Making an Off White Wedding Dress Whiter?

Making an Egg Shell Colored  Dress Whiter - lace against the white slip
Trying to whiten an off white or eggshell colored dress can be difficult to impossible. Polyester fabrics are not a good choice for this process. Likewise, even cottons may not result in the desired effect. This is a page about making an off white wedding dress whiter.

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October 5, 2020

I bought a lace beach wedding dress and now that I'm not getting married on a beach due to Covid I ordered an overskirt. The overskirt is satin. They are two different colours of white.

The skirt is a bright white. Can I use bleach or a non bleaching whitening laundry product to brighten it up to match?

Whitening Lace Wedding Dress? - photo of the dress on Amazon


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October 5, 20200 found this helpful
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This dress is probably at least part polyester and, no matter what is usually said, polyester rarely turns out the way you want it to when trying to change the 'color'.


Your dress is new so I would recommend that you contact the store and ask their advice about this dress and maybe they will have some suggestions.
Did you buy the over skirt from the same store?
It does not matter as they should still try to help you resolve this problem.
They may have an over skirt that will work better than your satin one (mixing 2 different materials is very difficult to obtain the same whiteness or 'color'.
You can return the satin over skirt?
Good wishes for your upcoming wedding.

October 13, 20200 found this helpful
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Unfortunately, this all depends on the fiber content of the dress and skirt fabric. Bleach and bleach-type products only work on natural fibers, like linen and cotton, since they are porous and can release their color. It sounds like your garments are probably synthetic fibers. These have the color chemically added when the fiber is made, which is why it is so hard to alter the color.


You would probably do best to take your dress with you and buy either a new skirt or fabric to match. If you cant return it, perhaps you could recycle the skirt by using the fabric for decorations or favors? Best of luck to you! :-)

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March 31, 2017

My wedding dress is just a regular dress that was white lace on top of a beige slip, I got the slip changed to white so it would be more bridal. It is attached to the dress. I'd like the lace to be whiter to fit better with the rest of my accessories and the super white slip.

Right now it's an awkward egg shell colour. How can I get the lace dress whiter without ruining the attached slip? I have a whitening powder, can I use that?

Making an Egg Shell Colored Dress Whiter - lace against the white slip
Making an Egg Shell Colored Dress Whiter


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I believe you should look at the worse case scenario - what if trying to whiten this dress completely ruins it? What will your options be if you cannot wear this dress?


The dress looks lovely in the photo but of course we cannot really "see" the actual color that you are seeing. Most likely there are at least 2 different materials involved and maybe even 3 so anything you try to do may be a disaster. Most likely at least one of the materials is polyester (slip?) and since this is attached you will have to use something that would not change this white to ??? as polyester is very unpredictable.
Maybe the color looks "bad" to you but it may look lovely to others (unless you tell them you think it looks bad).
If you feel the color of this dress will ruin your memories of this special day then by all means try whitening and hope for the best. Then, if it does not work go out and buy a similar white dress.
Best wishes for a happy special day.

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