Subtle, poised, classy, elegant these are words that best describe the shades of the concept that has revolutionized fashion in its entirety and continues to do so. Classified as neutral; this concept is always a safe bet when fashion decisions have to be made as it so easily blends and suits all occasions. It is quiet, and at the same time loud, this is the nude culture today.
It goes beyond a particular shade our colour, it is so eccentric that its tones could uniquely capture a mood or feeling when done right. Originally seen as Western-European centric Caucasian skin tone or synonymous with lighter skins close to beige as a pale shade mixture of brown and white, these shades have widened to include darker skin colours due to strong consumer demand for such fashion and beauty products.
To best describe the nude colours, is to see them as every shade of skin tone from light to dark. As the colours of bare skin or flesh, they give the illusion of nudity thus requiring second and even third glances for clarity.
Brown, tan, white and of course beige, are colours close to nude. Like it, they pass as neutral which makes them perfect accent for other shades of the colour wheel.
Unlike black, nude colours are not gloomy. They can define every part of our appearance from clothes, to hair, to make-up, jewellery, and even shoes. No other tones are as, and that is why they’re not just colours but a fashion concept and a culture.
The nude concept goes far back as 2013 and perhaps beyond when footwear designer Christian Louboutin debuted the Nude collection of flats and heels ranging from pale to deep shades. Nude shoes can be seen with both the Duchess of Cambridge and Sussex in combination with cocktail dresses and other clothing. Anna Wintour, United States Vogue editor, is rarely seen without her’s.
The 2018 Oscars red carpet was dominated by the colour nude in pink, blush, peach and cream shades, worn by gorgeous looking actresses including The Hand maid’s Tale’s Elizabeth Moss. 2019’s Golden globe was also not left out as stars like Emma Stone, Julia Roberts, Kate Mara, Julianne More and Giuliana Rancic amongst others appeared in dresses of different nude tones by top designers.
So, if you’re ever standing in a dress store and are unsure the direction of shade to go with, just pick nude. In its shade, you can’t go wrong.
By Mercy Godwin
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