Introductory Words

Let's admit that wedding season is approaching, even if you're the niece of the bride or sister of the bride or even a friend of the bride, you still want to look better than the bride herself. But if you yourself are a bride-to-be and don't know how to choose the right bridal dress for you to wear for your wedding, then you have landed on the right page.

You will just rock in your wedding outfit whether you're fair, medium or dark. Mark that, it should be based on your skin tone. Before purchasing a bridal lehenga, please understand your complexion and choose your bridal wear according to that.

Red is the first-thought colour for every Indian bride and most traditional brides do choose a red bridal lehenga but as we all have witnessed in recent celebrity marriages, cut the stereotypes of red bridal lehengas and do consider your skin complexion and give a second thought that whether the red is your colour or not.

Red may look better on dark-skinned brides than on fair-skinned brides. A pink wedding lehenga is more suitable for fair-skinned brides than dark-skinned ones. Consider which lehenga colour suits you best. Don't just follow the trends blindly. Pastel lehenga is trending, but that doesn't mean that colour will suit your skin tone perfectly and you should buy your wedding outfit in that colour.

When you are in a particular shop for your wedding shopping, you may come across the most beautiful wedding dress ever and fall in love with that lehenga just like love at first sight, but when you try it, it does not suit you. We, humans, are very selfish and sometimes we want to wear our “favourite colours” without thinking about whether they will suit us or not.

For example, if pink is your favourite colour, you tried the pink bridal lehenga but no matter how pretty your lehenga is, it won't suit all skin tones. When you dress as a bride, dress in a way that people will notice you, not just your outfit. Dress in a way that you become a fashion icon for your family after your marriage. Never forget this statement while buying a bridal lehenga.

When you are meeting the guests, you should receive compliments like “You look so beautiful in that dress!", Not just "Wow, it's a beautiful dress!". Can you notice the difference? Before rushing to an ethnic wear shop to choose a lehenga for your wedding, do some research and understand what will work for you and what will not. Don't buy the first thing you see, search for a while and choose the best one.

Here are some steps you should follow to buy that perfect one.

1. Identify your skin colour

We Indians mainly have 3 skin tones, Fair, Wheatish, and Dusky. Identify which category you fall into and write it down. The Indian bride's skin colour is always in the spotlight because bridal outfits come in a huge variety of colours.

2. Identify your skin undertone

This is a very essential factor. Your undertone defines which colour suits you. We have two major undertones, a Warm undertone and a Cool undertone. If it is a little bit confusing for you, try out some of your white and off-white fabrics. If your skin looks bright when you wear white clothes, you have a cool undertone. If your skin does not look bright, then you have a warm undertone.

If you are still unable to figure out the undertone test, try out another one for which your veins will help you out. If your wrist veins are blue you have a cool undertone and if they are green you have a warm undertone.

3. Colours based on seasons

Choosing the right Lehenga colour for your skin tone is important, but the seasons also play a vital role in the selection process. This technique may seem a bit problematic, but if you have a clear understanding of the first two steps, you are just fine.

If you have warm undertones or warm undertones with tan, your colour is spring. If you have a fair and cool undertone, you are summer. And if you have cool tones you are in autumn. Autumn for a slightly warm Dusky, otherwise you are winter. Very confusing, isn't it? But no worries. This confusion will soon be resolved.

Now that we have discussed the steps for identifying your skin tones, let us discuss the Colours which will suit the different skin tones.

1. Colours for Cool and Fair skin tone

Light-toned brides should go for colours like Lemon yellow, bubblegum pink, light green, sky blue, etc. In simple words, these skin-toned brides should experiment with the colours which are on the pastel end of the colour range.

2. Colours for Wheatish skin with a Warm undertone

As we discussed earlier, if you have this skin tone, you are the spring, so you should choose shades that are pastel and blocky. Pastel lehenga is a high-trend right now, and if pastels are not for you, don't consider them. Wear the right lehenga colour to highlight your skin tone.

If you're a light-skinned to wheat-skinned bride and pastels are still not your thing, prefer a block-toned lehenga. Of course, lilac, red, orange, chrome yellow, leaf green and even trendy pastels.

3. Colours for Wheatish skin with a Cool undertone (Dark skin with warm undertone)

Brides with this skin tone should consider the colours which fall within the lighter colours on the end of the dark spectrum. Wait what? Which side? Got confused? Don’t worry I will to figure it out.

Wheatish skin with a cool undertone is called autumn and so many times the autumn people are misunderstood with spring people, but eventually your undertone determines the seasons.

So, if you are a cool undertoned or warm dark Indian bride, then you should definitely go for colours like Yellow Ochre, Maroon, Pumpkin Orange, Olive Green, Navy Blue, Purple, Rust, Brown, Jade and Emerald. Contrary to popular belief, choosing a suitable bridal lehenga color for a dark-skinned bride is not difficult.

4. Colours for Cool Dark skin tone

Brides of this category should go for colours like White, Black, Grey, Magenta, Mauve, Burgundy, Dark Blue, Violet, Christmas Green, Wine, Copper, etc. Besides this brides who fall in this category, I would very much like to tell you that you have the most beautiful skin tone among all the other categories. Do not let yourself stop from getting an amazing bridal lehenga for your wedding, just flaunt your look in your bridal wear.

As a Conclusion

This analysis can be used not just for the wedding outfit but for your every outfit, whatever the occasion may be. Last but not least, this guide is not intended to change the way you look at fashion or your favorite colors thoroughly, but rather to give you some direction on your fashion sense.

For example, if you are a winter and you like red, you can choose wine or burgundy instead of the usual crimson red. Or, if you are a fall and you like yellow, you can wear ochre yellow instead of lemon yellow. Learn to differentiate these details and you will rock your wedding.