The white gown.
For some, the dream starts when they are young, pulling dresses from their mom’s closet, spinning and twirling in front of the mirror, imagining themselves one day far far away.
I remember dressing my Barbies up in their ‘fancy’ dresses & using bits of fabric to create a veil. Then Ken would ask Barbie to marry her & she’d say yes, and then they’d smooch and drive away in her brand spanking new hot pink Corvette. Obviously a wedding gift from Ken 😉
When you think of weddings, most people immediately picture that white dress, whatever the shape or style, white seems synonymous when one thinks of a bride’s wedding attire.
So, why is it, when it comes to wedding gowns, most women aim for white?
Personally, I love seeing ladies branching out and donning gowns from the whole color wheel. I think the color of the gown can really represent your personality, add your own unique flair.
Where did this tradition start? Does it really mean purity & virtue?
Well, actually, it started with a Queen.
Queen Victoria to be exact. Back in 1840, she decided to wow the masses and get the gossip mill buzzing by pulling on what some back then would consider an extravagant gown, meant to inform all those viewing that you had enough cash to bling it out. White was not an easy color to clean back then, so most would never consider the stain prone hue since they’d probably never wear it again.
From then on the white gown signified that you were wealthy enough, and therefore many clamored to show off their high class status. Coco Chanel introduce the knee-lengthed white wedding gown during the Edwardian times, and many fashion conscious women never looked back. I mean, come on. It’s Chanel. Who could blame them?
While the depression certainly took it’s toll and many had to make due with what they had at their disposal, some women decided on a short informal white dress, which they would later dye so they could use the dress again for more everday day affairs.
Once Hollywood stars started showing off their weddings and their elaborate designer white wedding duds, the masses were sold. More affordable options became available, and a tradition was made.
Married in white, you have chosen all right. Married in green, ashamed to be seen. Married in red, you will wish yourself dead. Married in blue, you will always be true. Married in yellow, ashamed of your fellow. Married in black, you will wish yourself back. Married in pink, your spirits will sink.
Some think this little ditty sums up the superstitions of wearing something other than white. Personally, I think it’s silly. You make your own luck!
Not to mention, pink never made my spirits sink and ashamed of green, my favorite color?! Watch your tongue!
I would love the trend to bend and start to see more women adding color to their days in the form of brightly hued gowns. Who said that the bridemaids & flowers were the ones to have all the color fun!? I love it when gals bring in a shot of color when it comes to their shoes, but I really get excited when I see ladies bringing out the big guns, with bright vibrant gowns and a shock of color for their veil.
I can imagine a bride in a bright poppy gown or dreamy yellow, and her gals wearing the white dresses.
What it comes down to is, if white just isn’t your thing, change it up! No one said you had to wear white. Okay, maybe your mom did. But it’s your wedding! Wear what you want. And if what you want is that gorgeous white gown you’ve dreamed of since you were little, then go for it.
If you dream of a silky flowy gown of light green silk, then wear it.
It’s your day, color it your way!
Ciao + Love,