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Stylemma: Can I wear nude tones with my pale Irish skin?

Angela Scanlon

Published 06/04/2010 | 16:36

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 14: A model walks the runway at the Designer Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2010 Fashion Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2010 at Bryant Park on February 14, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 14: A model walks the runway at the Designer Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2010 Fashion Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2010 at Bryant Park on February 14, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)

Nude tones everywhere this season and I really love the look but can’t seem to make it work for my pale Irish skin. I’ve tried both the high street and more expensive designer stores but I end up looking drained and a little sick. How can I avoid this or should I just avoid going nude?

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Nude tones are indeed all over the place and have trickled down from the catwalk collections right the way through. They’ve been worn on the red carpet and even Lady Gaga has adopted the look, so it must be cool, right?

But while most stars (and models) have make-up artists at hand and spray tan on tap, the paler tones can make us Celtic lovelies look a bit ill. But that’s not to say you need to avoid this look. Adding bronzer or blush can really warm the complexion and make it easier to carry off some of the more wishy-washy tones.

If like me, you can’t stand fake tan, you need to look out for tones that add warmth. Steer clear of the steely greys and icy nudes and go for blush tones and warm cream colours. Also keep an eye out for fabrics that look warm - cosy knits, rather than cool silks, can give the illusion of warmth even if the colour tends to look a bit cold.

Alternatively you can wear the shade away from your face. A nude skirt with a vest and denim short will look very Alexa Chung but won’t have you reaching for the tan. Topshop also have great jeans at the moment in nude/pastel colours that work with something a bit stronger on top.

If you really want to go for a nude tone dress, add a chunky necklace to break it up or wear it with a cardigan or jacket in a colour that suits your skin tone. Alternatively look at TBA in BT2 - they’ve got a fab baby-doll dress in a salmon with a handmade gold collar which should be just perfect…

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