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By Jill Kirsh

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Recently I took part in a bridal fair (my very first) where I was invited to work with a plethora of lovely brides-to-be to help them choose their best shade of white for their special day, along with consulting with them on all their complementary shades for the entire wedding.

Photo: Meghan Markle InStyle.com

The world is now abuzz for the royal wedding and although we’re positive that Meghan Markle will be absolutely exquisite, we’re so hoping she’ll be draped in her best hue! We all know that during her courtship with Prince Harry, Meghan broke some of the royal traditions, so it’ll be interesting to see if she breaks the royal rules of wearing a gown with sleeves, showing no cleavage and no bare legs. However, no matter what silhouette she chooses, it should be pure white to show off her coloring and make her skin really glow.

What shade of white should you wear? I thought I’d share with you some tips on choosing the absolute best white for your extraordinarily special day and beyond.

Just to give you an idea of my how I’ve chosen these shades, each one is based on ones present hair color. Your hair is what frames your face – your eyes, your smile – and you so want to incorporate it when choosing shades for fashion and beauty. When your hair color is in sync with the colors you’re wearing, it pulls the viewer’s attention up to your face and really pops your eyes and your smile. Try it!

Here are some tips for all the brides to be and for everyone who’s just curious about their best shade of white for summer and beyond.

If your hair is a deep honey blonde, red or golden brown, like Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks or Natalie Portman, then champagne white is total perfection for you. The rich warmth of this shade creates a harmonious balance with the vibrant warmth of these hair colors.

If your hair is dark brown or black, like Gal Gadot, Tiffany Haddish (who is totally rocking her white in this photo) or Jennifer Connelly, then pure white is fabulous. This cool, deep hair color is a perfect contrast against the stark white of the dress.
(Note to Meghan: this one’s for you!)

If your hair is a warm blonde, like Anna Faris, Jamie Pressly or Margot Robbie, then ivory is the way to go. The light, bright warmth of this shade highlights the warmth of your light blonde hair.

Jill Kirsh is a color coach and Hollywood’s Guru of Hue. She was named Best Color Consultant by Los Angeles magazine and is frequently called upon by Red Carpet celebs, Grammy winning musicians and titans of business for color coaching and has done many in store events for some of your favorite retailers. Additionally, Jill has worked with many community outreach groups including Dress for Success, The Fulfillment Fund, The Cinderella Project and Beauty Bus. Get her swatch book of your best colors on Amazon or her website jillkirshcolor.com

Originally published May 2018

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