My dear Daughter in Law Bianca is struggling with a strange request. She has been invited to a wedding where the guests are required to wear Lilac dresses. This is apparently quite the thing in a number of cultures and I was interested to see how she gets on. Lilac is not a fashionable shade this season and she couldn’t find anything in the shops. She ended up buying an inexpensive 100 % polyester Chinese dress on the internet in just the right shade of lilac. It is a glamorous, weddingy design, with a built in bra, boning, back lacing (to accommodate different shapes), draped bodice and full length lined skirt. Bianca has Muted-Deep colouring so light lilac is not her best colour and she doesn’t feel entirely comfortable in it. In the meantime, encouraged by Manuela from Hong Kong, we are considering dying the one she wore for her own wedding.
This got me thinking about co-ordinated weddings which, to my mind, are a bit of an odd concept. But if you wanted to launch a fleet of airlines, or choose bridesmaids’ dresses to match your flowers, what would be a sensible choice?
This Camberwell church group has gone for a print in turquoise and green, teamed with natty apricot and brick head wraps.
So, are there some colours which would suit absolutely everyone, whatever their natural colouring? Well, apparently, there are.
These are known as universal colours – shades which while they may not be the best colour for everyone will be fine on your wedding guests, choir, cabin crew, or congregation – whatever their colour direction. Most of them work because they combine warm and cool colours in roughly equal measure, or because they have a balanced/middling quality to them. They are also medium in value (medium-light, medium, medium-dark) – they are not very dark, light, bright or muted.
- turquoise (blue with some yellow in it)
- teal (blue plus green)
- violet (blue plus red – a balanced colour)
- beige (the ultimate middling colour)
Some other colours have been suggested which seem to work too
- watermelon red (light mid red)
- maize (muted light yellow)
- soft rose (a pink that is neither yellowy nor bluey)
- chocolate brown
- oyster white
Does this make sense? Anyone out there look ghastly in aubergine?