Why I’d choose a red number over an LBD (nearly) every time.
Perhaps it’s because I listened to too much Chris de Burgh in my formative years. Or maybe I’m just an attention-seeker. Whatever the reason, the little red dress is my fashion failsafe. I have one or two. Or six or seven. And they all make me feel great – strong, sexy and a little bit Spanish. What’s not to love? Wear one well and you can take on the world. My collection of red dresses is as essential to the smooth running of my wardrobe as my drawer of giant knickers.
Tips so you can make Chris de Burgh proud
1. When choosing a red dress you have to find the right shade for your colouring or you’ll risk looking more jaundiced than jaw-dropping. Bright red contrasts beautifully against very fair or very dark skin. Try more muted shades with a tan. And it’s best avoided altogether if you’re sunburned, unless you dig that lobster look.
2. A red dress is a bold enough statement not to need a whole lot of accessories. I normally keep it simple with neutral shoes and handbags – yes, leopard is a neutral. I add an extra bit of vintage sparkliness to up the glamour wattage for a night out. If you want to be a bit more daring, red can look terrific accented with hot pink. I try to avoid wearing black with red though, except when it’s incorporated in the dress design already.
3. Wearing a red dress encourages people to serenade you. I wore my red 1940s style pencil dress recently and three separate groups of people sang ‘The Lady In Red’ to me. I’m not boasting and this isn’t technically a tip. I’m just offering you the scientific proof that wearing a red dress makes your life more like a movie, one with your own personal soundtrack.