I wore a red dress the other day and it reminded me how much I love wearing red. It’s such a mood enhancer. And not just your own, it seems to lift those you spend time with too. (An elderly gentleman I sat next to on the 70 bus told me so!)
I have worn red to a few weddings over the years and seeing as one of my most asked question is ideas for wedding guest outfits, I thought I’d do a round up of my favourite red dresses. A few are formal enough for weddings, but all of them can be dressed down for every day.
I love wearing my red dresses with white trainers and a denim jacket for a casual look, tan or black sandals to ‘summer it up’ and I’d probably opt for a nude heeled sandal if I was looking to smarten up. A quick application of Body Blur (applied with a mitt) and you’re good to go.
I’ve tried to include something to suit all budgets, but (if red is your colour) this is a dress that you’ll wear year after year, so it’s worth considering an investment piece.
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This dress is new in at H&M and only available online. I love the smocking at the top and it’s 100% viscose.
The Austin dress from Topshop is a popular shape from last year that they have brought back in a few different fabrics. It has a lovely sleeve for those who like to cover the tops of their arms and two slits at the front (that I am sure you could sew up if you didn’t fancy flashing too much thigh) I really love the ditsy print too and it’s a great price at £39. It’s worth mentioning that it’s polyester. On the upside, it means it’s machine washable. We all know the downsides…
This is new in at Mango and I love it. It’s a 99% viscose fabric with a beautiful metallic thread running through it.
A classic red polka dot wrap dress, you just can’t go wrong with a dress like this. Pair with trainers for an easy every day look in Summer.
The perfect dress for a hot holiday, but easily smartened up with a blazer and heels for a smarter occasion. It’s a cotton viscose mix and goes in the machine. Just have your portable steamer to hand to smooth down the ruffles. (This is the ‘cheap & cheerful, but gets the job done’ one I have, £18.99 from Amazon but if you are looking to invest I have heard this Steamery one is very good. )
This is such a pretty dress and I am a huge fan of Sezane pieces. The quality of their collection is so good, I truly believe every piece I have bought has been worth it’s price tag.
If you are looking for something a bit different, Rhode is a brand to keep an eye on. I adore the sleeves on this dress and it’s made from the softest cotton gauze.
This is a show stopper of a red dress made from flowy chiffon and delicately appliqued with daisies. Add lace, ruffles, a v neck and puff sleeves and you have my perfect dress.
My final choice a beautiful red dress from Kate Spade. I love the sleeves and the bow on this dress. Another investment piece that you are sure to want to wear time and again. *Post update – I have just been alerted to this red dress which is VERY similar for £69.99*
Back soon with dresses for those who don’t fancy red.
Thanks for reading.
*The dress I am wearing on the cover image is from Zara last year*