Wedding Accessories: What Color Hose for Darker Skin Tones?

Q:

I'm an African-American bride and I'll be wearing an ivory-colored wedding gown on my big day. I'm trying to pick out the perfect pair of pantyhose. What shades will best complement my skin tone and wedding dress color?

A:

An excellent question! Many brides don't give enough thought to this crucial wedding undergarment . Believe it or not, you have several options: Find a sheer ivory shade that matches your wedding gown fabric (bring a swatch when you shop), but stay away from white – it's too stark a contrast and the colors will clash. (In fact, only brides wearing pure white wedding gowns should consider white hose.) Another popular choice for subtle elegance is nude pantyhose in a shade that compliments your skin tone. Or, if you seek a sexier look, try a pair with a glimmer or sheen to them, in a shade lighter than your wedding gown. Definitely test-drive a few different colors before the big day. Try them on at home with your gown in lighting appropriate to your wedding day to see which looks best.