Find the perfect dress for you!
On her wedding day, a woman should be certain she has found a dress that makes her feel confident, and above all else, beautiful.” — Carolina Herrera
Shopping for your perfect wedding dress is both extremely exciting and stressful. You’ve been dreaming about your wedding day since you were a little girl. Now, you finally have the chance to find a dress that makes you look and feel like a queen!
What many brides tend to forget before they go for a dress fitting is that a dress needs to enhance two things:
- Your silhouette
- Your complexion
Apple, banana, pear or hourglass? You probably know what type of body shape you have. But do you know what tone your skin is?
3 Ways to Determine Your Skin Tone
Before you start shopping for your wedding dress, you need to figure out what skin tone you have. This way, you can find a dress that suits you perfectly. Here are 3 ways to determine your skin tone:
Hold a white piece of paper against your face and look in the mirror to see how your skin looks compared to the paper. It may either have a rosy, yellow or blue-red cast, or just seem grey.
- Rosy, pink or bluish-red indicates a cool skin tone.
- Yellowish indicates a warm skin tone.
- Grey indicates an olive complexion with a natural undertone.
- If you can’t determine a cast of any specific colour, you probably have a neutral skin tone.
In natural light, look at the color of the veins on the inside of your wrist. This is a quick and easy way for you to determine your undertones.
- Blue or purple indicates a cool skin tone.
- Green indicates a warm skin tone.
- Green or blue indicates a neutral skin tone.
Hold silver jewelry in front of your face so that it reflects light back on your skin. Determine whether it washes you out or enhances your skin. Do the same with gold jewelry. Which suits you best?
- Gold indicates a warm skin tone.
- Silver indicates a cool skin tone.
- If neither make a difference, you probably have a neutral skin tone.
Which Wedding Dress Shade of White is Perfect for You?
Do you want your complexion to look clearer, your teeth whiter and your eyes brighter?
Choosing the wrong colours may make you seem pale and washed out. Choosing the right colours in everything, including makeup, jewellery and clothing will make you look healthy, happy and radiant on your wedding day. Once you’ve determined your skin tone, you can find the perfect colour for you. Here are the main variations:
- Stark White. This is the whitest, crispest and brightest of all the whites. Stark white dresses are usually made with synthetic fabrics, such as polyester blends, satins, taffetas. This type of white usually compliments dark skin. Because it’s a rather “harsh” shade for fair skin.
- Natural White. This is also a crisp white. But, it’s a little less intense and a lot softer. It’s usually comprised of natural fibres like chiffon or silk. It does not wash out pale complexions as much as stark white and is suitable for most skin tones, especially skin tones with yellow undertones.
- Ivory. Also known as eggshell or candlelight, ivory is one of the most popular shades of whites for brides all over the world. It can be found in almost any fabric. While it looks great on almost any skin tone, including fairer skin tones, it seems to clash a bit on skin tones that are too yellow – such as olive skin tones – as it draws out the yellowness of the complexion.
- Champagne. This shade is perfect for dark complexions or yellow undertones. Champagne has a rose or chocolate undertone. Usually made from dying material, such as silk, chiffon or tulle. On the right skin tone, this shade looks extremely sleek and sophisticated.