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Love's Guide to Different Shades of White for Wedding Gowns

Love's Guide to Different Shades of White for Wedding Gowns

The iconic white wedding gown is the epitome of tradition. A common myth associated with a white gown is an image of purity, which led many brides in the direction of this color century after century. 

In this day and age, white dresses still remain the prevalent choice of the western bride. However, that doesn’t mean you have to go with a stark white gown. 

Here’s a guide to different shades of white to consider once you start your search for the ideal wedding gown.

Shade 1: natural white 

Just as it sounds, natural white is a more subtle tone. Natural white dresses usually come in earth-drawn fabrics, such as silk or chiffon

This is a great shade for a bride who is looking for something more toned down than pure white while still staying within the lines of tradition. 

Because of its subtleness, natural white does a better job at complimenting the bride’s complexion, rather than resulting in a washed out appearance.

Shade 2: pure white

Also called stark white, pure white is the color you want to go with if you are looking for a white that stands out. 

Pure white is among the most common of wedding dress shades, getting its brightness from fabrics that have been bleached. Unlike natural white, pure white has the ability to exude blue undertones. This is important to note because it may not compliment every skin tone! 

Shade 3: ivory

Of all the shades, ivory takes the cake in its range and versatility. Ivory, also referred to as eggshell, brings out the warm undertones to the gown. 

These undertones can range from crème to off-white, and suit just about any skin tone. The best part about ivory dresses is that they’re available in a variety of fabrics and silhouettes. 

Shade 4: Champagne

Champagne shades of white veer away from tradition, offering brides a dress with undertones of light-gold and even pink

Tones for champagne-colored dresses vary depending on fabric choice, which is due to the dying process of the fabric. 

If you are considering lace dresses, it is very common to find a champagne lining, bringing a little color/ hints of gold to your gown.

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