If there’s one thing that a definite for Spring 2010: blush tones are hot, hot, HOT.
Well, actually, they’re sweet, rosy, a little nude but overall, blush tones are the perfect neutrals for Spring. Once Summer hits I am all about white. White flowy tops, eyelet dresses, lacy skirts but until then, I’m looking for new ways to fall into the light breezy days of Spring without heading straight to the red (sangria), white (sweet sundresses) and blue (a whole lot of short denim) days that I covet in those hot summer months.
Blush tones compliment most skin tones and don’t come across as “beachy” as pure whites do when you’re still trying to look appropriate for the office. Choosing light materials like silks, breezy cottons, and chiffon create the ultra-girlie looks that will have heads turning. Depending on the amount of pink versus beige in your chosen item of blush tone, you can create the perfect pair to your complexion. Rosy undertones compliment almost all people from winter pale to bronzed brown. Nude neutrals on the other hand can wash out a pale, blonde girl, so fake-bake a bit or pair it with a black blazer on top to balance out the colors.
Starting from the tips…
OPI’s Malaysian Mint gives that peachy-pink sheer that will have you craving a sweet summer peach while essie’s Pillow Talk has a deeper pinky-taupe base that is perfect for both work and weekend Hamptons trips. (Both $8).
From left to right: Hervé Léger at $1050, TopShop Zip Slip at $90, and Forever 21 at $14.50
All three of these pieces would be perfect Saturday slip-ons. The bandage dress would be the just warm-enough Saturday night going out dress that would give men everywhere that peek of skin they’ve been patiently waiting for during these long winter months. I would wear the TopShop dress to brunch with a cardi or with a white blazer to work (only if you work in a more casual environment, of course). At only $15 this frilled mini is the perfect transition piece; wear it with a white tank to shop around, or pair it with a statement necklace for the perfect date-night outfit.
Lastly… the shoes!
This is almost a “covet” and “catch” look. The first shoe is Steve Madden, at $69.95 (on sale!), while the shoe on the right is an out of your mind brilliant Elizabeth and James platform at a steep $395. I tried the E&J pair on at my last job and instantly fell in love with them, the platform in the front gives the heel some balance so you’re ankles aren’t strained and the peachy color accents any pedicure for the ultimate Spring look. Overall the shapes are semi-similar and if you’re on a budget the Steve Maddens’ are a great alternative but for me, the craftsmanship, the feel, and the overall aesthetic of the Elizabeth and James pair, makes me feel too much in love to cheat on it with another shoe…. yes, girls mixed with shoes can create weird emotions, welcome to my life.
Overall, blush tones are easy to come by, range in all prices, fabrics, accessories and are the perfect way to transition into these sunny Spring days. For an extra tip: I personally love wearing silver with rosy, pink blush tones and gold with nudes to add the most dimension to my outfit!
What do you think? Will you be blushing in these tones this season?