How to Wear a White Gown without Looking Like a Bride

Clarisse white homecoming dress 2014

Short Clarisse dress 2014

Skipping the veil on your head is a great start to not looking like a bride in a white evening gown at prom! But that’s a given. Here are a few other tips that can help you look like you’re heading out for an elegant night rather than a walk down the aisle.

Pick a dress with a modern vibe. Ball gowns have long been the traditional bridal look, so opting for a different style will ensure that you avoid a bridal feel. Short cocktail dresses are always cute  and sheath dresses with modern and intricate embroidery, embellishments or peekaboo cutouts generally don’t scream “wedding”. Asymmetrical cuts on the bodice and skirt will also keep you far from the traditional princess bride appearance.

Give your dress an edge. Giving your all-white dress a modern edge can take it away from the bridal zone. Try pairing it with eye-catching accessories in non-bridal colors that really pop. White with black accessories is chic and classic look, or you can go for a wild and unexpected hot pink, sizzling blue or a deep, luxurious green or purple. A colorful or embellished waist sash definitely kills the bridal vibe, as long as your gown is cut to accommodate the sash.

Use white as a backdrop, not as the main attraction. White gowns don’t have to be all-white, but can instead feature some of the same popping colors or embellishment you might consider for accessories. a gold lace overlay makes a dramatic statement on white while avoiding a bridal vibe.

White can be a wonderful choice for any season and we hope these tips make it work for any formal occasion!

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One Response to How to Wear a White Gown without Looking Like a Bride

  1. nicole says:

    i dont think it is a good choice to ask bridesmaids to wear white colour

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