look better on skin tones when compared to a traditional white on white, which can sometimes even show up a bit blue. If you do choose to lighten the color of your dress it is suggested that you try to see a sample of that gown in the color you’re looking for. That way you can see how it photographs and looks on your skin tone!
If you would like to get the full rundown and details about wedding gown color, click here to watch Nayri’s youtube video!