Wedding Colour Advice and Style Tips
Choosing the choosing a dress to wear to a wedding is one of the most important decisions before the big day, not only the bride but for every guest as well! Not only does the wedding theme need to be taken into consideration, but your personality and complexion do, too. Which colours will compliment your hair? Your eyes? Your skin tone and shape?
No need to panic! Our stylists compiled a list of tips and some colouring advice from our professional colour consultations into some fun look boards. Get inspired and don’t forget to get in touch with Style Doctors before going on your next shopping trip.
The key to colour pairing is contrast – so keep that in mind as you see what our stylists have hand-selected for you.
Brights: red, orange, yellow, royal blue, kelly green
Warm, bright colours like orange and red create gorgeous contrast with darker-skinned, darker-haired women. Cool brights like royal blue and kelly green create a lovely balance with rosy complexions, especially with blondes or redheads. A fun jumpsuit is an unexpected twist on a classic summer dress, and a very trendy statement to make this season. If you’re very deliberate with styling, accessorise your dress or jumpsuit with the opposite bright palette. If you have an orange jumpsuit, try a blue heel. If you’re wearing a yellow dress, make it pop with a red stiletto.
Pastel colours: powder blue, pale pink, tangerine, mint green, pale yellow, lavender
With pastels, you can split them into two groups: cool pastels include mint, powder blue, and lavender; warm pastels include pale pink, tangerine, and pale yellow. The cool pastels compliment rosy complexions very nicely as they balance the reddish colouring (that powder blue looks especially good on redheads!) and the warm pastels work great with tan skin tones and darker hair. These pale pinks and yellows can quickly wash out a rosy or extremely light complexion. And the cooler colours mute any warmth in dark or tan tones. Remember, pale and warm complexion = cool colours; cool or darker complexion = warm colours. This isn’t a fail-safe, and there’s reasons to break these guidelines, but it’s a good place to start. If you’re worried about choosing the right colour for you, go for a print that includes all of them like our stylists have chosen below.
Neutral metallics: gold, silver, nude, blush, occasionally white or black
Our stylists love metallics because of the texture. Mixing textures is one of the most creative ways to make a big statement. Neutrals act as a blank slate for your outfit, so fit and quality are especially important when investing in these types of clothes. Browns and blush tones look especially great on pale complexions. Whites, beiges, and camel tones look fantastic on darker complexions and darker hair colours. For day, style your metallics can be worn with jeans or a clean trouser, with a pair of flats and casual jewellery. Switch those things out for some heels and sparkly accessories for nighttime.
Now it’s your turn
After reading these guidelines you should have a basic understanding of which colours work, and colours (alongside the fit of the clothing,) are the most important things when it comes to creating a complete look. Even though it’s the bride’s day, it doesn’t mean that you can’t look just as fab. If you’re struggling with the ideal of contrast colour pairing or feel like you don’t fit into a colouring category described above, feel free to reach out to our stylists. We have years of experience in colour consultations and personal shopping, helping men and women find the perfect outfit for any occasion. The perfect look is out there just for you, and we can help you get there.