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Would you wear...red?

  |   By Nicole Keen

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A couple of days ago Alison passed along an interesting article about South Asian bridal fashion, and it got me thinking a lot about colours and the role they play in wedding traditions. Apparently some South Asian brides are now choosing to wear ensembles in white or ivory that more closely reflect Western wedding garb, but bright shades of red, pink and orange (which are traditional to this culture) still dominate. Furthermore, Chinese brides often wear red, as it symbolizes good luck and is thought to ward off evil spirits. Cultural significance aside, it seems that more and more brides are simply choosing to wear colours other than white for the big day. A recently engaged friend of mine floated the idea of a pink dress, and I say, go for it! There's nothing wrong with "borrowing" from a non-Western tradition and expressing your true colours (whether they be cream or otherwise!). I've chosen to feature these two dresses (by Monique Lhuillier and Oscar de la Renta, naturally) because they look stunning as is, but would also look lovely in white. What do you say—white or bright? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

This article was originally published on Jun 17, 2010
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