Colors, especially red, possess the inexplicable ability to arouse our emotions, reactions, feelings and impressions. February is probably the most influential month of the year when it comes to color—the delicious, sexy, arousing, stimulating call-to-action RED. From head to toe, this vibrant and passionate color insists you make an impression wherever you go.
Crimson’s fashion presence has been historically and politically important over the centuries. During the Elizabethan era, only the upper class wore the bright and dramatic color. Today, the choice for a man’s power tie—from the political arena to the boardroom—is red.
Women today are lucky—there is a multitude of ways to wear this vibrant shade. One of my ultimate favorites is a sassy red pair of shoes. I’m not the only one who lusts for red shoes—starlets sashay down the red carpet in Valentino couture pumps and online shoppers snap up TOMS red canvas classic. And Mimi Pond, best known for her television writing where she wrote the first full-length broadcast episode of ”The Simpsons,” produced a small book called Shoes Never Lie and penned some interesting thoughts about red heels.
Red shoes are possibly the darkest of all secrets that women keep from men. Though men are frustratingly immune to the lure of most footwear, red shoes are a different matter altogether. They allow you to hold the opposite sex in your sway. At the sight of them, men become befuddled and confused. They stammer and perspire and must pull at their neckties like some poor cartoon character. The funniest part of all is that they think it’s your perfume, or your personality.
No wonder Dorothy had some interesting fellas following her down the yellow brick road!
Another sultry wardrobe piece is the come-hither red dress. We have all heard the phrase ‘lady in red.’ The 1979 movie titled just that, “The Lady In Red,” depicted the female character participating in deceptive behavior, which may have given the red dress a reckless reputation. However sinful she might have been, in today’s fashions we can comfortably wear red without controversy. Whether you are a plus-size, regular or petite woman, we all have a “Pretty Woman” (remember Julia Roberts’ stunning red number when Richard Gere whisked her off to San Francisco for dinner in a helicopter) in us who can gracefully command attention in a red dress.
Glamour actresses of the early 1900s oozed perpetual sex appeal. Even though the films were black-and-white, I subconsciously saw the movie stars speaking their lines through Revlon-red lips.
Think Clara Bow, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe. I believe every woman ought to know what hue and shade of red is most flattering to her skin tone. My choice of make-up—if I could only have one item with me at all times—is red lipstick or its sister color of pink. I never leave the house without a smear!
As a dominant and striking chroma, red is understandably not found in abundance in most people’s closets, though dresser drawers might be another story entirely. With the month of love upon us, may I recommend some feminine soul-searching for that spectacular ruby shade of shoe, lipstick or red dress?
Don’t be afraid to let your inner vixen pout her lips and coyly beckon to Cupid’s enchanting arrow—throw on that red! For more fashion tips, visit It’s So U.
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