Neutral hues should be for everyone

It’s taken a while, but finally the fashion world is catching up to the idea that ‘nude’ tones mean different things to different people.

Christian Louboutin was widely praised earlier this year for his collection of his iconic pigalle shoes in a range of nude hues.

Now a shopping aggregator site, Nudevotion is gaining traction for making it easier for women to find shoes and lingerie in a shade of nude that suits them.

The site’s creator Steve Moscetti spoke to Refinery29 about the reasons why the site was necessary.

“Not long ago, ‘nude’ meant ‘matches white skin,'” he said. “Because not everyone’s ‘nude’ is the same, people with skin of any other color were implicitly unable to participate in the trend,” he said.

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The site pulls in searched for items, and an editorial team sort them according to skin tone. At the moment the items are sorted into two categories – a lighter shade of nude and a darker one, with more tweaks to this slated.

The importance of inclusive – and diverse – fashion can’t be overstated.

As Radhika Sanghani wrote in The Telegraph,

“Never being able to find a nude bra, lipstick or elastic plaster isn’t just inconvenient – it’s a reminder that we still live in a world with a white standard of beauty. The majority of models are Caucasian, magazines rarely have women of colour on the cover, and young girls grow up thinking that true beauty is a white Hollywood A-lister.”


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See how swimsuit fashions have changed in 100 years

My mother once told me that as a young girl she and her sisters had knitted bathers. A thought that I found sufficiently horrifying, and indeed my mum spent a good deal of her youth waterlogged. However as this super cute video from Buzzfeed shows, mum’s knitted togs had once been in fashion (long before she wore them, mind).

The video traces how swimsuit fashions have changed – from suits that hid scandalous body parts (like those saucy ankles and knees) to the boop-boop-a-doop 50s curve clingers and the introduction of the bikini in 1946 (fun fact, apparently it was to save material during the austere war time).

Now bathers come in all shapes and sizes, for all shapes and sizes. And contrary to recent controversial ad campaigns, we’re of the opinion that everybody has a “beach ready” body – whether you choose to wear a bikini, a muu-muu or a pair of budgie smugglers (though we’re a little undecided on the final one).

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