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Simplicity at Its Best with Wintertime Nudes


The depths of winter always make me want to pare down and cozy up. We need to wear more layers, but as the bright colors and patterns of the holiday season are washed away, and a New Year is born, we look to cleanse, restructure, and repurpose. Dressing in neutral tones is an easy way to visually achieve the clarity and purpose of beginnings.

More than ever before, I want everything in my closet (and my life) to matter, to be truly useful, to function at its highest purpose. These nude pieces will layer beautifully now, and will pair wonderfully with whatever colors and patterns are coming in 2012. With classic shapes and beautiful, sustainable fabrics, each of these pieces will find years of wear.

Clockwise from bottom left: Camilla Norrback Renate Bag Norwegian Wood wheat earrings, Priti Nail polish in water soldier, Camilla Norrback Jonas cardigan, and Vivienne Westwood Anglomania pumps for Melissa Plastic Dreams, all available from Kaight Boutique.

Many thanks to Michelle Legro for showing me some serious Photoshop skills (and just generally being awesome).

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.