Monday, May 24, 2010

Trend Alert: Bright Red

While beige may be the new black right now, you certainly shouldn't feel limited to neutrals for the spring and summer. In fact, smokin' hot red is the color of the moment, so jump on that bandwagon if you want to jazz up your wardrobe. There are several ways to pull this color off successfully, and I'm here to tell you what they are.

First, try an all red maxi dress in a loose, flowy silhouette. Since the color is so strong, you need to be careful to keep the look soft so you don't appear too harsh or overbearing:

Gypsy 05 Organic Maxi Dress, The Trend Boutique, $110
Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress, Target, $24.99

It's also important to select a maxi dress made with a casual fabric such as a light weight cotton or jersey, lest you appear too formal. Also, keep the accessories casual and light- flat gladiator sandals, a wooden bangle bracelet and a light weight printed scarf will do the job.

Maybe an all-over red maxi dress is a little too much for you, but you still want to participate in this fun trend. In that case, I recommend incorporating single items in this color into an outfit.

Cropped Cardigan, Target, $14.99

3Q Woven Jacket, Forever 21, $26.80

Whether it's a cardigan or jacket or top, pair the red garment with neutrals like beige, grey, cream and denim to allow the red to pop and remain the focal point of the outfit. Also, keep accessories complementary so that they do not compete with the red garment you choose.

Do you have a red piece you want to wear to participate in this trend, but you aren't sure how to do it? Send me an email anytime and I'd be happy to help you!

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