Bill Blass once said: “When in doubt, wear red,” a sentiment which I fully stand behind! Red definitely has a leg up on black, everyone’s favorite go-to, when it comes to the standout sex appeal and the va va voom factor. I really believe that it’s impossible for anyone not to look, and feel, sexy in red. It’s definitely one of those shades guaranteed to get heads turning but it can also be a little intimidating to wear.
Since red is such an inherently sexy shade, it’s important to look for styles that are slightly more on the conservative side. Anything too short or low-cut and you run the risk of looking cheap, definitely something to avoid at all costs! A perfect example is Emmy Rossum, pictured above wearing Donna Karan. The slouchy silhouette of the dress offset the striking-ness of the color for a style that was sexy, but still fuss-free and relaxed. Diane Kruger’s sheer red Calvin Klein dress was definitely a head-turner, but the knee-length cut of the dress kept it from being too vampy (not that she could look anything less than perfect!). The point is, this color is one that should be embraced and not feared because it looks spectacular when done right.
Every gal needs at least one LRD in her closet and I’ve rounded up 10 fabulous ones to choose from!
Herve Leger Lady in Red Bandage Dress, $990 (seen on Lauren Conrad). This is the ultimate day-to-night style and can be toned down with a blazer for work and vamped up with sultry heels for night. You can style it with accessories galore or keep it minimal, a la Lauren Conrad.
TopShop Caitlyn Dress, $70. A sexy, subtle, understated, highly wearable style. This one’s an absolute winner.
Jay Godfrey Dawson Dress, $395. The kind of dress that guarantees you will be the center of attention and envy of all who cross your path.
BDG Fitted Blouson Dress, $38. A flattering, versatile piece that can go from day-t0-night and one season to the next.
Joie Karla Dress, $258. Wear this loose with sandals for day and then belt it and pair it with killer platforms for a sexy night-time look.
Velvet Trishelle Dress, $108. An awesome mod-style that can stand alone or serve as a foundation for all your layering and accessory adventures.
Charley 5.0 Ahoy Mate’ Tube Dress, $288. You’re new go-to party frock.
Rebecca Taylor Pindot Silk Runaway Dress, $275. Sweet and feminine, but undeniably sexy. Not to mention super wearable. I’m in love!
Thayer Tie Back Dress, $242. One of those classic cocktail dresses you will reach for time and time again.
Forever 21 Tiered Eyelet Dress, $26.90. An offbeat-chic little number that commands attention.
– SABRINA ALEXIS
Splash image by Meagan Aguayo