Our busy lives call for wardrobes that blend style, function, and versatility—meaning we’re always in search of foundation pieces that can go with just about everything. Whether your daily uniform consists of interchangeable essentials or a mix of eclectic pieces, having a few nude essentials is key. They can be worn with denim for casual looks, as a base layer under suits, or to balance out the bold print of a skirt or pair of trousers.
If you’ve yet to add these pieces to your closet—or are looking for a few more to round out your collection—the True Hues collection by Banana Republic is a good place to start. Offerings include tanks, tees, and undergarments, available in a wide array of shades made to compliment an inclusive range of skin tones. Consider these seven staples, handpicked by Harper’s Bazaar, the pieces everyone should have in their wardrobe.
Whether it’s tucked into high-waisted jeans or paired with an easy skirt, the bodysuit is a foundation piece that’s always on-trend. The 2-layer fabric construction of this beauty is made for a smooth fit that feels like a second skin. Available in either a full-coverage long-sleeve or tank top silhouette, any of the eleven complexion-matching shades will have your style basics covered.
Essential Layering Tank
When it comes to base layers, the always-essential tank is the first place to start. Made from a sustainable cotton and TENCEL blend, this classic cut was designed to fit to form without bunching or rolling. The eleven available shades of nude make it easy to match to your skin-tone, but be sure to pick up a few other complementary colors that you can feel comfortable wearing all on their own.
Essential Layering T-Shirt
The crisp white tee has long been considered a staple, but a nude hue is something every style savant needs in their collection. This TENCEL and modal crew neck T-shirt is an effortless layer under sheer sweaters and open knits. Going for a chic tonal look? Just reach for a complementary shade (a few steps darker or lighter) that will make for a fashion-forward statement.
Washable Silk Layering Slip
The silk slip may have had a high-fashion makeover, but don’t forget it’s an essential underpinning too. Whenever you’re going to wear a semi-sheer dress, shimmy into a short slip for some extra coverage and a little peace of mind in front of a camera flash. This relaxed fit is a low-maintenance, machine washable, investment that’ll be a forever fashion hero.
Cosabella Aire Lowrider Thong
There’s nothing like putting together the perfect outfit, only to have it ruined by some unsightly underwear lines. Especially when it comes to silky trousers or classic white denim, a pair of seamless briefs is a must. These microfiber options by Cosabella come in a range of nude hues and cuts that are worth stocking up on.
Bare High-Heel Sandal
A pair of nude heels is an easy way to elongate the legs, but it’s also a great way to take the guesswork out of picking a pair of heels. This minimalist, strappy sandal works just as well with an understated pair of jeans as it does with stow-stopping formal wear. Pick one of True Hue’s five nude-colored shades, and these heels will quickly become the most versatile pair of shoes in your wardrobe.
Cosabella Aire T-shirt Bra
The wrong undergarments can ruin an otherwise wonderful outfit, which is why it’s important to have some everyday bras in the lingerie lineup. In addition to matching your skin tone—which is ideal when wearing a top that’s white or sheer—molded-foam cups and an underwire offer great shape and support. This Cosabella option from the True Hues capsule is one that will be your go-to under tanks and tees.