the new nude

I’ve always been a bit dubious about nude. I mean even the name, nude. It invokes images of nighties and naked flesh, it’s not exactly sexy is it? But nude can come in many shapes and forms, and is a an easy neutral that can be worn with anything. While a sort of beigey tan seems to be the favourite of Alexander Wang (which looks fabulous on tanned skin, Burberry Prorsum went towards a more grey/khaki nude , Fendi went for a softer pinker nude Lindsay Lohan’s line for Emanuel Ungaro featured my favourite shade of dusty pink nude, and Valentino showed a gorgeous strapless number in a pale tan.

Fab Sugar also have a slideshow of a number of A-listers wearing nudes (I particularly love Penelope Cruz’s bandeau dress).

But for me nude is about girly, it’s about feminine pieces with ruffles and detail, but mixed with hard tough- girl accessories. I love the mix of tough and girly- leather jackets with tutu skirts, lace and studs. I could have gone crazy in New Look surrounded by everything in dusty pink. But I settled for a gorgeous pale beige tutu skirt which I hope will be quite girly but also versatile. I already have plenty of studded accessories- studded leather ankle boots (which I was so determined to buy a few years ago because they were reduced that they’re a size too big), a studded waist belt (which I wear over my coat), leather primark gloves and I’ve recently ordered a leather studded blazer, reduced in the River Island online sale and a pair of studded black ballet flats.

I also decided to put my hair in a quiff, don’t ask, it seemed like a good idea and I have to be honest I kind of like it!! My hairdresser has broken her ankle and my fringe is so long I’m almost blinded so I thought I’d try something new.

River Island black body suit, New Look tutu skirt, New Look ballet flats, Topshop pearls, and Topshop pearl bracelet.

I love this outfit. I can’t wait to try it with my studded boots and my new studded jacket. I also ordered these gorgeous topshop beige and black tights after seeing them on a mannequin and finding my store didn’t stock them. This is my ballet girl look. I like that with a leather blazer and boots it’d be casual enough for day time, but would work for an evening with heels.

I have no idea why I look so angry!! I’m not 100% sure about this outfit but I thought I’d give it a go. Shoes, skirt and jewellery as before, floral top from miss selfridge. I love this top and I was just curious to see how the pale colours worked with the skirt.

My mum told me this was too pale to work but I kinda like it. I couldn’t find any suitable shoes so I decided to go barefoot. The top is also from New Look. I love this top with the leather-look skirt I got with it. It also comes in black and cream and I want all three!! It’s so gorgeous and detailed for a top under £20!!

The half-on-half-off jacket thing was just to demonstrate the jacket well, on and off. I have this dress in a few colours now. It’s so simple and works so well for layering as well as just a dress. I also love the colour. This is an example of how I like to mix up girly and edgy. I really like this look.

And what I finally decided to wear today. The cardigan is Morgan and my mum’s, She brought it down because I was cold and now I’m reluctant to give it back. I love fake fur, and this is just a little bit to give the outfit a bit of an edge. I hope I can steal it before I go back to university!!

Let me know what you think.

Charlotte xxx


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