Wearing a little red dress is always a statement, undeniably drawing attention with its vibrancy and often associated with romance and femininity. Valentino’s red dress has made the Little Red Dress a must have fashion fixture in your closet, as the perfect statement dress to have everyone turning their heads.
Often though, wearing a red dress treads the line between the perfect statement outfit and the inappropriate so its best to stick to some simple rules when shopping and styling your little red dress.
I think the beauty of the little red dress is that it suits all women and skintones.
My simple rules to shopping the red dress are:
– It’s all about the fabric. Cheap fabrics with the wrong shade of red make a dress move very easily from tasteful to tacky.
– Cut, cut, cut. Choose a cut that suits YOU. Not what’s in fashion.
– Don’t show too much skin. If you are opting for a strapless dress for example, choose a hemline a little longer, or even a midi pencil skirt silhouette for a modern, yet classic look.
– Style it up. If you are going to wear black shoes with a red dress, be very careful. It can look a little cartoonish. Don’t choose chunky black shoes or something overpowering as the colour is powerful enough. I would choose simple, elegant black pumps or strappy sandals.
– Shades of red. Buying a red dress isn’t as simple as that. There are so many shades of red on so many different dresses so be mindful of what shade you are choosing and whether it is right for your complexion.
Top row, left to right: Issa Lace Dress $733.00 at TheOutnet.com, Oasap Split Back Dress $126.00 at Oasap.com, Miss Selfridge Dress $44.00 at MissSelfridge.com, Maison by Michele Maison Strapless Ruffle Back Dress $213.00 at TheOutnet.com
Bottom row, left to right: Vanessa Bruno Silk Dress $210.00 at TheOutnet.com, Motel Jemima Dress $77.00 at Topshop.com, TFNC Debbie Swing Dress $65.00 at Topshop.com, Vivienne Westwood Jersey Dress $159.00 at Net-A-Porter.com