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Many people select the colour of the dress by the colour of their hair, the darker the hair the whiter/lighter the dress. However, this is often a flawed way of making the decision. The actual thing that should dictate the colour of the dress is your skin tone. Warm skin tones should be complemented with creams and golden ivoryís or warm coloured materials, whereas cool skin tones work better with whites, blue based ivoryís or cool coloured materials. All colours have either a blue (cool) or yellow (warm) undertone, for example you can normally find a warm lilac or a cool lilac.


You can tell if you skin colour is warm or cool by looking at the veins in your arm - if they look blue you will probably have a cool skin tone and if they look green you are more likely to have warm skin tone. Alternatively warm skin tones are usually defined by golden (yellow) or peach (orange) undertones, whereas cool tones have blue or pale pink undertones. A final test is to tie back your hair and hold a piece of yellow fabric against your face - this will either make you glow or make you look pasty (as in pale - not like a Cornish delicacy from the bakers!). You can double check the result by doing the same thing again with a blue fabric - which should have the opposite effect.


If you're feeling flush, an expert colourist can do a full colour analysis for you. This will normally include having you make-up done and advice on hair colour - we're sure that most of them may throw in some free advice about what colour Wedding dress to go for as well! Often colour analysis can be organised for a girly party night, and they can help you to pick the exact colours and shades to include in your Wedding.


Once you know the colour of your dress, itís time to get stuck in to all the other elements. The perfect place to start is our article entitled Suiting Your Shape, so without further ado, why not head there right now?



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