The lady in red

Red, the colour of love. And passion and sex and spicy, hot, heat. And power and danger and rage. Yes, red symbolizes all that, but it’s also considered warm (think wool socks and flannel shirts), happy (think Santa) and welcoming (think red painted front door). Red is what you make of it.

Sure, wearing red can make a bold statement, but it can also be subtle; something simple and elegant. You don’t have to go with an all-out Jessica Rabbit, sexy bombshell, red dress. In fact, you don’t have to go for a dress at all. You could do a jacket or shirt or one of my favourites – shoes. I love having a pair of comfortable, red shoes in my closet. Wearing them makes me smile. And it’s amazing what they can do to light up just about any outfit, no matter how neutral or grey. (I had a friend years ago who found an old bank account she’d forgotten about. There wasn’t a lot of money in it, but there was just enough to buy the pair of red cowboy boots that she’d been coveting. They got a lot of wear, and love.)

On the other hand, what’s wrong with making a bold statement or exuding a little sex appeal? It doesn’t mean you want to have sex with anyone, right now… on the kitchen counter. It can, if you want, but it doesn’t have to.  😉

There’s no doubt about it, people have physical and chemical reactions when we see the colour red. It definitely takes a little confidence to wear red, but wearing it is confidence boosting, too. And mood busting. Just try feeling blue when you’re wearing a sexy red bra under there.

And no fair waiting for Christmas or Valentine’s. This is normal, everyday stuff we’re talking about. If a red dress or jacket is too much for you, start small with a scarf or a chunky bracelet. Just make sure whatever you choose is comfortable. Fortunately we do not live in the world of Hollywood stars or runway models where comfort is a four-letter word. Comfort first, statement second.

So, what do you say, is your wardrobe seeing red? Or is it a sea of neutral? Black? Grey? Why not get a head start on beating the winter blahs by injecting a dash of spice into the mix? Next thing you know you’ll be trotting off to your nearest M.A.C.’s to buy yourself a tube of Ruby Woo.

What’s your favourite red story? What would you wear in red? Share your tale in the comments below. We want to hear all about it, every little detail, hot or not.

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  • I have a pair of red jeans that I one day realised I often wear when I have my period, not as some sort of flag, but as a pick-me-up to my mood.

    Sometimes, I go all out and throw in a red t-shirt too. There’s something so clean & clear about red. I love the statement it makes: this is me, take me or leave me. (On those days I could care less which it is.)

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