Fall 2011 Preview: Red

I think all redheads will agree that the color to run from is red. As much as I’ve tried to avoid it, red has become quite the trend this season. Nothing exemplifies this more than last week’s Emmy’s when a sea of scarlet clad starlets swarmed the, er, red carpet.

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Nina Dobrev, of Vampire Diaries fame, wore my favorite look of the night – a glorious Donna Karan gown that blew my poor little fashion girl mind. Here’s what I want to know: do they get a swatch of the carpet before hand so they don’t clash?

So, still afraid of this bold color choice? Here are a few tips on making it work for you.

  • Pair it with neutrals. Black, white and nude all look fabulous with everything from crimson to watermelon hues.
  • Stick to classic pieces that enhance a girlish figure. Channel your inner Christina Hendricks.
  • If you’re fair skinned, wear true bright reds or coral-toned reds. Dark complexions go for deep clarets and berry shades.
red inspirationFrom left: Evening Gown, Halston Heritage; Sash Belt, Cruciani; Necklace and Earrings, Topshop; Blouse, Sonia Rykiel; Pants, Cartonnier; Cocktail Dress, Topshop; Suede Wedges, Alexander McQueen

What is your relationship with Red? Is it true love or an on-again off-again sort of thing?

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