Lady in Red

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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H&M – £24.99

This dress is new in at H&M and only available online. I love the smocking at the top and it’s 100% viscose.

Topshop – £39

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…

Mango – £59.99

This is new in at Mango and I love it. It’s a 99% viscose fabric with a beautiful metallic thread running through it.

& Other Stories – £75

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.

& Other Stories – £79

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. )

Sezane – £130

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.

Rhode – £280

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.

Self Portrait – £320

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.

Self Portrait – £320
Kate Spade – £295

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*

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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*

2 comments so far.

2 responses to “Lady in Red”

  1. Danish Pastry says:

    Oooh! I love a pop of red! It’s ages since I’ve owned a red dress though, maybe 2019 is the year to bring one back into my wardrobe. You look lovely (as alaways) in yours, and you’re so right about being able to dress (pun intended) them up or down!

  2. Katie bolton says:

    Any recommendations for a great denim jacket? I have one but it’s a bit too short. Thanks so much.

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Chloe Samwell-Smith

Chloe Samwell-Smith

I am a fashion loving mum of three, blogging about my love for clothes, interiors, children's fashion, fitness, beauty and travel. I live in London with my husband, three children (Liv, Milla and Charlie) and our siamese cat called Sammy.

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