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Style Spy: Bright Red
hanks to stylish stars such as Karen Elson and Emma Stone, not to mention notable labels like Diane von Furstenberg and Marchesa, one color is standing out above the rest right now: bright red. That is the good news. The even better news is that though bright red might feel like a tricky color to pull off, it doesn’t have to be! We have devoted today’s Style Spy story to exploring how four top tastemakers—namely, Molly Sims, Karen Elson, Naomi Watts, and Emma Stone—wear this bold color and what they wear it with! Ready? Read on for all the need-to-know details!
There are many ways to wear bright red, but if you want to start out gradually, why not take notes from Molly Sims? Last month, Molly attended the Rise of the Planet of the Apes premiere in Los Angeles wearing a bright red jacket over a neutral minidress. We love the way Molly easily tempered the boldness of her jacket by pairing it with a neutral nude dress. The ensemble still catches the eye, but you don’t need to be brimming with confidence to wear this ensemble. To make this look your own, make sure you check out Miu Miu’s (5) and Dress Monster’s Blazer (9). A dress like Wilt’s (2.20) will complete the look.
If you do have plenty of confidence, why not wear red from head to toe, which is what Karen Elson did for the Tonight We Tanqueray party in New York City last month? Yes, her red Gucci dress is bold, but you can pull off this look just as easily as Karen has by keeping two key points in mind: keep your accessories to a minimum and opt for an understated beauty look. By following these guidelines, you will allow your bright red ensemble to speak for itself. Inspired? Be sure to check out these options: Gucci’s (,695), Loveappella’s (.99), and Pixie Market’s Lace Maxi Dress (1).
If you like to experiment with color combinations, bright red is ultra-chic when worn with black and white. For proof, take a look at the ensemble Naomi Watts put together for Stella McCartney’s resort presentation, which took place in New York City back in June. Now, while Naomi’s white eyelet tank and cropped black blazer are chic, certainly, it is her red shorts that really bring her summery ensemble to life. On that note, you can try this look for yourself by picking up Nasty Gal’s () and Wyatt’s () and pairing them with Fornarina’s () or Sparkle & Fade’s ().
As modern girls-on-the-go, you may want to incorporate bright red into your everyday wardrobe, which is why we love the outfit Emma Stone put together for her appearance on The Today Show last month. Her ensemble—a red sheath dress and peach pumps—has plenty of verve, but it is also smart and sophisticated. Accordingly, you could easily transition a similar look from the office to cocktail hour. So, if you want to create an equally chic look, make sure you check out Cynthia Steffe’s (5) and Calvin Klein’s (.97). A pair of Miss KG’s (7.91) will add a little spice.
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