What color tux goes with an ivory dress?

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What color tux goes with an ivory dress?
An ivory dress is slightly more yellow than a white dress. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Special occasions such as a wedding require that the couple wear matching attire to symbolise unity, style and elegance. An ivory-coloured wedding dress is a simple alternative to a pure white dress, but the same rules regarding the colour of the tuxedo don't apply for both dress colours. The colours of wedding attire depend on personal preference, but they do reflect the knowledge and sense of style of the couple.

White Tux

According to wedding experts, a white tux may look dirty against a white dress, but it is an acceptable colour. However, it would look more appealing to stay away from an all-white look and match a white tux with an ivory-coloured shirt. Another option is to wear an ivory-coloured tie with a white tux, and with either a white or ivory shirt.

Ivory Tuxedo

An ivory-coloured tuxedo looks appealing against an ivory dress, as long as the ivory colours match. It doesn't have to be an exact match, but should be as close as possible. Wear an ivory tux with an ivory vest, ivory tie and white shirt to break up the ivory tone a bit. The colour of the shirt you choose should reflect personal preference -- a colour that you feel comfortable wearing.

Black Tuxedo

Black tuxedos contrast nicely against a white dress. The key to wearing a black tuxedo is the colour of the shirt and tie. At least one article should be ivory. Wearing a black tuxedo while the bride wears an ivory dress makes the colour of the dress stand out instead of clashing against an ivory tuxedo. Choose either an ivory shirt or a white shirt with an ivory tie. According to Weddings Galore, the groom does not need to wear an ivory-coloured shirt. However, the colour of the dress and the colour of the shirt should match, meaning the dress shouldn't look too antique or too yellow compared to the shirt.


If you choose not to wear anything in the colour of ivory, meaning the tuxedo, shirt or tie, you can always make up for it with accessories -- more specifically, the boutonnière. Make sure that at least the boutonnière is ivory coloured. You can wear this accessory even with a classic black suit and white shirt combination. At least one item worn by the groom should be a matching ivory colour, similar to the dress colour of the bride.

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