For women of color, finding the right nude colored anything is often easier said than done. Whether it be lipstick, hosiery, or a bodycon dress, neutral shades can be the hardest to match to your skin — especially for women with deeper skin tones. Nude bras for women of color sometimes feel like the unicorns of the lingerie world, and what's on offer can be frustratingly limited.
As a self-proclaimed butter pecan tan WOC, I try to steer clear of nude undergarments, purely for the fact that I know they will almost always disappoint me with their color selection. Sheer, neutral panties often make my skin look ashy, and I've completely given up on wearing nude tights because they never match my birthday suit. Contrary to most of the options on offer, "nude" doesn't singularly refer to a single shade of pale peach. For many of us, browns and tans are our nudes — and as such, we need bras to match.
Luckily, there a few bras on the market that can satisfy a WOC's taste for underwear that actually match her shade. These gorgeous nude bras are a godsend for golden to deep beauties desperately searching for undies that'll seamlessly blend into the skin.
This lacy number not only comes in the perfect hue for deep skin, but it also features beautiful lace detailing. There's nothing like a romantic floral print and a bit of enhanced cleavage.
The dotted pattern adds just enough oomph to this bra to spice it up, without making it too extravagant to pair under a simple tee. The tiny bows are also a nice touch.
Although this model may not be a WOC, this set would fare well against darker skin tones.
Not all brown babes are dark, so not all nudes have to be, either. A cinnamon colored bra would be a nice fit for golden skin tones.
This elegant undergarment may have mauve undertones, but it still looks radiant against tan skin. IMO, it would even accent dark skin well and serve as a solid nude.
The seamless texture and plunging cups of this bra give it a minimal feel, and its cocoa brown color will make this bra easily concealable for a WOC.
A WOC could definitely make this seamless nude bra an everyday undergarment, perfect for wearing under a white tee.
A full coverage bra like this can provide the support and lift many full-figured women want. With its dark espresso color, darker toned WOC can rock this baby as a nude bra. The sheer panels topping the cups also add an ultra sexy flair.
Every woman needs a bra in her collection that can do double duty. A convertible bra can go strapless when your outfit calls for it, or when you just can't be bothered with pesky bands weighing down your shoulders.
This semi sheer, full coverage bra has all of the dressings of steamy lingerie: Lots of lace detailing and tulle. It'll also provide a comfortable fit for fuller cup sizes.
11. Simple Brown Bra
A no frills garment that'll still hold your breasts in, this bra keeps things simple. Without the extra lace, bows, and trim, a coffee-hued bra will go undetected against medium brown skin tones.
Finding the right flesh toned bra may require a little more digging through racks of peach and beige undies, but it is possible to track down true nudes for WOC. Whether you're darker, browner, lighter, or anywhere in between there is a nude bra that works just for you.
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