Nude color is tricky. First of all, it’s not just ONE color. “Nude” could be complex amalgamations of rosy, peach or ochre undertones with touches of cream or chocolate pigmentation.
Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? Once upon a time, about 1.2 million years ago, we were all dark skinned. As our ancestors started immigrating across the globe into different UV environments, wide ranges of skin pigmentations began to emerge, resulting in the colorful and diverse complexions we see today.
When we imagine nude-colored outfits, the first thing that pops into mind (at least mine), are flowing, ethereal maxi dresses made of crepe and organza or silky tanks and blouses that compliments perfectly with our skin tone.
But more often in reality, we end up with nude-colored outfits that appear jarring with our complexion or cutting that makes us look like the “naked in public “nightmare came true.
To rock a nude colored ensemble, follow these tips:
1. Choose the right tone
If your skin tone belongs to two ends of the spectrum--- fair or dark--- congratulations, you will look spectacular in most nude hues. For those who have medium-toned skin or heavy pink or yellow undertones, try to go for nude colors that are either two shades darker or fairer than your skin. For example, olive skin compliments well with dark tan or porcelain tones.
2. Accessorize bright or contrasting colors
If you choose a nude color top or bottom to be part of your ensemble, spruce up your overall look with a contrasting hue, such as blue or purple. They work best for light to medium toned nudes. Go for bright colors to contrast the neutrality of the nude color as well. Spruce up your look with a bold patterned scarf or accessorize with gold or copper jewelry.
3. When you go skintight
If you are going for a sexy, bodycon look, choose styles that have paneling (think Herve Leger), preferably with mixed textiles. A full-piece bodycon dress could potentially make you look like lumpy gravy (think Kim Kardashian). So instead of clean, tailored lines that often work well on other colors, we encourage more detailed seam lines and embellishments for that nude color outfit. Nobody wants to look like they are wearing Spanx as outerwear!
As nude is such an understated tone, the most failsafe way is to wear it as an accent color in your overall ensemble, such as a pair of tanned pumps or paneled beige tights or a porcelain racer-back tank. We look forward to seeing you in nude this summer!