3 Ways to Wear the Colour Nude

March 17, 2010

Daily Digest

3 Ways to Wear the Colour Nude

Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz stayed true to his signature look this season, combining his immaculate draping with the new spring trend – nude shades. His Lanvin collection brought a multitude of flattering neutral colours together from light beige to blush pink such as this stunning Grecian dress as seen above far left.

But it wasn’t just Lanvin that keep their colour base neutral, everyone from Fendi to Chloe focused their collections on the lighter side of the colour spectrum.

Now I know what you’re thinking ladies – “I can’t wear nude” and as a rule I would normally agree that the Irish complexion does not mingle successfully with such tones.  But there’s such an amazing array of flattering nude hues that this season you’ll see that there’s a neutral hue to suit just about everyone.

If the silver grey is too close to your skin tone, go with the muted peach, but please try it – trust me, you will be pleasantly surprised!

If Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks latest turn on the red carpet taught us anything, it is that pale works with pale – but if in doubt, team it with a slick of vibrant red lipstick and an extra dusting of bronzer.

Diane Kruger also shows us how to wear a pastel dress, seen here at a BAFTAs tea party. With not a hint of fake tan in place, her paler than pale look somehow works – her Miu Miu dress from their Resort 10 collection was perfectly paired with a fuchsia pink clutch bag (pink bags are a big trend at the mo).

Here are a few different ways of wearing nude without succumbing to the stereotypical ‘negligee’ look it is so frequently associated with.

Nude “Romantic” Look

Spring’s nude shades lend themselves perfectly to a romantic look; think subdued shades of pink and beige combined perfectly with ruffles and lace. Emma Boutique on Clarendon Street has the perfect skirt to start building your romance infused look. This fairy net skirt is from gorgeous label Almost Famous (€185 and Awear also did a version of this Tutu skirt recently) and is available in beautiful beige; the subtle soft layers lend themselves effortlessly to that fairy –like lightness that this guise requires.

Wear it with pale grey tank and metallic sandals for a casual look and throw on the Caravan necklace scarf in gorgeous coral (€34 also available in Emma Boutique) for a splash of colour! .

For something slightly dressier but just as dreamy, look to the ever reliable Spotlight range from Warehouse, where they have a deliciously delicate pale pink layered dress for €97 – ideal for those inevitable summer weddings!

Nude “Simple” Look

Let Chloe Sevigny and Kate Bosworth inspire you and start building your outfit with a neutral oversized blazer.

Zara seem to always have a great blazer selection, but if you really feel like splashing out – Chloe or Stella McCartney are the labels to focus on. Stick to the longer styles that skim the bum – the looser the style the better, it’ll make you look miniscule in comparison.

Keep it looking clean with a relaxed white tee and loose khaki shorts, asos.com have a pair of beige bloomer –like shorts for €45 that look identical to the pair that Bosworth rocked recently. Polish the look off with toned tanned legs (unfortunately I don’t have a link for that!) and a pair of platform ankle boots – the same website has a wicked pair of Annabelle hiker boots (€140) in dusty pink which set off that simplistic look perfectly.

Nude “Ecletic Rocker” Look

Nude can also work in a harder way for a more eclectic look. For this one, we’re channelling the Alice Dellal’s of the world – well her smudged black eye liner but we might leave her shaved head for the moment!

Smock tops are a fantastic transitional item between winter and spring.  Topshop have a beautiful beige top with gorgeous beading details for £45. Combine this with some floral jeggings (again, Topshop have great selection) and the pink Annabelle hiker boots already mentioned.

If you’re still not convinced, stick to accessories. Nothing works better for slimming and elongating legs than a pair of simple nude high heels…well apart from the gym.  Nude heels it is! More on nude shoes here.

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12 Responses to “3 Ways to Wear the Colour Nude”

  1. Hermia Says:

    I love the romantic nudes in this season…..it’s so nice that it’s acceptable to be girly again! I think collections had been too influenced by men’s tailoring: it was almost like we were trying to be the same as guys! Now designers and fashion-lovers seem to be embracing femininity as a positive rather than a weakness! Woooo!

  2. siobhan lam Says:

    couldn’t agree more Hermia, there’s a time for that tailored blazer but this summer it’s all about embracing those feminine shades and romantic textures!

  3. Leggs Says:

    I am so into the sumptuous nudes this season, like it was said earlier femininity is nothing to be ashamed of! Have you seen the luxe nudes at designerdesirables.com?

  4. Annemarie Says:

    Thanks for pointing out that site Leggs, I am always looking for source for Jovani and evening dresses

  5. Lauragraigue Says:

    I have been reading your posts and i love your comments, I have my 21st Party on the 24th of April im getting a nude silk dress made with ivory chiffon to my knee and im finding it seriously hard to find any nude shoes to match the dress.I loved the nude patent platform shoes you have displayed in one of your previous posts from miss selfridge


    but unfortunatly there well sold out and i cant find any shoes that look like them… Please Help im goin mad..!

  6. siobhan lam Says:

    Hey Laura,

    So glad you like the posts!One of my best buys ever was a pale pink pair of heels from BUFFALO. They have a hidden platform for extra comfort and go with everything – think they would look adorable with the dress you have just described and I just seen them in the BUFFALO window on Wicklow St, Dublin. Think they cost about €100 – hope that helps! If not, check out ASOS.com – they have a great selection at the moment!

  7. Annemarie Says:

    Hi Laura,Besides the Buffalo ones which Siobhan suggested, I’ve also updated the Nude Shoes article on which ones are available now – see http://www.whatshewears.ie/index.php/2010/04/nude-shoes/

    There’s some in Aldo and Zara, and then more expensive ones in Gina in BTs. I also saw a pair in Penneys but back in Feb, I tried them on and they hurt my feet so not for me.

    Good luck and Happy 21st! x

  8. Claire Says:

    If you like the gladiator sandal look, there’s a nude pair in Faith with stiletto (not flat) heel £75, on faith.co.uk

  9. CJ Says:

    I have just stumbled across this site and love it, love it, love it.
    I have a black tie wedding coming up and have bought a one shoulder ‘mink’ coloured floor lenth dress for the occasion. Any suggestions on accessories? Im not 100% sure of the colour, as its not my usual colour tone, but its the most flattering fit ever…pleated or ruffled around the waste (makes waist tiny). My dilema lies in what colour shoes & bag. I have mid length blond hair, should I wear it up or down?? Any suggestions welcome. Thanks

  10. Annemarie Says:

    hi CJ, thanks for the positive feedback on the site, keeps me going! Have you a picture of the dress or is it online so that I can see it please to get a better idea? send to info@whatshewears.ie or post the online link here in the comments , thanks


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