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Here's The Problem With Nude Shades In Fashion

Yeezy taught us.

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When Kanye West released his first Yeezy collection, he set the pace for a whole new level of dedication to strict color palettes. For Yeezy Season 1, his models – male and female – formed rank in a gradient of looks ranging from milk-white unitards, to peachy pieces, through to dusty browns and deep blue-ish blacks. Fast-forward two full fashion years and he’s stuck to the same paired-back approach to color and styling, this season focusing on acid-wash denim, burgundy pieces and black with pops of gold. The fashion world may have raised an eyebrow at first, but there’s no denying Yeezy’s influence in the industry. 

Minimal palettes have been all the rage for some seasons now – and they’re only going to get bigger. Just look at the FW17 runways of Max MaraGivenchy and John Galliano: all replete with solid head-to-toe looks for fall that are already becoming a hit on the high street. Zara’s hot pink spring drop sold out in a matter of days, and H&M Studio followed suit with many one-tone looks that were available to shop immediately after its star-studded runway show. 

While WTG pink has already proved to be this season’s most popular color – and red is looking to take its place come fall – there is another shade that is always a dead-cert for spring: nude. But what does nude mean? Click on the “nude” option of any online store and you could be presented with anything from creams and beiges to blush pinks and tan browns. 

While all of these shades are definitely on our radar, especially when it comes to clean, spring clothing, we also would like to see a broader range of colors falling under the category (if these companies insist on keeping the term at all). 

So we’ve pulled together a selection of monotone, nude looks that we'd like to propose as a more realistic nude mood board for spring:
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