Similar to a perfect pair of pumps or a tailored blazer, there’s something delightfully magical about wearing a fiery shade of red. Aside from the studies that suggest men are more attracted to women who wear it, I’ve also found that it can unveil a more dominant, charismatic side to your persona. Also, it just makes you feel pretty sexy, and that’s always a plus in my book.
So when I noticed scarlet frocks popping up on the street style circuit, I was immediately drawn to the idea. Not only is the color pretty neutral in terms of seasonality (you can wear it during summer as much as you can in winter), but it also comes in a huge range of styles and price points—i.e., it’s accessible to everyone.
See below for my roundup of the best red dress moments as of late, and shop my picks to get in on the action.
Aimee Song reminds us of the dancing emoji lady in all the right ways.
Break up a bold red dress with an interesting belt.
Accessorize a red shirtdress with a scarlet bag for twice the impact.
All the ruffles.
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Step aboard the off-the-shoulder train with this flattering look.
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We suspect this same dress in any other color wouldn’t feel as exciting.
Vacation inspiration to the max.
We did a little Instagram digging and discovered Jenny Walton got this dress at a vintage store in Florence.
Paging Cher Horowitz!
A slight ruffle adds an unexpected architectural element.
The dress every fashion girl wants.
A timeless vacation piece.
This one’s about to sell out!
Step outside the box with a cape silhouette.
Cool in crimson.