Ask Belle: Prints for Weddings
May 28, 2013
I know it’s a total “No” to wear white to a wedding, but when you’re talking about a printed dress or top, is there an acceptable amount of white?
I have seen a few women wear patterns that are white and a color to weddings. Typically, I see black and white patterns, which are on-trend right now. So let’s talk about those.
Two of these dresses are wedding-appopriate and one is not. Can you guess which one is not?
It’s the first one. Why?
Because while the middle part of the dress is mostly black, the top is white. So in photos, it will look like you are wearing white. Thus, if you’re looking for a good barometer of whether your dress is okay to wear to a wedding, ask yourself, “What will this dress look like in pictures?”
The other two dresses, in my opinion, would be fine to wear to a wedding because the middle dress is black with just a bit of white, and the third dress mixes in another color which vastly overpowers the white.
Now, if you like the idea of a lace print, like on the first dress, DKNY has one that is mostly black. And if you’d like some color, Kay Unger offers one that is navy and white, however, it may be too much white.
Prefer some color with your black and white print? The yellow trim on this dress is nice. The blue band on the bottom of this casual-wedding dress is lovely.
If you’re going to wear a white-based print that isn’t black and white, I recommend choosing a bright shade or a bold shade. No pale pastels, no blush tones, no light browns or beiges. You need real contrast to pull this look off.