STYLE
07/26/2014 10:51 am ET Updated Jul 29, 2014

If You Plan On Wearing Nude, Read This First

Nude is one of the trickiest shades to pull off. And this week, Maggie Gyllenhaal tripped up wearing a flesh-colored jumpsuit thus proving our point.

A basic rule: When it comes to nude, finding the right color is crucial as it can easily become unflattering and wash you out. A good tip is to always go with a nude color that is a few shades lighter or darker than your natural skin tone to ensure that you don't look naked.

Check out Gyllenhaal's nude ensemble fail below along with a few other bad looks from Hollywood.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Here, Gyllenhaal picked a nude tone that is blending into her skin and doing nothing for her complexion. Had she picked a slightly darker color it would have really popped. Those black shoes are also too heavy with the jumpsuit.

Rachel McAdams

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The actress' one-shouldered, printed dress with extra volume at the hip has too many competing elements. McAdams should have scaled back with a sleeker silhouette.

Zoe Kazan

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The top and the bottom of this dress don't look like they belong together. The upper half is a different fabric and has a fashion-forward feel, while the shiny skirt looks like a prom dress gone wrong.

Lily Rabe

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The "American Horror Story" star picked a bad color. This top and skirt combo is blending together, the fabric is bizarre and the length is awkward. It should have been slightly longer or shorter for a more flattering effect.

Aubrey Plaza

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First of all, velvet in the middle of July? That makes zero sense to us. Then, Plaza went and paired it with a white ruffle collar which makes it look like she is starring in a Shakespeare play. The ruffle detail needed to be worn with a more modern dress to bring the outfit into the 21st century.

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