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Accessorizing Tips for Wearing Red

by Stacey Kole, studioD

Whether it’s a pair of sleek pants, a glammed-up evening dress or a polished subtle blazer, any garment done in red is sure to make a statement. Because of its bold hue, accessorizing isn’t always easy -- especially if you’re looking to dress down the overall look. From neutrals to metallics, choosing the right pieces to complement a sizzling ruby cocktail frock or a cute pair of skinny jeans is a snap once you understand a few basic rules of the eye-turning color red.

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If standing out is your goal, you'll knock it out of the park with head-to-toe red. This look usually works best with a simple sheath or cocktail dress without a single embellishment -- the red is all the drama you’ll need. If the vibe you’re going for is "after five," try deep-red gemstone earrings or a ruby cocktail ring. Finish your ensemble with red patent leather pumps and a small envelope clutch.


Red looks smashing with virtually any metallic accent. A red maxi dress with an armful of gold bangles or a mixed-metal chain necklace and gold t-strap sandals is a stunning blend of glamour girl and Greek goddess. For a more casual look, try pairing your red skinny jeans with a basic white or black tee, brushed silver ballet flats and silver hoops for a laid-back weekend vibe.


Any red wardrobe item pairs beautifully with neutrals -- think black, white, gray and beige. Slip on your red cocktail frock and add a black silk blazer and black pumps for a sophisticated feel -- or mix a red blouse with dressy charcoal-gray trousers for a dinner meeting. Mingle in white or nude pieces -- like tees, tanks or button-down shirts -- for a more casual approach that still looks clean and crisp. For example, red jeans or capris look preppy-cool when worn with a white tank and beige blazer. Finish the ensemble with neutral flats or wedges and simple jewelry.


If red is in the mix, denim can join in easily. Pair red shorts or jeans with a white tank and a chambray button-down shirt, neutral shoes and a skinny belt. Or, if a red blouse or blazer is your item of choice, it’s hard to beat dark-wash denim skinnies or a cute pair of cut-off jean shorts. Accessorize either look with a black, chocolate or nude pair of shoes and matching oversized bag.

About the Author

Stacey Kole worked for five years as managing editor of the style and pop-culture magazine Savvy, where she traveled coast-to-coast covering all things fashion and beauty. In addition to daily writing and editing duties, she interviewed and penned cover stories on such celebrities as Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene.

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