Neutral Nude

08 May 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

This season’s most seductive pieces are surprisingly discrete, finds Penny Fray

The idea of going nude in summer scares me. Of course, I’m not talking about shedding winter layers and getting arrested in the name of fashion but, rather, wearing this season’s hottest shades of blush, putty, peach and rose.  I don’t know why I consider these neutrals so risqué because they can look super classy when worn in skin caressing fabrics such as silk, satin and cashmere. And trying the trend in a more modest manner is this season’s main mission. Luckily, designers have come to our aid with fierce embellishments, luxurious fabrics and longer, fluid tailoring. In other words, take inspiration from Stella McCartney’s draped dresses or Lanvin’s satin trenches and stay clear of anything body-con. The aim is to keep it simple yet softly structured.

When it comes to colour, the number one rule is to pick a tone that isn’t too much like your own. Beige and rose look utterly fabulous on darker skin, while olive tones may need something slightly pinker. 

Scared of looking as though you’ve forgotten to dress? I understand completely. Nude is a hard shade to pull off with ease. So consider going down the accessory route with a patent nude stiletto sandal or a classic tote. Even simpler – try rose quartz jewellery or, if you can afford it, pink diamonds. 


Alaïa’s laser-cut leather is a design signature. Work it into everyday looks with this supple beige tote. This versatile bag is spacious enough to hold your documents, cosmetics and tablet. RO892


Christopher Kane’s shoulder-baring sweatshirt is one of the most covetable pieces from the runway collection. Cut from downy peach cotton-blend fleece for an oversized fit, it’s opulently decorated with weighty Swarovski crystals. The cozy jersey lining is crafted with a touch of cashmere for the most sumptuous texture too. RO1050 from Net-A-Porter


A feminine hemline hitting the knee is seriously sensual now. Zara, yet again, gets it right with this fluid number. RO17


To Tom Ford every detail counts. This limited edition extra amplified, gloss and shine nail lacquer oozes class. From RO17


Try this faux rose quartz ring from Accessorize to embrace this season’s preference for pale. From RO5


These boyish brogues from H&M give a masculine edge to flowing frocks. From RO52


Penny’s tips on looking neutral and nice:

  1. It is time to bring satin and silk out of the bedroom and into your everyday style repertoire. When coupled with luxurious knits, the high-shine, suggestive fabrics can be worn from dawn to dark.
  2. Keep it subtle. A bare shoulder glimpsed through an opening in the palest pink wool or a skirt that falls demurely below the knee, yet reveals the shape of the leg through its diaphanous fabric is the way to wear this season’s trend.
  3. Embellishment has a key role to play. No longer reserved for special occasions, diamond-encrusted, rose-gold jewellery has become an everyday luxury. 

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