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Women2Day - Fashion: In the nude

Update your birthday suit with flesh-toned fashion.

Warehouse fan detail dress, £75

Few of us are brave enough to flaunt our birthday suits in public but there's no need to be bashful about the fashion world's take on the nude trend.

From blush pinks to creamy caramels, there's a shade to show off every skin tone this season - no nudity involved.

This flattering look is your easy-going summer antidote to harsh black and eye-popping prints. Whether you're working a Grecian-inspired gown or sharp tailoring, nudes will give your look a feminine edge every time.

Pale and interesting made its mark on the catwalks at Givenchy, Herve Leger and Jasper Conran to name a few.

And when LBD aficionado Jennifer Aniston swapped her trademark black for Donna Karan blush on the Bounty Hunter red carpet, she showed exactly how nude can be a knockout.

Accessible for glamazons and girl next door alike, the new nudes are one of this season's most wearable trends.

Update that birthday suit with some skin tone chic.

Soft + Sweet

Embrace your feminine side and give nudes a romantic nod with ruffles, frills and babydoll styles.

Draped Grecian dresses in short or long lengths sported by Jennifer Aniston are one of the most flattering ways to wear pretty peachy shades.

Look for super soft jerseys for a daytime look and turn to sheer chiffons or organza for evening elegance, as seen floating down the catwalks at Givenchy and Jasper Conran.

Up the glam factor with luxe embellished detailing.

Try: Label Lab nude ruffle dress, £35 at House of Fraser; Evans nude embellished dress, £35; Wallis nude ruffle front blouse, £35; Oli pink Grecian draped dress, £60.

Strong + Structured

The nude look doesn't have to be all sweetness and light.

It you're anti-girly, opt for nudes in no nonsense slouchy suiting, as seen at Etro and Topshop Unique. A blazer or jacket and cropped trousers in softest rose pink are versatile enough for holiday and workwear wardrobes.

Make a killer statement with a lean, mean silhouette. Take your inspiration from Herve Leger and work body-con nudes like a second skin: best reserved for those who live in the gym.

Try: Oasis nude blazer, £85; Warehouse fan detail dress, £75; Mint Velvet fold detail jacket, £75; Marks & Spencer Autograph nude leather skirt, £99.

Need more nude?

Every girl needs nude accessories in her life. No need to play matchy matchy with your ensemble, neutral bags and shoes will go with just about any colour.

A big favourite on the red carpet, nude shoes are a secret weapon for creating the illusion of longer legs, making them a must-have accessory for emphasising sun-kissed pins.

Nude doesn't have to mean bland - create drama by mixing up neutral-tone jewellery and accessories with your nude outfit, as seen at Valentino.

Try: Max C quilted nude bag, £42 at Laden; F&F at Tesco nude platform shoes, £18; Dorothy Perkins nude jewel sandals, £25; Evans nude pearl and flower necklace, £25.

Nude wardrobe know-how

Lose the fear factor. Wearing skin-tone shades isn't akin to streaking on a nudist beach.

Seek some modish modesty with these styling tips:

1) Choose the right shade from the varied nude colour spectrum. Dark and olive skins should stick to warm peachy shades, while cool pinks and taupes will flatter paler complexions.

2) You don't have to don nudes top-to-toe. Utilise them as a fresh accent of colour to liven up black, white and this season's khakis.

3) Beware of the nude trend's sheer fabrics. Ensure your underwear is made up of no-show neutrals or made-to-be seen pretty lingerie.

4) Take caution with curves: clingy nudes can be difficult to carry off as they'll exaggerate every lump and bump so stick to floaty or draped styles.

5) Look both sweet and strong by contrasting pretty nude chiffons with tough sandals in contrasting black.

 

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