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Posted by Cayla Capri
Chasing Rainbows
How-not to-wear-white on your wedding day is hardly deserving of a guide – it’s as easy as a ‘paint by numbers’ set. Think rich scarlet red for joy and good fortune, or royal blue for renaissance-type regalia.
For a little inspiration, be sure to peruse www.weddingbycolor.com or www.offbeatbride.com for some gorgeous gowns that go beyond the pale.
dab and dash
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Photo by Boutwell Studio
If the idea of a solid monochromatic veers too far off into the forests of edginess, opt for just a pop of color on a:
Hem or neckline
Sash or bow
Skirt embroidery
Inset panel
dramatic monologue
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London-based designer, David Fielden, blew marital minds when he suggested the bride go solo a la unabashed black, while the ladies-in-waiting donned the traditional white. For something more subtle yet enduringly striking, consider:
Benjamin Roberts vintage collection of guilded silk and iridescent taffeta in lilac, pink, gold and sage
An all-black stunner (try Marchesa) for Sarah Jessica Parker’s hue of choice upon marrying hubbie, Matthew Broderick
Flushing rose gown by Vera Wang complete with sheer crimson boodle rose and rich swagging
playful pastels
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Photo by Jenny Yoo
Pastels are soft, shimmery, and do a stand-up job when it comes to bringing out a radiant skin-tone. Try an innocent yet elegant:
Silk chiffon dress such as the Jenny Yoo darling, ‘Sweetpea’
A Reem Acra hint of ice-cream parlor mint
Crinkle chiffon gown by Melissa Sweet in adorable ‘Sunshine’
play on white
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Photo by Badgley Mischka
Luckily for all bridal bookies, synonyms for white are far from obsolete – look for fabrics deemed eggshell, ecru, ivory, or snow for something out-of-the-box but not hairy-scary:
Diamond-in-the-buff Badgley Mischka platinum label tissue lame
Alfred Angelo champagne ball gown with bustle back and chapel-length train
Custom silk faille siren gown from Vera Wang Bridal