The Little Red Dress (LRD)

Basic rules
The Little Red Dress (LRD)

Red color is strong-willed and can give confidence to those who are shy like me. I have been dreaming about the red dress for a very long time. I already know that my dreamt red dress will have a simple A-line or tulip cut and will be in crimson color – a classy variation of red. It will be THE “Little Red Dress” (LRD). I still haven’t found what I am looking for though. I want my red dress to be perfect and it takes time. You may think I am fussy, but nothing could be more wrong.

The explanation why I am taking so much time to find my LRD is very simple, you can’t go wrong with black, white or beige, but believe me, when it comes to red, there is a thin line between classy and vulgar. Why? Because red is the color of extremes. It represents energy, action, desire, and passion. However too much of the color red or wrong type of it can cause irritation, agitation and ultimately angriness.

If you want to create a classy business look in red, make sure you will get a right shade of it and stick to simple cuts. If you have a good sense of colors, you can create color-blocks with red. Otherwise stick to the proven sets and combine red with neutrals (white, beige, grey, black) only. If you want to play even safer, add a touch of red to your monochrome look.

One more thing worth to know about red is that all reds are not created equal. In fact, aside from light and dark shades of red, there are two kinds of red: yellow-based reds called also “tomato” reds; and blue-based reds known as “berry reds”.

Here is a little “variation of red” cheat-sheet :

Maroon is a dark bluish red. In general it is slightly softer than burgundy and not as dramatic as true red.

Burgundy is a dark purplish red; it is more sophisticated and serious and less energetic than true red.

Crimson has a little blue in it. It emits sensuality rather than sexuality.

Scarlet has a little orange mixed with it, which gives a richness and brightness to it. It is a little less intense than true red.

Context is everything when using red. The same red in combination with black will glow more than in a combination with white. Keep this in mind when you compose your outfit.

Have a wonderful Friday!

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