Ask the Stylist: Nude Dress

December 6, 2010

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Ask the Stylist: Nude Dress

Dear Ask the Stylist

I bought the nude petal dress from Awear this year, love the colour and was going to wear it to a Christmas party. The problem is what jewellery to wear with it and where to get it?

The fact that your dress has a petal detail means that you should ease off the jewellery and let your lips and shoes do the talking instead. The look I’d advise you to go for is to wear a bright shoe and a bold lip to give your nude dress a pop of colour and really stand out.

Take Kate Bosworth for example, who wore a nude Calvin Klein dress with red wedges. Her scarlet lipstick and shoes totally update the body-con dress.

With nude, it’s hard for us Irish gals not to look washed out, so you may need a hint of tan all over to pull off this look. Although there are some fab patterned tights out there at the moment (I particularly love the lace ones), again you should steer clear of these because of the detail on your dress. So, give yourself a hint of tan on your legs (to your liking of course) as bare legs work best with this look.

Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs in Fair To Medium or Medium to Dark (€14 Penneys, Dunnes Stores and pharmacies nationwide) is a great favourite of ours here at WhatSheWears and works beautifully on legs and elsewhere (not your face mind you!).

Alternatively, try Tess Daly’s Daly Legs Invisible Stockings . As with Airbrush Legs, it also comes in two shades – choose depending on your colouring and the desired shade you’d like to achieve.  Created by Tess herself for Marks and Spencer’s, this spray on leg foundation looks like the finest pair of silk stockings and will finish your look to perfection to ensure that you’ll be Strictly Come Dancing at your Christmas party!

If bare legs come Christmas time scares the hell out of you, you can always opt for a pair of sheer skin-coloured tights.

Red Shoes

Red is my favourite seasonal bright for winter and works best with camels and nudes. While red wedges are hard to come by this season, you’ll find plenty of red court shoes in the shops right now. My favourites are by these red suede Red or Dead shoes from Schuh (€85, £72) or Aldo’s Moos patent heels (€90, £70).

Red Lipstick

For matching red lipstick, there are so many brands to choose from, from bargain basement to designer lipsticks – my only advice is to go with your colouring. If you’re pale, go for a red lipstick with a blue hue and if you’re sallow skinned go for the orange end of the red spectrum.

If you feel that red is too bold for you, then a pale gold (as opposed to a brass, vintage coloured gold) would also work well with your dress. With the deatil on your dress, again steer clear of jewellery around the dress itself (i.e don’t wear a necklace) but you would get away with statement earrings in pale gold.

Enjoy the party!

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