IT’S HARD TO argue with a classic white wedding — but such blank canvases also seem to cry for a little splash of color. Which might explain why so many stylish brides are punching up their ivory gowns with a rainbow of accessories — headbands bedecked with buttery rosettes, aquamarine shoes, trains of lilac silk — that show off a little personality and playfulness. “Color is a great way to put your own stamp on a bridal look,” says Julia Lichtmann Kepniss, co-owner of Georgetown’s Hitched bridal boutique. “It lets you break out of the box, but without going overboard.”

» The long lilac sash on Amsale’s tulle-skirted gown ($3,750, Hitched, 1523 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-333-6162) plays up Suzanne Somersall’s pink sapphire earrings ($3,000).

» A yellow rosette headband ($32, 3222 M St. NW; 202-337-1363) makes a sweet topper for the “Jenny” dress by D.C.-based line Punk Rock Bride ($3,500).

» Cover up with a romantic, ruched shawl in celery green ($32). Worn with J.Crew’s beach wedding-worthy draped goddess gown ($475).

» Teal heels ($162, The Shoe Hive, 127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-548-7105) pop from under Badgley Mischka’s gown ($3,510, Chevy Chase Bridal, 5300 Wisconsin Ave.; 202-363-9301).

» Pin on a dramatic coral linen rose ($85) to add extra oomph to a sleek dress, such as this tiered version from Amy Kuschel ($2,700, Hitched).

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