Lady In Red
Your inner lady in red is dying to get out. It's time to unlock her.0
While the Fall 2009 apparel erred on the conservative side – blazers, pants, waist belts, suits and such – designers did agree that we can’t be all frowning penny pinchers. Maybe the bright color was a reaction to the grim depression or everyone’s been watching a little too much True Blood, but red is pouring out of storefront windows like hot lava. Don’t be scared; we’ll walk you through it.
Everyone has an inner Lady in Red dying to get out – your Lucille Ball of a neighbor, your orange and white tabby cat, your tailor, your sixteen year old niece, everyone. And the timeless color transcends age, race and even hair color. But people fear the Lady in Red because they don’t know how to wear her. This fall, it’s time to unlock her. Vogue is chock full of red from draping skirts to overcoats. Didn’t you see The September Issue? If it’s in Vogue, then it’s in. Luckily, red comes in many different shades providing multiple outlets for exploration. When you go exploring for your red, bring a friend because if you aren’t used to the brightness, your view of how the color looks on you will likely be a bit distorted. Ask friends and other people in the stores, “Does this shade of red look good on me?” (Maybe not sales people. They lie.)
Like the lipstick, choose a blue-based red – more maroon- if you have a cool complexion and a yellow-based red – more orange – if you have a warm complexion. If the fiery color scares you, then move it away from your face. Choose shoes, outerwear or skirts. Red shoes have staying power. Certainly you cannot wear them all the time, but you can keep them forever. Red outerwear also has staying power, and being removable and all, a sharp red coat might be your best bet. Skill scared? Try a skirt. It has less material (translation: less red) than a dress or coat, and can be toned down to your comfort level with the boring neutral tights and jackets you already have.
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