It's been said that after dark, there are only three colours that can hold their own: black, white and red.
Red certainly is the most exciting of these colours, and paired with a bold red lip, how can you go wrong?
Welllll...unfortunately, it often does go wrong.
I see a lot of red dresses in the society pages that are not living up to their full potential, because they are not accessorised correctly.
Here are the rules:
RULE 1: SHOES.
Repeat after me: blonde ladies should not wear black shoes with a red dress.
Why not? We end up focusing on your black shoes, because they don't harmonise with anything in your appearance, and your loveliness gets lost.
When wearing a red dress (or any other colour, for that matter), you should either wear shoes in the same shade of red (looks divine!), or your shoes should tone with your hair.
These are the best shoe colours to wear with a red dress:
Brunettes: brown/tan/gold or navy
Ravens: navy or black
Gray hair: silver/gray
The only exception to this rule is when you wear a hat in the same colour as your shoes, for instance a red dress with a black hat and black shoes can work even if you have blonde hair.
This is an excerpt from The Shopping Rules, an article from issue 3 of Forever Stylish, which is due to be published in December.
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