Like the creepy dudes that DM you on Twitter, I appreciate nudes. Yep, I admit it. I’m that guy who slipped into your DMs last week. Feels good to admit.
But in all seriousness, I love the color nude. And by that, I mean every shade of nude. Because in this increasingly diverse world, the color nude is becoming less and less localized. It’s no longer the same “light beige”. It’s not one shade. And it seems that more companies are starting to get this.
Last year, Christian Louboutin expanded his shoe range, creating a line of heels that came in multiple shades of nude. This fall, Aerie release a nude line of lingerie that has five different skintone shades. Target created an expanded collection of nude lingerie and hosiery. Dancers have access to nude pointe shoes and leotards that have been diversified by Gaynor Minden and Mahogany Blues Dance apparel, respectively. Even bandages are being released in different shades of nudes.
This change was much needed and so appreciated by the world. It’s seemingly miniscule advances like these that I think can lead to real change on how we, as a nation, percieve and treat people of color, and I strongly believe that these changes can lead to more awareness, more acceptance, more respect, more love, and, ultimately, real equality. I’m honestly so excited to see more and more companies diversify their collections because fashion should never deny anyone. It should never restrict. Never exclude.
But one of my favorite things about nudes is that they look beautiful together. And by that, I mean every shade of nude. While I could have chosen to style this outfit limited by one color, one tone, and one shade, it’s much more beautiful to use varying shades and tones. And I think that says something about the world we should strive to live in.
Skirt: Forever 21
P.S. Stay tuned for a post on how I shoot and edit my own pictures!