“N” stands for Nude… the colour, not your birthday suit.
I’m a huge fan of neutral colors–obviously, as I am the most tedious person I know–and I firmly believe that nude tones are the best sort of neutrals. It’s quite hard to explain; it’s almost brown but not disarmingly so, much like a canvas with tons of negative space, sans the starkness of white and the banality of black.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of white and black. Those are the two colors that my closet cannot be devoid of. I will trade any color–blue, pink, and even red, just to keep both black and white. But sometimes, I do get tired of such extremes and would opt for an in-between… which is grey for most people (because if you mix both colors, that is what you get).
But I much prefer nudes… they’re like greys, only warmer.
Although I understand, in the sea of pastels that’s prevalent in most clothing lines nowadays, nude hues are quite hard to pair. It just doesn’t seem as aesthetically pleasing to pair pastels with something nude–it somehow just doesn’t “pop.” So how do you wear them right? A foolproof formula for me is to pair a nude piece with shades of white–cream, ivory, bone, flax, and whatnot. The important thing is to establish contrast (so yes, you can pair it with the other neutral: black) in order to avoid drowning the color out (since it is very saturated).
I much prefer white because it’s a very chic and classic combination. On the other hand, it can appear lackluster and unimaginative, which is usually the case with safe colors, so I compensate via other elements like cut or fabric. In this case–an outfit I wore to the birthday dinner of my FOSSIL Joanna–I paired a frilled top with a tulle skirt, a textured Louis Vuitton epi leather baby alma (that’s almost the same cream as my skirt), and suede sandals (with gold hardware).
As I always say, it’s balance–whatever you tone down in other departments, you make up for in the rest. Here are some more photos: