Ever since Carrie Bradshaw sported that sexy little barely there “naked dress” on Sex and the City, women everywhere have been trying to make the look work for them. Nude clothing and accessories are certainly fun and eye-catching fashion statements. Make sure you get the look right with these simple tips and tricks.
Go for texture and intricacy
Although it may have worked for Carrie Bradshaw, not everyone wants to look as though they’re naked from across the room. To sport the nude look with style and class, look for pieces that have a bit of texture and design to them. For instance, Zara’s long guipure lace skirt incorporates intricate lace details that are positively eye-catching to any passerby.
When you go for clothing with a bold pattern or hue, the colour speaks for itself. Because nude is a more subdued look, it can be very effective to combine different tones. Zara’s short front dress, for example, places one nude hue over the other for a unique and captivating effect.
Accent with black and white
When wearing nude, it can be fun to forgo other colours and really let the nude shine. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play around with shades such as black and white! They can make for great accents on an otherwise fully nude outfit. And you don’t have to go out of your way to track down pieces that have shades built into them. Simply toss a white cardigan over your nude shirt or cinch the waist of your nude dress with a thin black belt.
Find flattering shapes
Because nude hides a good deal less than black or navy, you want to make sure you feel confident in your attire by picking a figure-flattering shape. Draped or ruched designs can do a lot in terms of smoothing out problem areas. Something along the lines of Urban Outfitter’s sparkle & fade maxi pleated chiffon skirt cinches tightly at the smallest part of your torso — the waist — and then falls gracefully to your ankles, thereby hiding anything about your bum, thighs or legs you may not want to reveal.
If you aren’t sure nude clothing is right for you, consider experimenting with nude accessories first. The neutral quality of nude means you will get a lot of use out of a single purchase, because it will go with virtually everything. For a great everyday purse, try ALDO’s Tilt handbag. Or for a great go-to pair of shoes, check out Nine West’s surprisingly comfortable Caress nude pumps (ninewest.ca, $120.00 CAD). And it doesn’t have to stop there! Play with nude scarves, jewellery, clutches, headbands and belts until you find something that works for you!