Best colors for pageant gowns






White is the hands-down best color for pageant evening gowns, but other colors can win as well.  Here is how pageant gown colors rate…

The pageant evening gown competition is your opportunity to shine and convey to judges that you should be their queen.  But what is the best color to wear in the evening gown competition?  And what colors have pageant winners worn most successfully? Are there certain “winning pageant evening gown colors”? Yes, certain colors do perform better in pageants. The following is a listing of recent major pageant titleholders and the evening gown colors they wore to win their coveted crowns. *

*Some winners are listed twice: Miss USAs who changed gowns for the Miss Universe Pageant, and Miss Americas who wore different gowns for the preliminary and final evening gown competitions.

Winners in White:

 2011 Miss Earth in white pageant gown

Miss Earth Olga Álava (Miss Ecuador) wore the traditional white gown during the 2011 Miss Earth Pageant evening gown competition.

  • Miss Universe 2013 (white with silver tones)
  • Miss America 2013
  • Miss USA 2013 (white w/ gold beading)
  • Miss America 2011
  • Miss Collegiate America 2011
  • Miss International 2011
  • Miss Earth 2011 (to right)
  • Miss World 2010
  • Miss America 2009
  • Miss World 2009
  • Miss Teen USA 2009
  • Miss International 2009
  • Miss Teen USA 2008
  • Miss America 2006
  • Miss World 2006
  • Miss USA 2006
  • Miss Teen USA 2006
  • Miss International 2006
  • Miss Universe 2005
  • Miss America 2005
  • Miss Teen USA 2005
  • Miss International 2005
  • Miss Teen USA 2004
  • Miss Universe 2003
  • Miss USA 2003
  • Miss Teen USA 2003
  • Miss Universe 2002
  • Miss USA 2002
  • Miss Universe 2001
  • Miss USA 2001
  • Miss Teen USA 2001
  • Miss World 2000
  • Miss Teen USA 2000
  • Miss World 1999
  • Miss USA 1999
  • Miss Universe 1998
  • Miss World 1998
  • Miss America 1998
  • Miss Teen USA 1998
  • Miss International 1998
  • Miss World 1997
  • Miss America 1997
  • Miss Universe 1996
  • Miss USA 1996
  • Miss Teen USA 1996
  • Miss America 1995
  • Miss Teen USA 1995
  • Miss World 1994
  • Miss Junior Miss 1994
  • Miss Universe 1993
  • Mrs. America 1993
  • Miss USA 1993
  • Mrs. America 1992
  • Miss USSR 1990
  • Miss Universe 1990
  • Miss T.E.E.N. 1990
  • Miss USA 1985
  • Miss World 1982
  • Miss USA 1981
  • Miss World 1980
  • Miss World 1979
  • Miss Universe 1979
  • Miss Universe 1978

best colors for pageant gowns

Christy Fichtner Miss USA 1986

Christy Fichtner, Miss Texas USA, wore a stunning coral pink gown on her way to winning the 1986 Miss USA Pageant.

Winners in Pastels:

  • Miss America 2014 – Pastel yellow
  • Miss World 2013 – Pastel pink
  • Miss World 2011 – pastel pink
  • Miss High School America 2011
  • Miss International 2003 (light yellow, white lace)
  • Miss World 2001 – pastel green
  • Miss Teen USA 1999
  • Miss World-America 1993 – pink
  • Miss USA 1986 – coral pink
  • Miss America 1985 – pastel aqua
  • Miss USA 1985 – pink
  • Miss America 1984 – lilac
  • Miss Universe 1981 – pale pink
  • Miss America 1976 – peach

best colors for pageant gownsFabulous Examples of Pink Pageant Gowns

Pink gowns are just so…pretty!  The ultimate ladylike, girlie color in the evening gown competition! Some of our favorite examples are:

  • Miss World Megan Young, Miss World 2013
  • Ivian Sarcos Colmenares, Miss World 2011
  • Miss High School America 2011, Summer Priester

best colors for pageant gowns

Miss USA 2012, Olivia Culpo, in purple pageant gown

Olivia Culpo, Miss Rhode Island USA, win the Miss USA title wearing a a stunning purple chiffon gown that highlighted her gorgeous brunette hair.

