The Style Stories: The Red Dress
Dress: New Look (sold out, but similar here)
A red dress is a bit of a style statement - there's no hiding in fiery scarlet! Suffice to say, red isn't usually the colour I'd opt for on a daily basis; there's some pieces in my wardrobe but as a general rule, I prefer to go for monochrome or pastel shades over brighter, bolder colours. But something about this little red number really grabbed me, and as soon as I had a little twirl in the changing room mirror, I was absolutely sold.
Mixing shameless scarlet with a deep neckline and a daring split isn't generally a recipe for daytime dressing over here, but the long sleeves and midi length take what is flirtatious on paper, and turn it into something that can be dressed up or down easily for day or night-time dressing. Whenever somebody says something like that, I'm never sure whether to believe them - can a boho midi be glamorous enough for evening, or do the audacious aspects of such a dress make it inappropriate for daytime?
I put this to the test a few weekends ago, deciding to wear it for both brunch with my best friend Kirsty, and to a family birthday dinner too. Pictured is my daytime look - the dress paired with black ghillie flats (also from New Look, but last summer), and a small black leather shoulder bag. We went for brunch and a stroll around Edinburgh, and this dress certainly proved to be a bit of a headturner - but in that way where you suddenly start believing you're Cara and gradually begin strutting everywhere and tossing your hair about... I digress. It felt GOOD to wear something so attention-grabbing - I felt fabulous!
And for evening, the outfit only needed a couple of tweaks to make it feel glam enough for a night out. I decided my outfit inspo was somewhere inbetween Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall, and went full 70s glam, with white leather wooden-heeled shoes (these from Zara! All the heart-eyes) and a leopard-print clutch. The best bit about this dress is that it's such a statement, hair and makeup can be a little more low-key to avoid looking too 'done'. I like to subscribe to the Kate Moss School of Dressing Up - great dress, great makeup, slightly dishevelled (read: not bothered with) hair. A winner every time.
Sadly I have nothing but a selfie from this portion of the evening, but seriously - I felt great. It's totally changed my thoughts on wearing a bolder, brighter colour, when the mood strikes. I don't always feel in the zone to bust out a headturner like this, but now I know how fabulous it feels, I might be more inclined to fill my wardrobe with a few more pieces like this.
How do you feel in bright colours? What do you think of this red dress?