While I, like many, love wearing black, in the past year I have found love on the other end of the spectrum with beautiful nude and neutral shades. And here’s a little fun fact: Neutrals actually have the same slim-down effect as their dark counterparts and going light head-to-toe can smooth out any rough patches and can make you appear longer and leaner.
In addition to being figure-friendly, neutral shades are also high versatile and have an ethereal quality that can’t help but make you feel pretty. As is the case with black, there are countless ways to wear your neutrals.
You can keep clean and simple by forgoing the accessories like Kate Bosworth, who let her blush-colored Calvin Klein dress stand alone, or use your nude backdrop as a foundation for fun jewelry pieces, like Nicole Richie who accesorized her chic L’Wren Scott sheath with piles of fun pieces from her House of Harlow line.
Take the monochrome route with nudes head-to-toe (a major trend for Fall 2010, fyi) or contrast these soft shades with darks or brights. I personally love juxtaposing soft neutrals with tough pieces (think biker boots, bomber jackets, boyfriend blazers, chunky knits patterned tights and so on), like Taylor Momsen who teamed an ethereal slip-dress with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti biker boots. The most imortant thing to remember is to stay true to your personal style and wear your nudes in a way that makes you feel comfortable and confident.
As we transition from winter to spring, I think it’s time that we all brighten up with some stunning neutral shades.
Elizabeth and James Luna Dress, $375 (seen on Hayden Panettiere). Such a fun, easy-to-wear style that is extremely figure friendly.
Nanette Lepore Kartika Mini Dress, $378; NOW: $246. A touch of beading gives this nude dress a boho twist.
Rachel Pally Beach Dress, $180. You’ll reach for this time and time again during the spring and summer.
Kimchi Blue Chiffon Slip Dress, $68. I love this sweet, ballerina-esque style. Toughen it up with a leather jacket or oversized blazer or leave it sweet with a soft, lightweight cardigan.
Alice + Olivia Jesse Jersey Dress with Sequin Top, $440. The sequins transform this number into a bonafide standout.
Twenty8Twelve Helnwein Cotton Stripe Top, $225. A cool take on a classic style.
MM Couture Drapey Wrap Dress, $75. The perfect year-round piece,. Wear it over a bikini in the summer and with a blazer and tights during the cooler months.
VPL Fractional Tee, $195. So obsessed with the relaxed, slouchy fit.
Vero Moda Relaxed Fit Dinner Jacket, $85. The pale-pink blazer is definitely unexpected and will inject new life into any outfit.
7 For All Mankind Roxanne Skinny Slimmer Jeans, $225. Swap your go-to black skinny jeans with these faded, distressed ones for a fun and fresh style.
– SABRINA ALEXIS
Splash image by Santina Amendola