The Little Pale Dress
Another strong contender for the LBD’s fashion crown has emerged, as dresses go pale and interesting for the winter. Celebrities including Alexa Chung, Keira Knightly and Kate Winslet have all recently made the LPD stylish Red Carpet uniform. Champagne, Ivory, Vanilla and Pearl hues dominated the catwalks, with designers such as Marc Jacobs, Alberta Ferretti and Diane Von Furstenberg all opting for creamy shades.
(L-R; Valentino, Diane Von Furstenberg, Alberta Ferretti)
Fair-skinned fashionistas need not fear this season’s muted palette, as light shades of gold give warmth to porcelain skin, giving a fresh, youthful glow.
(L-R; Alberta Ferretti, Marc Jacobs, Dior)
New Nudes may be this season’s chicest alternative to the Little Black Dress, but if you’re still not convinced, just follow these simple rules to conquer this barely-there dress code:
Compliment your skin tone; selecting the right pale shade is the most important aspect of the trend. English roses should opt for peach hues whilst darker skin types should choose richer, caramel shades.
Keep it simple;
Stick to one neutral shade to avoid the risk of the colours washing each other out. Embellishment should be subtle so not to overpower the look.
LPD’s on the catwalk came in a variety of textures, from floaty, weightless chiffon, to body-con Lycra, making the trend both interesting and wearable.
Don’t be afraid of colour:
Adding bold elements to a nude dress can instantly update this trend. Whether it be neon accessories or vibrant lipstick shades, an unexpected pop of colour can keep the trend modern and minimalist without washing you out. During the daytime, wearing a pair of classic or striking smoky eye makeup would be a way to counteract any overly cutesy pale dress. One carefully-chosen accessory is enough to alter the look completely to suit your individual style. The jury is still out on whether to pair them with tights though.
Lauren Waine is a Fashion, Textile Student at Manchester University now working as a Fashion Journalist.