Red Dresses Project Power, Sex Appeal, and Confidence

Red dresses announce your arrival in an dramatic way. No color is more festive or powerful than red.

Red is the color of kings and popes, sex sirens, and the name of one of romance fiction's most famous heroines, Scarlett O'Hara (Gone with the Wind).


Whether you are looking for a power coat-suit dress or the perfect party confection, there is a hue that is right for you.

A red dress may flatter many skin tones -- perhaps because there are so many shades and tones of this primary color. A little blue creates deep-hued reds that flatter pale complexions.

Add orange for shades of red apparel that flatter autumn skin tones.

Dilute scarlet with white and you have dreamy tones of berry and fucshia. These bold shades seem to never go out of style for women who love to feel feminine or want to project a boldly romantic look.

Add black to primary red, and we have maroon fashion dresses. This color is a bit more subtle, yet still projects confidence and drama.

Pick Flattering Hue & Cut

Look for a dress designed to minimize figure flaws.

Surplice front and wrap dresses are a good look for all but flat-chested gals, creating a feminine silhouette. You often will see the words "figure-flattering style" in ad copy about this style.

Another advantage of the V-neckline is that it travels well from professional setting to evening out. This gives you good value for your fashion dollar.

What about the Sheath Dress?

Sheath dresses may be figure-skimming or flaunt your curves.

A nicely fitting sheath dress can go from business to evening with the right shoes and accessories.

Darts and a slightly-fitted seams prevent the sheath from looking like a shapeless sack.

A princess-line dress usually has fuller cut. The skirt may have gores cut on the bias for flattering drape.

Avoid Shirring for Apple and Pear Shaped Gals

If you have an apple or pear shaped figure, avoid fashion dresses with pleats or shirring at the waist. This emphasizes girth.

A bias cut skirt flatters many body shapes.

An empire waistline disguises tummy and hips. Appropriately placed ruching also can detract from these areas if they are a problem for you.

Red Dress Is Easy to Accessorize

A crimson dress is perfect for Valentine's Day, Christmas and New Year, the Fourth of July, and any event where you want to shine and be remembered.

Many older women prefer sleeves. If you love the dress but it is sleevelesss, wear it with a sweater, shawl or, for business, a jacket.

If you absolutely adore red apparel, you may want to ramp up your wardrobe with a crimson, scarlet, or cheery cherry red-trench-coat, red pea coat, red rain or wool poncho. The neutral trench coat has come to dominate all-weather and rainwear -- and that's a shame. But it makes it easy for you to be memorable in your red or colored coat.

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