The LRD - little red dress is as famous as the LBD and holds its own in terms of fashion longevity and iconic style. But unlike its counterpart the little black dress, there's nothing little about a bright red dress. Its vibrant color makes it BIG however little the dress may be! It's the epitome of the saying "Go big or go home" or should we say, "Go red or go home", or simply the red LBD - Little Big Dress!
This is a Zara dress from a couple of seasons ago. A fabulous purchase in terms of style and versatility. I've worn it to my own birthday dinner, summer lunch dates, holiday parties and now for Valentine’s day celebrations.
A leather jacket tones down the gown element this tiered maxi dress aspires to and gives it an edgy vibe for a fun date night on a cooler evening. It also covers up the predominantly bare back which is only good during the warmer months, so along with red boots this is how I winterize the dress.
Given that it's Valentine's day the addition of a sparkly slim belt and waterfall diamante earrings create the celebratory theme, but sparkle doesn't have to be limited to celebrations! And since I'm already wearing two iconic fashion pieces, the red dress and leather moto jacket, why not make it a trifecta and add some leopard print by way of this Jimmy Choo clutch, which I was fortunate to purchase in perfect pre-loved condition from Ebay several years ago.
The dress is designed for summer, but it doesn't have to be pigeonholed there. It has an open back to the waist and a long satin tie to fasten the back of the halter neck. It has an elasticated waist and pockets, woohoo to both of those features! The loose flowy design is comfortable and very feminine.
Although it comes with its own (same fabric) sash tie belt, it's removable allowing multiple looks by simply changing up the belt. A woven wide belt is a lovely way to wear the dress in the warmer months with wedge sandals, or change the shoes to chunky sneakers for a more informal street style.
Other ways I'm looking forward to wearing it is with a denim jacket and flat strappy leather sandals. Also, with a blazer - leopard print, or a solid color worn open with the belt visible on the dress or closed and the blazer belted!
Here is how I wore it for a dinner date last spring, simple and un-fussy:
A backless dress doesn't bode well for wearing a bra, so if you're self-conscious about that (which I used to be) there are all kinds of booby gadgets for this very purpose. A good store like Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom has a wide range of choices from self-adhesive nipple petals to self-attaching booby blobs that look more like silicone implants than something to be worn outside the bosom! If you live in a hot climate like the desert, I don't recommend the latter as they encourage perspiration and will slither right off creating a way more self-conscious situation than freelance boobies could ever hope to achieve!
This dress is no longer available however I've found a few other styles in various price ranges linked below.
So whether you choose to wear red or pink or stick to whatever is your favorite go-to, I hope you will enjoy celebrating your loved ones and being loved on this romantic day.
The only thing better than a loved one... is a loved one who brings chocolate!
Happy Valentine's Day!
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Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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