Choosing the Right Colour for Your Evening Gown

Gowns & Suits, Wedding Advice
There isn’t much talk on the Internet about the imperative evening gown – the brides change into the gown halfway through a wedding dinner and end the night with it. Yet, there is so much to consider when choosing this second gown!
 
The colour you choose may be the most important aspect of this gown, as it can either cause you to look washed out and tired or super vibrant and alive. Should you go for pastels, or bold colours? How is it possible that one shade of red can make your skin glow, and another similar shade makes you look so dull?
 
To solve these questions, you just need to understand your true skin tone. Your surface skin is what we refer to as fair, medium or tan; but it does not determine your undertone. There are three categories of true skin tones: cool (pink, red or bluish undertones), warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones) or neutral (a mix of warm and cool undertones). Once you have figured out your undertone, it gets really easy to choose your gown colour.

Warm Skin Tones

For these ladies, the best colours are those that richly reflect nature. Choose warm colours such as red, peach, coral, orange, amber, gold, and yellow. Also try "warmer" versions of cool colours, like olive, moss, orchid, and violet-red. Neutrals that include taupe, cappuccino, cream, and mushroom grey will also work well with your skin. Avoid chilly colours like icy blues or jewel as they can wash you out, making your skin looks grey.
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Cool Skin Tones

The best colours for the cool-toned are inspired by the ocean and winter. Bright blues, emeralds, and deep purples will look amazing, as well as frosty shades of lavender, ice blue, or pink. For warmer colours, give ruby, bright rosy red, or super-pale yellows a shot. Cool grey, bright white, and navy are great neutrals to wear. Avoid orange, tomato red, and strong yellows, which may completely clash with your skin.

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Neutral Skin Tones

Neutrals can wear almost anything on the colour wheel — but it is still typically best to go for softened or muted versions of a colour instead of the brighter ones. Choose colours such as dusty pink, jade green, cornsilk yellow, or lagoon blue. Off-whites, coffee, mid-range greys, and black are your best neutral friends. Bold oversaturated colours like electric blue and magenta can be overwhelming for neutral skin tones, but there's one big exception to this: never be afraid to wear a bright, true red.


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There are some colours that look great on any skin tone as they provide a perfect balance of warm and cool that doesn’t clash with your skin. Pure white goes great with everyone's skin. If you have a white garment that looks slightly off on you, look at it in natural light and make sure it doesn't actually have cool or warm undertones that weren’t so obvious on display. Light blush pink is a great brightener for any skin tone and it brings out the natural glow of your face. Teal with a perfect mix of blue and green is a great summer or winter shade that anyone can wear. For a dark colour, eggplant purple is a great choice, acting like a neutral and accentuating your skin without overpowering it.
 
Now go forth, and find that perfect evening gown!
 
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