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Wednesday, November 23rd 2011

Palette Pointers: Red & Nude

From left: the Carletta Long Sleeve Blouse by Malene Birger; Cambria Shirtdress by BCBG Max Azria; Mikhaila Jacket by Diane von Furstenberg.

We’ve heard about red and we’ve heard about nude, but only recently have they begun to make headlines together. Lately, all my favorite style blogs and mags have shown these favorite hues paired up for the perfect mix of subtle and bold. For a little advice on which pieces to pick, I turned to Shopbop stylist Shabdiece.

Rebecca: What are your favorite red and nude pieces for daytime wear?
Shabdiece: I love the loud red Star Print Blouse from Sonia by Sonia Rykiel as a ladylike foil to slouchy skinny jeans or cuffed boyfriend jeans. Keep the top loosely tucked in and complete it with a cropped Thakoon jacket and a nude shoe of your choice. For a quick way to incorporate red into a daytime look, the Atter Medium Turnlock Bag by Theyskens’ Theory is one of my favorites. Its versatility and sleek shape make it the perfect chameleon (even from day to night).

Rebecca: What about evening wear or a holiday party?
Shabdiece: When it comes to standing out at a party, less is more. Nude is the season’s freshest way to put a unique angle to your evening attire. Stick with retro-inspired styles in flattering silhouettes: the pleated Robert Rodriguez jumpsuit, the gently blushing Obakki dress, or the simple lace Tibi dress. The only accessory you’ll need is a bold red lip.

Rebecca: Is one color more “neutral” than the other?
Shabdiece: Instinct would say that nude is more neutral, but red will surprise you with its adaptability. And I guarantee there is a shade that will complement your coloring. The easiest way to incorporate a bold color like red into your wardrobe is with leather: shoes, handbags,and belts. And a bonus: it will always put a little pep in your step!


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