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In the Buff

April 30, 2013
tags: armani, arrested development, black pumps, cut offs, date, grandma, , , , , monochromatic, , never nude, new season, , , perfecto, , reiss, , , , , , tobias funke, , ,
by Sonia


If we were to play a word association game with the word “nude” a few years ago, I would have immediately jumped to Italian Renaissance and/or grandmas in retirement homes who wear squeaky nude reeboks, are savvy at Bridge, and dye their puff puff hair a lovely shade of lavender grey. Ask me to play the word association game today and I would respond with Tobias Fünke and/or Spring 2013.


Reiss sweater | Armani skirt | J.Crew heels


Speaking to the latter, the naked color made several appearances on the runways last season. In the literal sense, Marc Jacobs stripped his models of pants for his spring runway parade and Pucci’s Peter Dundas was all about visible lady parts. Kimberly Ovitz nixed the whole idea of footwear and had her models doing the barefoot thing on a runway made of clay, however something tells me barefoot in a metropolitan city will only lead to foot fungi that’s just not worth the style statement. And then there were the likes of Jill Stuart, Reed Krakoff, and Katie Gallagher who put the nude hue onto actual garments of clothing, while other designers stuck to nude finger tips and heels.

Pulling inspiration from these runways — as we do — I put together a head-to-toe nude look that sparked a couple of thoughts: 1) I don’t hate it, in fact I feel quite sophisticated. 2) I especially like how each piece blends in with my skin and could really throw people off in a game of strip poker.


Schott jacket | Reiss sweater | Armani skirt | Zara heels


However, should such an excessively monochromatic naked outfit not be your cup of Earl Grey, allow me to introduce the biker jacket — a faithful friend who has only further proven her loyalty in these last few months as she just seems to make every outfit that much better. With a switch into black pumps and a bulky black leather number thrown upon my shoulders, you can’t deny that the previous outfit worthy of an afternoon tea is now more fit for a Happy Hour martini.


Reiss sweater | H&M shorts | J.Crew heels


And if the thought of too much nude in one look still sends you to Heebie Jeebie-ville, then let me just say that my strip poker team and I fully support Never Nudes. Cheers to the season of denim cut offs in public and the new season of Arrested Development on May 26th!

Full disclosure: I don’t know how to play poker, I am not on a strip poker team, and the one time I tried playing that game at a sleepover in 6th grade I called my mom crying and asked her to come pick me up.

// photos by Emily Malan
7 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy permalink
    April 30, 2013

    You look great!. I don’t know if I could pull off nude colors, i am pale and have red hair. But maybe i’ll try.

    • May 3, 2013

      I think red hair would be a great compliment to nude colors! Definitely try it!

  2. Paprika permalink
    April 30, 2013

    I really like nude colours, I’m quite pale with blonde hair and they seem to work well for me, I really like your addition of a biker jacketxx

    • May 3, 2013

      Pale girls with blonde hair are awesome. I am only saying this because I am one of them. :)

  3. weston permalink
    May 1, 2013

    about the shoes alway take as many shoes as you can, the mood can change and the shoes have to be there and you could get a blister.

  4. Stephanie permalink
    May 3, 2013

    I would totally wear this! Love !

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