Winners in Bold Colors:

  • Miss World 2012 – royal blue
  • Miss USA 2012 – purple (to right)
  • Miss Collegiate America 2012 – royal blue
  • Miss USA 2011 – green
  • Miss America 2010 – yellow
  • Miss USA 2009 – aqua
  • Miss US International 2009 – yellow
  • Miss World 2008 – dark purple
  • Miss Universe 2008 – yellow
  • Miss World 2007 – royal blue
  • Miss Teen USA 2007 – Dark aqua
  • Miss International 2007 (hot pink)
  • Miss America 2004 – yellow
  • Miss World 2004 – aqua
  • Miss World 2003 – hot pink
  • Miss America 2001 – red
  • Miss Universe 2000 – red
  • Miss America 2000 – aqua
  • Miss Universe 1997 – royal blue
  • Miss Teen USA 1993 – magenta
  • Miss America 1993 – yellow
  • Miss T.E.E.N. 1992 – green
  • Miss Teen USA 1992 – green
  • Miss America 1991 – hot aqua
  • Miss Universe 1986 – hot aqua
  • Miss USA 1983 – royal blue
  • Miss World 1985 – royal blue
  • Miss World 1981 – green

best colors for pageant gownsFabulous Examples of Bold Gem Color Gowns

In the evening gown competition, when contestants often are in a sea of white gowns, a bold gem-colored gown, can help a contestant beautifully stand out from the crowd.

Some of our favorite examples are:

  • Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011, in deep green
  • Miss USA 2012, Olivia Culpo in purple (upper right)
  • Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron in bold yellow

best colors for pageant gowns

Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler evening gown competition

Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, wore a classic black lace-trimmed gown on her way to the 2012 Miss America title.Winners in Black:

Winners in Black:

  • Miss America 2012
  • Miss Universe 2007
  • Miss America 2007
  • Miss World 2005
  • Miss USA 2005
  • Miss America 2002
  • Miss World 2002 (black and red)
  • Miss USA 2000
  • Miss America 1999
  • Miss Universe 1997
  • Miss USA 1997
  • Miss America 1994 (to right)
  • Miss USA 1994
  • Miss America 1992
  • Miss USA 1992
  • Mrs. United States 1992
  • Miss USA 1990
  • Miss USSR 1989

best colors for pageant gowns

Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes gold gown

Leila Lopes, Miss Angola, was named Miss Universe 2011 after wearing white lace and crystal design in the evening gown competition.

Winners in Gold / Skin-tone / Silver

  • Miss Universe 2013 (white with silver tones)
  • Miss Universe 2011 (to right)
  • Miss America 2008
  • Miss USA 2008
  • Miss International 2008
  • Miss Universe 2006
  • Miss International 2006
  • Miss USA 2004
  • Miss America 2003
  • Miss Universe 1999
  • Miss World 1996 (white and gold lace)
  • Miss America 1996
  • Miss Universe 1994
  • Miss Universe 1994
  • Mrs. USA 1993
  • Miss America 1982
  • Miss USA 1982
  • Miss USA 1980*
  • Miss Universe 1980*
  • Miss Universe 1977

best colors for pageant gownsFabulous Examples of Gold/Skin-tone/Taupe Gowns

Due to their elegance (and, perhaps their subconscious association with both nudity and gold?), skin-tone/gold gowns can be absolutely breathtaking in the evening gown competition! Some of our favorite examples are:

  • Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes in light gold lace and crystal
  • Miss Universe 2006, Zuleyka Rivera (Miss Puerto Rico) in skin-tone beaded
  • Miss Universe 1977, Janelle Commissiong (Miss Trinidad & Tobago) in metallic gold
  • Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund in pale beige lace

best colors for pageant gowns

Alize Lily Mounter, Miss England 2011, in red pageant gown

Alize Lily Mounter, Miss England 2011, wore a vibrant red pageant gown to win her title.

Winners in Red:

  • Miss High School America 2012
  • Miss Universe 2010
  • Miss Universe 2009
  • Miss USA 2007
  • Miss International 1997
  • Miss International 1996
  • Miss 1992 World-America
  • Miss Universe 1992
  • Miss Universe 1991
  • Miss USA 1991
  • Miss America 1976

best colors for pageant gowns

*Some winners are listed twice: Miss USAs who changed gowns for the Miss Universe Pageant, and Miss Americas who wore different gowns for the preliminary and final evening gown competitions.

best colors for pageant gowns

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