Monday, December 1, 2008

I'd Rather Go Naked

Ah, the naked dress – nearly an urban legend by now, the runways prove that it DOES exist and is not entirely unapproachable. Accessorize and underpin appropriately and you won’t look like you walked out of a performance of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”!
Runway pictures courtesy except where noted.
Right: Akris takes a tulle-overlay nude plunge.

Left: Alessandro DellAcqua – how fab are those boots?
Alexander McQueen
Calvin Klein
Christian Dior
Elie Saab
Derek Lam
Giambattista Valli
Hervé Léger, via
Jasmine Di Milo
Jean Paul Gaultier

Paul & Joe, via
Sharon Wauchob, via
Miu Miu - strapless, pleated and belted, at right
Sonia Rykiel
Sophia Kokosalaki
Stella McCartney's off-the-shoulder sheath, at right
AnnSofie Back;
this and next 5 via
Marios Schwab
Left: Ralph Lauren
Right: Vivienne Westwood
Jasper Conran
John Rocha
Marchesa Resort
Dolce & Gabbana
What to buy?
Diane von Furstenberg Jiwon metallic felt dress; this and next at
Only Hearts Second Skin strapless slip
J. Crew silk taffeta Kate gown
Herve Leger Color Block Mini Bandage Dress. Visit
Alberta Ferreti Grecian jersey dress. This and next four at
Phillip Lim ribbon trim dress
Marc Jacobs organza layered skirt
Diane von Furstenberg Philippine blouse
Twenty8Twelve soft leather jacket, half off at
Elie Tahari floral jacquard Natalia dress, for those with lovely mocha skin tones. Go to
Deal of the Day: Interlock wrap dress, pictured at right and just $44 at
Can't handle nude clothing? Get accessorized instead!
Loeffler Randall Juliet bag, at
Nook & Willow leather envelope clutch, at
CC loves this ombré washed wool scarf from J. Crew.
Dior croc-stamped peep toe, at
Left: Report Signature patent Ellis peep-toe booties, at
Right: Loeffler Randall Penelope zip-back boot, at CC loves! And nude shoes are ever-so-flattering, darlings!
Last Look: A truly nude dress by Giles; currently on sale at
So get naked this Monday, darlings!


Unknown said...

ooh i adore nude colored dresses...
and the bedframe was actually acquired through a friend that's an interior designer.. but i think they have a similar one at Bassett furniture

pretty said...

I once noticed that ALL my 'posh' dresses are in varying degrees of 'naked'. Gold, blush pink and beige..

There's something so couture about it

La Belette Rouge said...

I love to see someone looking drop dead gorgeous in a nude ensemble. I look like death warmed over in nude---and it is the colour I most wish I could wear. I think nude can be the height of chic and that is not the emperors new clothes like hyperbole.:-)

Hunters Glory said...

love this look cc....good post!


Anonymous said...

Such a sophisticated look, not one for me unfortunately, of course at your suggestion I could always do a nude bag or shoe though...

carolina @ patagonia gifts said...

Oh CC, this is your best post ever! At least to me that adore nude color! That Elie Saab dress is to die for, and the eluxury shoes too!

MakeupByRenRen said...

this is total sexiness!

deedoubleyou said...

very nice. i am instantly reminded of the satc episode when carrie goes out with big the first time - the naked dress!

Seeker said...

Never was a huge fan of "naked" but you got such attractive ones I might start to consider....


Ines said...

I love nude but it think it doesn´t suit me because I haven´t pale skin....

Cindiddy said...


the naked dress is very sexy and i think its a must in every closet!

Angela said...

what a yummy post CC. i adore beige/nude ready to wear and poping the look with bright accessories. i adore that herve leger dress. maybe i can breathe in that.

Myriam said...

Second skin! Adore this colour!

Siljesfashion said...

I love this look. I just bought a dress that I will be wearing in this style. I need a pair of nude heels though..

Gia said...

i absolutely love this kind of look, nude colors:)
i love wearing this type of materials and non colors!
the photos you chose are great:)
beautiful post!

Unknown said...

for the right occasion, it's perfect!

Lisa said...

These look really wearable. Great job with the picks!

Fashion Critic said...

Another fantastic post. You rock girl ;)

leeselooks said...

love nude-ness.

stellas spring 09 was so captivating.
one of my favorites FOR SURE.

i must check out aa for some nude basics!


