The Naked Truth About Nude

Published:Sunday | September 28, 2014 | The Jamaican Gleaner

The naked truth about nude

What comes to mind when you think of the word 'nude'? Naturally, naked, flesh and skin come to mind. But when it comes to fashion, is one person's nude the same as another's?

In Jamaica where there is such a diversity of skin tones, it makes it impossible to categorically define the colour 'nude' as one specific colour. It is politically incorrect to refer to the barely there hue as 'flesh tone', for obvious reasons.

The colour 'nude' implies a stripped down colour - free from pigmented fuss and full of clean simplicity. For the purpose of this article, we will refer to 'nude' as light beige with pink or yellow undertones. Associated Press writer Samantha Critchell defines nude in fashion as: 'The colour most often used to describe a shade that is a little darker than champagne, lighter than sand, and perhaps with a hint of blush or peach.'

Nude is an excellent choice to play up any other colour in your wardrobe. Treat it as you would black or white neutrals to achieve a sophisticated palette. It is a good base colour to tone down vibrant neons, anchor dizzying prints, and it will set off most animal prints.

In Jamaica, we do not have a definitive 'fall' season and, admittedly, we do have summer-like temperatures up until November. But we can still adhere to some of fall's seasonal changes with very little effort.