Taupe dresses are not immortalized in song. Ditto navy, off-white and other Armani-approved shades of subtlety. "Red Dress" by Sugababes, "Blues in a Red Dress" (Fred Walker), "Put on Your Red Dress" (Martin Page), "Girl in the Red Dress" (Gregg Karukas) and probably most famously, Chris de Burgh's "The Lady in Red"...all attest to the undeniable allure of this spicy hue. ("Woman in brown" just doesn't have quite the same ring.) Wearing a dress that is R-E-D is a fun way to send a sassy style message.
However...red is a color that comes with a few "howevers."
DOs include finding the right red for you - tomato looks awesome on some women, while a cool lipstick shade is far more flattering on others. DON'Ts include trying to match your shoes (or worse, your tights or hosiery) to your dress...no! This is the place to experiment with fun accent shades such as charcoal (elegant!), baby blue (fresh) and hot pink (YSL's fave combo). For all the Do-n-Dont Dish designed to transform you into a head-turning fashionsta in red, check out my lastest column for Answers.com.
- Lesley Scott
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