Ever since Vera Wang started showing pale lavender gowns on the runway in 2008, many stylish brides have taken the color plunge for their own weddings. But there have been a lot of faux pas along the way — just like any trend, there are rules for how to wear it:
Rule 1: Avoid jewel-tones
Your wedding – no matter the season, color scheme or setting – is the time or place for deep reds or purples. These gaudy Don’ts should make that perfectly clear.
2. Stick to muted shades
Think subdued colors like pale lavender, light blue or silver-gray, like Vera Wang’s Fall 2010 show.
3. Take a cue from Reese Witherspoon
Take a page out of Reese’s book with a pale pink, simple strapless wedding dress. We’re love this Ethereal by Leila Hafzi Mariam Gown ($1,833). Pale pink is also a great color for second weddings.
4. Go for a simple silhouette
Try a Grecian or silky gown, like this Marchesa V Neck Full Skirted Gown ($4,950), instead of something overly busy or intricate.
5. Try colorful accessories instead
If you want to wear color on your wedding day, but aren’t sure whether you can pull it off, a great place to start is with your accessories. Opt for a colorful shoe or clutch bag, like this Badgley Mischka Lacie Open Toe Pumps ($215) or Nadri Micro Pavé Bangle ($98).
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