There's even a Facebook page for the project, and just the other day one of the group members asked about wearing veils in colors other than the traditional black, white and beige. Is there a right or wrong color? How do you know what color to wear, and when to wear it?
What's the right color?
In a nutshell, the right color for you is whatever color you feel comfortable in! There was a time when it was expected that single women wore white or beige veils, and married women wore black. Now that veiling is making a comeback, there really are no "rules" as far as color. Which, of course, leaves it up to us to decide. And I don't know about you, but for me - I see so many pretty colors that it's at times overwhelming! So let's start with the neutral colors.
Neutrals are always a good choice. They match well with any outfit, and are classic and traditional. You can't go wrong with a veil in black, white, beige (ecru, ivory), navy, brown, gray and even light peach.
I truly believe that a neutral is the best choice for a first veil. Why? You can get used to wearing a veil without the added concern of matching. Some of the neutrals can also be worn seasonally (for example, peach for Easter). A neutral veil is the "little black dress" of veils!
|French Fleur de Lis in Black|
Following the Liturgical Seasons or the Four Seasons
Many women choose to follow the Liturgical seasons, matching their veil color to the priest's vestments or to the colors commonly associated with that season. Some colors can double as Advent, Lent and Easter veils (purples and pinks).
Other ladies choose to follow the four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Here are a few examples:
For Advent, Lent or Easter:
For Christmas or Winter:
with Metallic Accents
For Spring, Summer and Fall:
The color blue is associated with the Virgin Mary, and some women choose to wear blue to honor her, especially on Marian days. Blue veils also double as neutral (navy), Easter (pastel blues), and summer veils!
If you are new to veiling, I suggest you choose a neutral veil for your first one. Wear it around the house until you feel comfortable with it on your head. Then wear it to Adoration, and finally to Mass!
When you are ready to take the color leap, start wearing a different color veil at the beginning of a new liturgical season. The Advent Veiling Project is a great example of this. Having a friend to do this with also makes it easier, so ask around. You'll be surprised how having a "partner in crime" makes it fun, too!
At the end of the day, it's all about preference. Wear the veil that you feel comfortable in. Don't push yourself to wear a new color if truly you are at ease in your black or beige veil.
I'll leave you with this beautiful image that my friend Betty shared: a priest was once asked what he thought of veils in different colors, and he said he loved turning to look at the congregation and seeing all the lovely colors. It made him think of the garden of heaven.