Ask Angie: Ivory and White

I know people usually look better in one or the other but is it possible that someone will look equally fine in both cream/ivory and stark white?

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  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    Aida, I know it's possible to look horrible in both, because I do! :-}

  • Mo replied 8 years ago

    I just recently read about this. It basically says the right one makes the white of your eyes look whiter. http://www.insideoutstyleblog......white.html

  • annagybe replied 8 years ago

    Actually when I was glasses shopping with Angie and she agreed with me that I can wear both. I do wear both, and was a bench sitter on that blog poll.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Aw Una that's not true, I'm sure there's a white out there for you!

    Mo that is an interesting idea, I will have to look into that test. I'm really having the damnedest time figuring out what exactly my skin coloring is.

  • taylor replied 8 years ago

    I think Angie is one who looks equally well in both.:)

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Anna, this is interesting news. I'm trying to figure out if I'm the same, how did you two come to that decision?

    Taylor, you are right about that! But I don't think my coloring is like hers at all hehe

  • annagybe replied 8 years ago

    We really didn't come to decision, it was more the fact that she agreed with me. For me it's slightly seasonal. I prefer stark white in summer, and cream other times.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Even for those colors near your face? Or just as accents? I'm trying to re-do my color analysis and I just keep getting confuddled.

  • annagybe replied 8 years ago

    Well I own two stark white dresses, a mostly white tunic with some black pattern. I have a cream silk tunic and cream and black dress. I guess the only way to see if one works better for you is to try them on in natural light. Does one make you look more drained or more alive?

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    I just feel like one makes the overall outfit look softer (ivory) and the other makes it look a bit harsher (white) but not in a way that makes ME look softer/harsher. Not sure if that makes sense, or if I'm even right about it.

    The color balance isn't the same on these so I'm not sure how helpful this is, but here are two outfits with the same teal cardigan: this one has ivory and this one has white. If we happen to magically get some sun tomorrow I'll try to take some photos outside of both colors so my skin actually looks the same.

  • annagybe replied 8 years ago

    What you're saying makes sense. Stark white is harsher, it's devoid of all color and tint (in color theory world, not physics).
    In those pictures I don't see a huge difference. I have a slight preference for the ivory because I think of teal as a midtone color and looks better with other muted colors.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    I think you're right about the teal, will keep that in mind for the future. I generally use white when I want a lot of contrast (and roughness) in a look and ivory when I want a gentler look, but it would certainly be easier to match things if I stuck to one; I don't have the skills to mix the two yet. I'll definitely try to take some new photos in the next day or two, but might have to wait for snow to melt. (Did you guys get any in Seattle? We got like 4" up in Everett and probably another 4" tomorrow coming!)

  • annagybe replied 8 years ago

    Yeah you might have to wait for the weekend for sun.
    It's snowing right now but not sticking. I'm really hoping it doesn't stick tonight.

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    Aida, I actually look equally good in both cream and white - like Anna. (Thanks, Taylor:)). So it's possible that you do too!

    Una, you do look good in both white and cream.

    I hope that this snow doesn't stick either.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Good to know; all the info I've read says people wear one or the other and very offhandedly mention that very occasionally there are people that are able to wear both. But never explain further. I will try a test with both colors once it's not freezing and post for feedback. I'll solve this skin-tone thing once and for all (maybe)!

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