Red is not just a primary color on the color wheel, it’s the color that quickens the pulse. We traditionally associate it with love and romance (e.g. red hearts for Valentines Day, roses for lovers) but red is the color of energy, passion and action. Some cultures consider red the luckiest color. Red evokes all sorts of emotions, and it always makes a fashion statement.
Pure red from head to toe much just be a bit too much! You want hearts to race, not to overload! So wear red in a dress, a blouse, or with these accessory items, and pick at least one RED item to pair with white & blue for a patriotic July 4th!
I’ve selected 8 sensational red accessories that are easy to wear, and easy on your budget. They are also great for travel, should you find yourself heading to a destination wedding, or a romantic Summer vacation. Which of these will soon be yours, Lady In Red?
I’ve never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight,
I’ve never seen you shine so bright,
I’ve never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance,
They’re looking for a little romance, given half a chance,
And I have never seen that dress you’re wearing,
Or the highlights in your hair that catch your eyes,
I have been blind;
The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek,
There’s nobody here, it’s just you and me,
It’s where I want to be,
But I hardly know this beauty by my side,
I’ll never forget the way you look tonight.
The Bandera Necklace ($78.00) from Isabelle Grace is deceptively simple. A graceful curve of polished pressed Czech glass beads in a flag (I’d call it a triangle) shape are in a rounded arch to grace the base of your throat, or to fill in a lower neckline. The lightweight chain has a nice lobster claw clasp, and the holes in the round links are large enough that you could even bypass the extender portion of the chain, and shorten it all the way up or down the length of it. It straddles the line between delicate and statement, not insignificant in size, but absolutely layer-able with other necklaces you own, or with other Bandera necklaces from Isabelle Grace (try red white and blue for July 4th)! It’s one of those simple, adjustable chokers that you’ll reach for over and over again. It comes in other colors (see below) but the orange-y red is perfect to add a pop of color to Summer Whites, or to liven up a basic black outfit. Isabelle Grace jewelry is handmade so it’s created when your order is placed. Amazing but it’s truly yours alone. Visit The Isabelle Grace Web Site to Order Yours.
For a dress up date night or as a guest at a Summer Wedding, check out the Mae Necklace ($49.00) from Stella and Dot. Five large red ovals of epoxy in a red bording on hot pink glitter in semi-circles of glass stones. crystals. The necklace is 19″ long with 3″ extender to wear as a choker, or to fill in a lower neckline. The chain is substantial with a lobster claw clasp to adjust the length. This necklace is going to work well with everything from white jeans to a cocktail dress. Consider it as an investment piece that you can take on your travels without fear of losing your fine jewelry on the trip, and wear it even to the beach (go ahead, we dare you)! For more information visit stelladotcom.
What Time is it? You’ll never have to wonder with this super-cute, super affordable red watch ringed with bling, from AMI Clubwear. The Red Chevron Print Rhinestone Jelly-Band Watch ($16.99) has a fully adjustable band that is comfortable to wear, even when it’s hot outside. If you want an inexpensive watch to wear when you travel or to the beach, this one is perfect. It is glitzy enough to wear in a pinch to that destination wedding (leave your expensive watch at home) but if it unfortunately was lost or stolen, it wouldn’t be a big expense to replace it. Speaking of which, while I wouldn’t normally want to risk scratching my pricey watches by wearing them with bracelets, this affordable fashion watch makes it fun to pile on the bracelets so when someone asks What Time is It? you really can show off personal style.
These Aurora Earrings ($68.00) from Isabelle Grace feature bright red, glittering Swarovski Crystals. These are elegant, fancy dangle earrings, but the the large, filigree beads hang subtly close (1.5 inch) to their lever back ear wires (these are great for people with pierced ears who lose earrings with posts popping off –lever backs clip closed for security). While you can get these in a variety of colors (see below) it’s the red pair I wanted to share with you. These remind me of the type of jewelry you would see on beautiful women in Renaissance portraits. For modern women, they make a romantic statement that you can dress up for that special occasion, pop into a jewelry roll for a destination wedding, or just wear with a sun dress –easy to wear and they wont’ cost a Queens’ ransom. Isabelle Grace Jewelry is hand made when you order, Visit The Isabelle Grace Web Site to Order Yours.
Want a wedge? Sure you DO! This Another Aerosoles sandal I like in red, to complete your outfit, is Aerosoles Bogaboo ($69.00). This wedge sandal looks really comfy to walk in, and gives you some additional height (for those wide-legged pants that are way too long without heels) or when you just want a sandal that will work with everything and won’t compete with your other accessories. This sandal has a 2¼” wedge, velcro strap closure and HEELREST Technology, plus the flexible sole with diamond pattern (in all Aerosoles). The Heel Rest Design is a patent pending technology found only in Aerosoles that distributes your body weight toward your heel, and away from the ball of your foot. As with the At Heart sandal above, a Memory Foam Insole and Sueded Sock & Lining makes these easy to walk and stand in for hours. This is a perfect packable if you’re going to be a destination wedding guest and can only bring a few things…wear it to the reception and dance all night, play all day in these, too! For more information on Aerosoles, visit their web site.
Every woman needs a great tote, and one that I really love because it straddles the line between tote, and handbag, is the Lands End Edgewater Convertible Tote $78.00 . This richly colored nylon twill tote has a man-made pleather trim, which keeps it lightweight and even beach-worthy (you can sponge clean this any time you want thanks to the TPE backing that makes the fabric water resistant). one of the things I feel is a must have in any tote is a zipper closure, to keep what’s inside, safe and private, and this one has it. Metal feet at the four corners protect the bottom of the bag should it find itself on the floor. And while this is so roomy you can stuff it like a tote, it doesn’t look like a beach bag or a basic travel tote. An unlined interior zipped drop pocket is the perfect place for keys, lipstick and anything small. Monogram it and make it elegant for a few dollars more, take this to a business meeting, and then stuff it for travel or the gym, shopping, yard sale…wherever life takes you, there will be room for you to bring what you want and what you find! This travel friendly convertible tote can be slung on your shoulder or cross body, or held by the handles. Approximate dimensions: 11 3/4” long at the bottom, 21 1/4″ long at the top, 7 1/4” deep, and 12 3/8” tall. Of course this comes in other colors, but we’re talking red as a statement here, and it totally works! for more information visit the Lands End Web Site
Red flowers are so romantic! If you’re in the mood for love, or going to a music festival, or maybe even a bride to be looking for something lovely for your attendants, try this Hydrangea Flower Crown ($19.50) from The Icing. An elasticized back makes it one size fits most. Play the flower child but not too sweetly, with RED!