How to Accessorize a Red Dress

Street Style: June 19 - Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017
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When accessorizing a red dress, it's important to remember that a bold-colored dress makes a strong statement on its own. Also, red can be a difficult color to pair other shades with. The best solution is to keep your accessories simple. This, of course, does not mean what you use to accessorize has to be boring. 

Shoes & Handbags

For daytime, nude pumps provide a foolproof solution.  Black shoes also work but often look stark and severe.

 Metallic shoes, like gold or silver are fabulous alternatives for evening and can add some subtle punches to a very bright dress. For handbags, you should follow the same rules when making your selection. 

Jewelry & Scarves

For jewelry, again, simple is always better. Gold and silver accessories are always a great choice. If you want to wear a scarf, try a printed scarf that incorporates shades of red in the print. One color you may want to avoid wearing is green, unless it's the holidays and you're going for a festive theme.  

Colors You Can Wear With Red

If you want to add other colors to your red dress, additional shades you can consider are navy, brown and even purple. 

You also want to make sure red is right for you. Undoubtedly, red is a color that calls a lot of attention to the wearer. While it is a myth that red cars get into more traffic accidents and more speeding tickets, red is a color that sticks in the eye and can actually change how you see other colors.

  

The amount of red you should wear is truly a subjective question that has no real firm answer. It is important to consider all the points above and always think about what your goal is for the occasion. If you are in a position where you need to be a leader, or show people new ideas, red may be a color that evokes a feeling of confidence in others.

If you’re in a position where you need to sell someone on an idea, or negotiate something you want, red may be something that causes aggravation in the person you are dealing with.  If you’re looking to stand out and can handle all the attention red may cause when you wear it, then wearing red will meet your expectations.