Until now I've never had my "Lady in Red" moment! This is the first red dress I've owned since a red pinafore dress my grandmother made me when I was five years old. Why has it taken me fifty years to do this? I've had all out pink dresses, the brightest of floral dresses, all of which I could have been seen from outer space in, but why not red?
Historically, wearing red has been associated with promiscuity. It is said that women subconsciously find other women who wear red a threat, perhaps because a woman in red might run off with their man or at least seduce him. Studies have shown that men find women in red to be more attractive. If there is any significance to the promiscuity theory then we can assume a women in red is more likely to engage in a little sauciness, which undoubtedly would make her more appealing to men. In any event, I think we can safely blame men for the notoriety surrounding the LRD!
I'm not saying that any of these reasons are why I haven't worn a red dress until now, but there could be some underlying subconscious psyche that held me back from doing so! Since I'm now 56 years old, I doubt I'm seen as a threat to anyone whether I'm wearing a red dress or no dress at all!
The style of this dress is flattering for most body shapes due to the trumpet hem, sometimes known as a flutter hem. The volume created at the hem balances out the shoulders and the body skimming line throughout the waist and hips creates a feminine silhouette even for a no-waist boyish figure such as mine.
Nude shoes and accessories have played a major role in helping me overcome my apprehension to wear a red dress. I simply love the chic look that the neutral tones provide against the vibrant brights. Before nudes became a fashion stronghold in the accessories game, I could only imagine black shoes with a red dress and that has never appealed to me. If it's a really special occasion amp up the star quality with gold shoes for some old Hollywood glamour.
Since I wasn't strutting my stuff at a well heeled gala ball or tottering down a red carpet I toned down the bling with a long pearl necklace wrapped twice to sit just at the neckline. You can add more drama with a sparkly collar necklace.
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This is indeed the time to take advantage of a red dress, or red anything for that matter. It's hitting the fall and winter season with a vengeance. Pillar box red, orangey tones and jewel red hues are showing up in every type of garment and accessory. It's definitely not for the fashion faint of heart but these big reds are making a bold statement!
If you've ever felt the desire to dress up as a jolly red fire engine given it's ability to stop traffic and turn heads all at the same time, then now's your chance! It's okay to wear head to toe red even if the tones clash. If you're not one who seeks that much attention or wants to be noticed from another solar system, you can start of small with just one piece. A bold red handbag can change the whole dynamic of an outfit taking it from ordinary to extraordinary, and don't forget your bright red lipstick and of course nail color to add to the pizzazz!
Also consider the red dress is going to make a great holiday statement in the upcoming months. I've linked several of my red dress favorites below, some of which are on major sale. So if you're feeling inclined to have your "Lady in Red" moment, act now before the holiday onslaught begins!
As always, thank you for stopping by my friends!
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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