Tis the season for a fabulous red dress; this week we’ll be going over a few ways to wear a red dress and for which occasions. This particular dress is a purchase from last year. I wore it to our Christmas eve dinner at my parents house. It was definitely an outfit that made a statement; sure loved it and felt so pretty wearing it! It’s one of those pieces where I don’t mind that it’s a repeat. Such a sassy and festive dress! In fact, I hope to find reasons to repeat it. Ready? Let’s chat about these three looks and how you can style your red dress!
How to style a red dress
One thing rings true with these Thursday Three styling’s; a brown suede moto jacket is a staple and pretty much goes with everything! This jacket has made several appearances within these posts. Aside from that; it is such a rich color and fabric. Love the texture and structure it adds to an outfit.
The jacket is brown. However, I love it paired with these black booties. I think the reason it is visually appealing is because the block heel is a natural brown color. It ties the two pieces together. Something about a black shoe. I prefer a black shoe to have a brown sole. It makes it easier to dress up or down and pair with brown tops/jackets. This rule doesn’t apply to brown shoes.
A cognac boot would look beautiful with a black jacket or top. It’s purely just a black shoe thing… I made this rule up based on my personal preferences about black shoes. But, I do think it creates a more balance cohesive look when the black shoe has a touch of brown.
As for the jewelry; the metal long chains help to dress down the otherwise formal dress. The pewter metal matches well with the jacket’s pewter hardware. Matchy-matchy isn’t a must; but I felt silver would have been to bright and gold too dressy for the vibe I was going for. This outfit can be worn to any holiday gathering. But, I think the best time would be on a date with my husband or out for dinner my girlfriends.
Heading to the theater this holiday season? Perhaps the Nutcracker or fancy holiday dinner, or a Christmas eve gathering. Letting the dress stand on it’s own is perfect for these type of occasions. The best part about a red dress is it can stand out on it’s own with little to no extra effort. Throw on a pair of nude heels and a dressy winter coat and you’re good to go!
An instant way to relax the feel of a red dress is to pair it with an over-sized cardigan, flats, and scarf. Realizing the potential of a red dress is the basis for how to get creative with it. Take it from day to night. From fancy to casual. It really is so versatile. Of course it also depends on the style of dress. There are some for which can only be worn formally and others for casual only purposes. The key is finding one that is perfectly centered between the formal and casual. Consequently, allowing for the dress to swing on both sides of the fence.