If you wear Red, you may be counted as a communist or a prostitute or a bride depending on where you are. I do acknowledge the power of Red and personally never jumb to such judgemental conclusions. But these pre-conceived notions on red do exist.
Red is strong. Red is controversial. AND Red is fashionable. Red can look extremely stylish if worn right.
It is an attention-grabbing outfit colour that will make you the center of attraction every single time you wear it.
The red lipstick is a classic. Red pumps trump all other shoes in making you look the queen of the party. And the Little Red Dress is fast replacing the Little Black Dress.
What does a red dress symbolize?
There is a theory called the Red Dress effect. It tells you that if you wear Red you will look more appealing and attractive to others than if you are wearing any other colour. Refer this article in wikipedia to learn more
Why are fire engines painted red, and all the red traffic signals make you Stop – Yes, Red is a show stopper.
Red denotes many things to many people. For one, Red maybe a symbol of passionate love. For another, it may denote Danger, violence. To another, red is associated with risky moves, thrills and adventures. For another, it is the symbol of the forbidden. Sensuality is often associated with Red. So is fear.
Whatever is the psychology of wearing RED, it is an enriching colour; And can make you look and feel a million dollars.
Red color Variations
Can Red dress make you look attractive?
This depends on a lot more variables than a single answer. According to a thoery if you have a warm tone complexion most types of red can suit you. This is because red is a warm color.
Check out the post on factors affecting the choice of colours for your clothes.
How to get the red dress style right?
Do not wear this colour if you are an introvert and would like nothing more than a quiet spot in any party. One of the most important caveats of wearing red is that you should be confident in yourself. With a red coloured outfit, you cannot hide yourself in the crowd. It is the colour of confidence and that is what you should be.
Wear red with self-pride. It is a powerful colour and should suit your personality. Exude self-belief and you will find that the red colour you wear is a winner.
What colours go well with Red ?
You can easily go overboard with red, if it is paired with other bright colours, especially with complementary colours. The high contrast look may make you look e too dramatic ; Think of a Christmas tree – green and red.
But one way to mitigate this startling effect is to use complementary colours as a small accent. Like a purse or a clip.
Monochromatic colours of red shades in the colour wheel can be a good combination.Try self colored prints on red; if doing embroidery red on red can take on a multi-dimensional look which is still understated.
You can combine Red beautifully with shades of red like pink, maroon etc. Check out the post on fashion colour wheel to know more about colour combinations like this
Red and blue; Red and Pink; Red and white ; Red and Black ; Grey and Red are all great combinations. Black is an often used colour with red. White also goes well with red.
How to accessorize a red dress
Best accessory to wear with red is your own self-confidence.
As for the colour of accessories try nude or neutral colour accessories with red, because you donot want more drama with this colour
If you want to wear metal jewelry with a red dress choose antique gold. The yellow sheen of the Real gold can make you look garish.
Silver is another attractive colour combination for jewelry along with red
Caring for red coloured clothes
Red dyes run/bleed, especially on brand new clothes so be very careful when washing red garments.
Do not oversoak or use harsh detergents. Red colored clothes are also susceptible to fading.Soak the clothes in a teaspoon of vinegar before washing ; this can can set dyes and prevent fading to a degree. Salt is also said to do the trick.
Check out the post on washing and caring for dark coloured clothes