Over this past year, you've no doubt gathered a collection of flattering red dresses—they've not only been in fashion throughout 2017, but we've also discovered that a particular shade of primary red suits all skin tones and psychologically lift's one mood and appearance of power. There's nothing to not to love about the LRD. Only, with the advent of the festive party period, a sudden drop in temperatures and a calendar chock-full of dates to remember, there's suddenly a need to a) revisit this range of red dress and b) find something new to wear with them.
Here is where we step in to solve all your styling needs. Because the fashion crowds and the celebrities have been wearing these scarlet frocks on repeat, there's plenty of inspiration material to sift through, and the good news is that your LRDs—no matter their shade, silhouette, shape or print—go with a lot of accessories, coats and other colours out there. We could go so far as to say red is the new black or that it should be considered a neutral, but we won't, due to the fact that it's, erm, bright red. So keep reading to see how Olivia Palermo, Kate Bosworth, Kendall Jenner and a host of street style stars recommend you wear your red dress now.
Red Dress + Anything Black
Cue: Lots of wear.
Red Dress + Jeans
Style Notes: Whether layered over true-blues or washed-out black rinses, there's something new and modern about wearing your favourite red dress over jeans. Because this is a more adventurous idea, it also opens up some wilder accessorising options. Go forth, and conquer.
Topshop's straight-leg jeans are so good right now.
Red Dress + Gold Jewellery
Style Notes: Festive but also entirely summer-appropriate, gold jewellery (bangles, trinket necklaces, hoops, statement earrings, chokers—you name it) always looks good set against bright red.
My hot spot for earrings.
Red Dress + Nude Sandals
Style Notes: Show me a celebrity who doesn't rely on the old red dress + nude sandals formula, and I'll eat my hat. From Karlie Kloss to Kristen Stewart, this is a versatile, flattering combination that suits all personal styles.
A popular celebrity choice.
Red Dress + Camel Coat
Style Notes: When it's cold out and you still want to wear your LRD, then the camel coat is your new best friend. Everyone from Kate Bosworth to Amal Clooney agrees that this grown-up coat looks striking against a bold red.
All Red From Top to Toe
Style Notes: The fashion editor's way to wear a red dress in 2017, no FROWgoer has been exempt from trying the runway's dedicated head-to-toe idea. You can be matchy-matchy with one colour, or mix up your red tones for a more autumnal effect.
Also very good with jeans and your work trousers.
Red Dress + Neutral Snake Print
Style Notes: Meanwhile, over in Hollywood, the new combination to be seen in now is neutral snake-print shoes worn with little red dresses. Both Kendall Jenner and Shay Mitchell are in on it. We say save it for the hotter months in the UK.
Who says it has to be snake-print shoes?
Red Dress + White Footwear
Style Notes: Whether patent ankle boots, neat pointed-toe courts or classic sneakers, we've seen countless outfits this year that revolve around red dresses and white shoes. Ideal for the girl who wants to be slightly offbeat this party season.