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How to style a red dress

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.

how to style a red dress

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.

how to style a red dress

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!

how to style a red dress

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.


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  • Reply Julie

    Love your ideas! Your thoughts on the brown soles of a black shoe is a great one.
    Love the red dress too!

    November 15, 2018 at 4:01 pm
    • Reply maccarose

      Thanks! A simple touch but I think it really makes a difference.

      November 19, 2018 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply starr

    Love all these looks! I think the cropped jacket is my favorite!!

    November 16, 2018 at 10:18 pm
    • Reply maccarose

      Thanks! It’s a fun sassy look for sure!

      November 19, 2018 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Betsy

    All looks are totally on trend and look great on you. Thanks for sharing!!

    November 16, 2018 at 11:04 pm
    • Reply maccarose

      Oh! So sweet of you to say! Thanks so much.

      November 19, 2018 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Ashh

    Love your styling.specially a trench coat over it can make it look subtle and perfect for weather

    November 18, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    • Reply maccarose

      Thank you! Can never go wrong with a long white winter coat! So festive.

      November 19, 2018 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply Hannah Kraus

    I love seeing this red dress styled so many ways!

    November 18, 2018 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    I love how you styled all these looks!!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    November 19, 2018 at 1:54 am
  • Reply Christie Moeller

    OOOh So cute! I love red and white together- always so chic!

    xoxo Christie

    November 19, 2018 at 6:47 pm
    • Reply maccarose

      Thanks! I agree, red and white are such a beautiful pairing!

      November 19, 2018 at 10:51 pm

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