How To Wear Red: 10 Outfits To Inspire For Any Occasion

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, Oasap Split Back Dress $126.00 at, Miss Selfridge Dress $44.00 at, Maison by Michele Maison Strapless Ruffle Back Dress $213.00 at

Bottom row, left to right: Vanessa Bruno Silk Dress $210.00 at, Motel Jemima Dress $77.00 at, TFNC Debbie Swing Dress $65.00 at, Vivienne Westwood Jersey Dress $159.00 at


  • lanalang
    Reply lanalang Wednesday 18th June, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I love red dresses! I probably have a few too many.

  • Reply lz123 Friday 13th June, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    can you tell me who the red skirt suit is by? gorgeous!

  • Reply dj23249 Tuesday 25th March, 2014 at 5:04 am


  • Reply yslyenom Sunday 22nd December, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I don’t own a red dress but this makes me think of getting one.

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Thursday 26th September, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    I simply adore red clothing 🙂

  • Reply dj23249 Wednesday 7th August, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Some wonderful dresses but the persons legs in the first shot are just wrong in the red dress

  • Reply BellaB Tuesday 6th August, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I love red, and look good in the right shade – but like a giant tomato in the wrong shade! 🙂

  • Reply amanda6393 Tuesday 6th August, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Love a good red dress. So sultry.

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Tuesday 6th August, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Love, love, love red!!! There’s even a song called ‘Lady in Red’.

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