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Tuesday, April 20th 2010

Spring’s Favorite Odd Couple: How to Wear Nude & Grey

From left: Looks from the VPL, Vena Cava, and Charlotte Ronson spring 2010 runways.

After months of snow-covered hibernation, the lightness that comes with the lengthening of days has my wardrobe feeling a little too dark. Since Roy G. Biv and I are still merely casual acquaintances, not close friends, I’m replacing my shades of black and charcoal with nudes and heather greys—an unexpectedly elegant duo.

The look popped up on the Charlotte Ronson and VPL runways, and Alexa Chung’s carrying it into fall with her Madewell collaboration (I heart how the cream, grey, and tobacco shades work together in the second look from the left in this shot from her presentation). But how to wear these colors without looking like a mismatched style misfit? Keep them balanced, like in the Charlotte Ronson runway shot above. The nude blazer and darker leggings are offset perfectly by the middle-of-the-road plaid shirt. Or, take Vena Cava’s approach, and keep the hues in a similar tone: the nudes and greys in their Brooklyn Dress are equal in their pastel-like lightness.

I’m planning on pairing a camel S.W.O.R.D leather jacket with a grey Juicy Couture dress and Frye boots on an upcoming trip to San Francisco. How and where will you wear the grey-plus-nude color combo?


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