In my final ‘StyleFlash’ blog on this year’s Spring trends, I shall discuss one that, like the stripes and spots trend, has already hit the high street with a vengeance – nudes and neutrals.
90’s inspired minimalist looks had a strong representation on the Spring/Summer runways, and now, as then, these styles work best in muted neutral shades. The style was presented in all kinds of greys, creams, beiges, taupes and a multitude of flesh tones; and it is these colours that look to be dominating the shops for the majority of the early spring months and are currently being paraded down various red carpets by a multitude of celebrities. Spring/Summer collections that contained neutral pieces include the always-cool Alexander Wang, Versace, Fendi, Donna Karan, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Jil Sandler, Givenchy, Celine, Chloe and Stella McCartney – there’s no denying that this is a massive trend.
However, of all of the Spring trends, flesh tones and neutral colours are some of the most difficult to pull off. Worn correctly, they give the skin a creamy tone, brighten the face and look fresh and modern; worn wrongly and you may look like a zombie. If you’d rather be in style without looking like a member of the eternal undead, then follow my guidelines below:
The right make-up is key to pulling off neutral and nude colours. Make skin glow by highlighting the forehead, cheekbones and cupids bow, and wear a peachy-pink blush. You’re also going to need lipcolour; wearing a neutral colour next to the face means that you can wear a strong lip without it being overwhelming. Try a rich red for a classic look.
If you don’t know what ‘season’ you are, then now is a good time to find out, as your skin undertone (blue or yellow) determines which shades of neutral you can wear. If you can, take a good look at any neutral item you’re considering in natural sunlight; greys will have a blue or yellow undertone, whilst nudes (like foundation shades) will have a either pink or yellow undertone. Often slightly sallow skin has a blue undertone, for this type of skin it is essential to avoid creams and taupes with a yellow base; instead chose blue-based greys and blush-nudes with a pink undertone.
Neutrals can get a bit dull when they’re worn with black, but they shouldn’t be mixed with brights. Instead, wear neutrals with deep colours such as navy, dark green and burgundy.
A lot of us ladies tend to wear black suits for work – for a more Spring look, switch your black for grey. Our bespoke ladies suits can be made for you in many shades and types of grey fabrics – my favourite are our silk and wool blends, which have a luxurious sheen and elegant drape. For those who are braver, a tailored ladies suit jacket in nude, cream, white or stone is the way forward – Donna Karan sent a plethora of belted skirt suits down her runway in these colours. Here is my very classic ladies separates jacket in ivory . The following fabrics are also suitable for this look – WD-1 (lightest grey), W1004 (beige), FLA-6 (light taupe), RTBE-1 (deep cream birdeye), linen-1 (white), linen-5 (ecru), linen-19 (nude) and PTD-8122-3 (wool/silk blend, light beige with a subtle texture and faint blue pin stripe).
We can also tailor for you the perfect pair of runway designer-inspired neutral-coloured ladies trousers from slouchy stone-cloured straight legs, to high-waisted wide legged pants, to high-waisted double-pleated tan chinos; click here for our version.
A Suit That Fits.com also offers tailor-made ladies shirts in various neutral shades, including greys (plain twill, large herringbone), creams (plain twill, large herringbone,box weave) and ivories (plain weave). Chose from full or three-quarter length sleeves, button-up or v-neck and a large variety of collar, cuff and button styling options.
My own feelings on this trend? Well, let just say they’re not particularly neutral. If, like me, you have the very celtic combination of near-black hair and near-white skin, then this is probably one trend that’s best avoided. If not, simply click to start designing your perfect neutral shirt, trousers or jacket.