Cindiddy said...

YAY! thanks for the add!!! => => said...

Lovely "beige" post... I adore...

xoxo: Janet

WendyB said...

I think it's funny that this beige-y color is always called "nude." There used to be a Crayola crayon called "flesh" till someone realized that not everyone's flesh is the same color!

S (formerly of Modern-Guilt) said...

I love a nude stiletto, and this is very much making me want a similar dress!

electric feel said...

thanks for your comments
love the nude one from ellie saab

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

naked...nude...or whatever, they are so lovely CC ! Fabulous new month to you & your readers ;)

Andy said...

I adore this cream/skin colour!
Btw, Herve Leger's bandage dresses are just amazing. I've always wanted to buy one of the new collection.
New post on my blog, check it out.


Styleseeking Zurich said...

thank you so mcuh for your comment : )

wow this is simply beautiful.
the colors are stunning.



Anonymous said...

I think the nude colored dress is so hard to do sometimes because your skin color gets lost in it. And then your face kind of blends with the dress. There's not a lot of point of reference.

Siru said...

That Alessandro DellAcqua dress is best match seen after carrie!

juliet xxx

Daniela Valdez said...

I'm not sure how I feel about this... I love gold, but naked pink is not for me.

Thanks for your lovely comments!

life . style . dissected said...

sweet cc,
i needed this!
something to calm me down after a hectic day - lovely, gorgeous, soothing, sexy neutrals.



Char Ruiz Manjarrez said...

Very good post! Remember on sex and the city carrie had a nude dress that was the same as actually being naked? funny


Mónica said...

I cannot help but adore your new header, what a great shot!
about the nude dress, well, I guess it really works -do you remind taht SATC episode, first season?- I've been looking for one for a while, and now I stopped searching, but who knows

Angel Lust PR said...

nude is such a sexy subdued color.I love it in all forms tight flowey tulle!!!

orange green cloud said...

Your selections of nude-colored clothing are gorgeous!! I'm tempted to get a dress in nude color for an upcoming party.
Oh and thanks for leaving a lovely comment for my post.

please sir said...

So pretty - nude is such a lovely color.

sarah said...

so many pictures! love your blog xx

Vintage Lollipops said...

While my favorite is almost certainly Derek Lam... I confess the "naked dress" kept me thinking of Carie Bradshaw's bus billboard. lol


Anonymous said...

My favourite pick is Alexander McQueen, it's the only one that wouldn't be questioned or mistaken as undergarment. Probably due to the strong shape and detail. xx

T said...

Gorgeous! You always go all-out on your blog posts. I love all the nude colors - they're so natural and brings more attention to detail and quality I think.

Great post, like always! (:

cherie said...

i'm loving nude colored clothing! great selection here!

Nare said...

some of them are fab!! and the complements very well elections!!


miss vintage love said...

Love the Calvin K dress

Songy said...

LOL CC you made me laugh so hard with Denny Crane line! I thought you might like that stuff.

This post reminds me very much of my beige sandal outfit (tulle yardage). since that time skin tone colours are my second favouriate.
Looking for more of the stuff. This is very good. Now I know what else I can do with myself.. Lovely, CC.

Thank you. You really made me laugh.

Anonymous said...

One of the hottsest trends ))) Naked beauty looks great )

Lil Midget said...

I'm not a fan of nude colours. I don't think I wear them well actually.
But great post tho!


Terence Sambo said...

wow looks like wearing a second skin really.. lovely post as always.

got a new interview for u girl i know u'll love it :o)

thanx for the link i'd link back :o)

Hek said...

Lovely. Reminds me of the episode where Carrie wear the naked dress, that dress is dangerous;)
The McQueen dress is my fave.

Anonymous said...

Interlock wrap dress- I could wear that ^__^Usually I only wear black and almost never nude-colors, but that dress hit me hard!

Marian said...

these nude pieces are so usual you showed apiece for each girl,no matter how diverse.My perfect closet would have the Stella Mc Cartney off the shoulder dress.Be perfect for both day and night,boots with it for day and heels at night.

Unknown said...

Nude shoes and boots are terrific but no nude near my face, it does not much my skin tone.

Anonymous said...

Love the flats boots at the end. I've been looking for some flat or riding boots.

Anonymous said...

loved this post!!

La C.