By Adaeze Ibechukwu


I am a fan the red…I love red bags, shoes, watches and even cars, the red has a way of making my day. However, even though the red stands out as one of the brightest colours ever, most people have no idea of how to style it. Here are ways to wearing the red dress and looking radiant in it.

 From fire-engine red to burgundy, all shades of red dresses look smashing with black accessories. You could pair your dress with fierce, strappy heels for a modern look or find some elegant peep-toe pumps to play up the ladylike feel of your dress. The choice is yours.


The lustrous mid-weight fabric of Lanvin’s stunning duchesse-satin gown beautifully drapes into a twisted bow, while the grosgrain waist-band draws the eye to a nipped-in silhouette. No bra is required – the boned bodice and internal support strap offer a secure fit.

Add a black clutch or small shoulder bag, a piece or two of jewelry in either gold or silver and you’re all set. Try adding further contrast with ebony onyx or black-lacquer jewelry.bag


Moschino’s red satin-twill clutch is detailed with embroidered and beaded felt appliqués to dazzling effect. With a hand strap and optional shoulder one, there are plenty of ways to style it.

Red vary from dark to light, deep tones to soft, radiant to orange glow and red with under-shades of blue. When wearing a red dress, do keep in mind the time of the day while choosing tone of red to wear. Bright colours and red dresses with pattern are good for the day while at night, go for monotones as they are more sexy and glamorous.

Choosing the right red that complement your skin tone go a long way in adding the extra-shine to your look. For light skin go for dark red as it has a way of bringing out the lovely complexion and for darker skin tone, go for the bright orange red or fuchsia red.


In a fiery crimson hue, Notte by Marchesa’s gown is sure to turn heads. The draped chiffon bodice and silk-crepe column skirt are divided by a waistband of glimmering gold beads. Style yours with sleek rings and a box clutch

Body size has a lot to do with the choice of colour; for small structured women, wear bright reds preferably with patterns as it will give you an hour glass figure. Large women should go for maroon or wine shades which would draw less attention to their figure and give an illusion of pettiness.

Go for simple necklines, fitted cuts and spectacular style when choosing the red dress. Be careful when accessorizing the red dress as it is super high on the sexy quotient, keep accessories chic and simple, wear simple neck pieces or bangles. Chose a red shade of nail paint or a nude shade. Add glamour to the dress by adding a black belt to the waist for detailing.

It’s been a common thought that black sandals or shoes compliment the red dress but it doesn’t work that way all the time. A nude foot wear is the best pick for any red dress as well as silver; peep toes, high heeled pumps, strappy sandals are all big flatterers for the red dress.


Lanvin’s nude satin pumps made their glamorous debut as part of a vintage-inspired runway look. A fabulous glitter bow and bronze leather trims emphasize the chic proportions. The buckled T-bar strap ensures a comfortable fit, too

Your hair and make-up are more important to your look than any other, avoid staggering hair- do’s and go for something chic during the evenings and a more casual look during the day.

Makeup is an important part of any woman’s appearance. While almost any makeup style will look appropriate with a black dress, a red dress may require special attention. Red is a bright, warm color and this is the primary consideration to keep in mind when selecting makeup to wear with it.

The choice between the red lipstick and the red dress has always proved controversial, while some people knock it out and look good, some others look trashy and vulgar.

When putting makeup on your cheeks, do not try to match the shade of the blush with the redness of the dress. Let the blush be reddish, but lighter than the dress.

In terms of eye makeup, use neutral, brown and gunmetal (gray) shades. Stay clear of purple or green eye shadows as they clash with red clothing. You can also line the top and bottom lids of your eyes with a black pencil.

An additional tip to wearing the red dress is; wear the right attitude, look the part and play the part as you’ll be the centre of attention wherever you go!