Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017. Photo: Miss America Organization2. White White is common in the Miss America system. Since 2000, 10 of the last 16 winners chose a white, nude or silver gown. This could be because the MAO system is a more conservative, but that mold is changing. White represents innocence, purity and cleanliness. Depending on the make of the gown, with the additional stage lights, you can appear angelic wearing all white. The problem comes when too much white begins to wash you out, so it’s best to either accessorize with a bold color like red or chose a gown that accentuates your best features. White is popular because it can look good on anyone and is a universal color. Shelby Poskochil, The Pageant Planet's Queen of Fashion, says it’s not the white gown who wins but the person in the gown. (Read: How to Win in a White Gown) “White is popular for the simple fact that it is incredibly complementary on so many different types of contestants," said Shelby. "However, ultimately it is not the dress that wins it is the girl inside it.”
Whitney Wandland, Miss Illinois USA 2017. Photo: Whitney Wandland Instagram3. Red Red is also a popular evening gown selection for more obvious reasons. It comes off as captivating and reflects energy, power, strength and maturity. This is my favorite color to wear because it contrasts perfectly with my darker skin tone. Red also excludes confidence and draws the eye to you as a person who is demanding attention, which on stage is exactly what you want to do. (Read: How to Pick the Right Red Evening Gown)
LaToya Mayo, Miss Black District of Columbia USA 2017. Photo: Miss Black District of Columbia4/5. Blue and Green These two colors represent tranquility and a sense of calmness, relaxation and loyalty. Think about it. When people want to take a vacation, where do they usually try to go? The beach (blue water) or somewhere in nature (green). These colors are relaxing to look at. Green, specifically, makes people feel connected to nature. (Read: The Secret to Styling a Green Pageant Gown)
Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011. Photo: Miss USA6. Purple This color can be tricky or masterful, it depends on how the contestant wears it. Purple is rarely found on the pageant stage, but Olivia Culpo introduced this color as one to win in when she took home the Miss USA title. Purple has a long history of representing royalty and wealth. The combination of red and blue creates a mix of power and calmness or tranquility.
Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2012. Miss USA OrganizationPink Pink works when it comes to competing as a Teen, however because of this, pink is a rather popular color in this category, so wearing it could either make you stand out or blend in. When I competed for as a teen in the USA system, out of 110 teens, a good 45-50% of us had on a pink gown, but the winner also wore pink. This color gives the judges a sense of innocence along with kindness. Since pink is often associate with female genders, this color is often associated with youth. (Read: 14 Red and Pink Interview Outfits)
Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLPWhat do the judges say? The evening gown portion puts a stamp on who wins, and the onstage question (if you are doing it in your gown) just secures your win with a bow. When it comes to color, you need to know what looks best with your skin tone. (Read: How Do You Find the Right Evening Gown for Your Skin Tone?) Bunch says that aside from color, if the fit is not up to par, the color does not even matter. “A less expensive gown with a perfect fit is better than an expensive gown that does not fit perfectly,” Bunch said. She says movement, presentation and confidence are key to winning the crown of your dreams. Judges do not look at individual colors, but rather how the girl is portrayed and her overall presence. Shelby also agrees the color does not matter. “I once had a judge tell me that the contestant they select as their winner is always the contestant that they couldn’t even tell you what they were wearing, all they could see was the contestant herself,” Shelby said. Best of luck, ladies! If you have any additional questions, please let us know in the comments and we will get back to you.
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