How to Choose a Wedding Dress for Skin Tone


Certain wedding dress styles may enhance a woman’s appearance more than others. Another way that a bride can enhance her own appearance is by choosing the right wedding gown color. Here are some things that all brides should think about when trying to choose a wedding dress for skin tone.

  • Determine what your skin tone will be during the time of your wedding. Are you planning to go indoor tanning or will you keep your natural skin tone? This is very important for you to determine before you can effectively decide what wedding dress color will be suitable for your skin tone.

  • Decide what colors will go best with the skin tone that you will have during the time of the wedding. Lighter colors enhance medium to dark skin tones. Off-white, cream and light tans will look the best with someone who has a light skin tone. You may want to think about what colors of clothing look good on you when determining what colors may be a suitable option for your wedding dress.

  • Match different shades of wedding gown colors to your skin. At most bridal stores, there will be swatches of material available for women to look at to get an idea of what color they like the best. Most women do not hold the swatches of color up to them to find out if it matches their skin tone. This is best way to really know for sure what wedding dress color is the most suitable for you.

  • Think about the option of a wedding gown that is not entirely white. Whether you choose a wedding gown that is entirely another color or one with another color incorporated into the design, this can be a great choice for people of all skin colors. A wedding dress with black trim or one that is entirely yellow can look stunning on the right person.

  • Ask the bridal shop if it carries the particular wedding dress you like in colors aside from what is shown. Most bridal shops will have the different colors listed in a catalog. It is not uncommon to forget to mention untraditional colors that the dress comes in, such as pink, blue or raspberry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid choosing a wedding dress that has a red base color, such as pink, if your natural skin tone is red.
  • Consider bringing a picture of yourself with the skin tone that you plan to be on your wedding day to match with wedding dress color swatches.

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