It is the month of love and whether or not you “love it” the popular color of the season is definitely RED. Red oozes with sensuality and feistiness when worn by women. That is why the coveted “perfect red lips” look has always been such a staple in the magazines and those ruby red slippers of Dorothy will never fade in our memories. There is something about the color red that makes people evoke fiery emotions and fiducia in se stesso (self-confidence), as one would say.
So what does this mean in your work place pieces?
Red can actually become the best friend of your corporate garbs. If you are a serial corporate fashionista, you must already have all of the necessary essentials in monochrome (usually from black to white ranges) so that it can easily be mixed and matched. But if you want to be a little adventurous, it is definitely time for you to add a little pop of color here and there to refresh your daily ensemble, and for this month — TRY RED.
Here are some examples that you can add “red” to your wardrobe.
MONOCHROME TOPS, BOTTOMS AND OUTERWEAR
There are some notions that when one says “monochrome” it means the shades of Casablanca movie. It is actually not true. The term “monochrome” just actually mean 1 COLOR. So one way to try on red would be to wear a solid red top. It can be button down or something conservative. It is up to you. Just make sure that the office is still a NO CLEAVAGE ZONE.
PHOTO FROM: SOPHIE THEALLET RESORT 2012
Red bottoms can still be a little corporate, just make sure that they are slacks and reaches until the ankles! Also, they should not (or never be!) ripped or you will look like you are going to a rock concert that no one knew about in the office. Make sure that the lines are clean and the crease is amazingly neat!
PHOTO FROM: REEK KRAKOFF RESORT 2012
Nothing shocks anyone than a nice bright red outerwear. To achieve maximum visual “pop”, wear something dark underneath or white.
PHOTO FROM: 3.1 PHILLIP LIM RESORT 2012
BELTS, BAGS AND OF COURSE — SHOES!
Never, EVER! Underestimate the power of a red belt. If partnered with a lighter counterpart, this can actually sexify your look without the black! (This means that it is an awesome alternative to that mysterious color.) Wear big belts if you need more tummy support and skinny type belts for those who just need to show where their waists are.
PHOTO FROM: SONIA RYKIEL RESORT 2012
PHOTO FROM: CARLOS MIELE RESORT 2012
When it comes to bags, nothing says FIERCE FASHIONISTA than a small, sophisticated and hard structured RED BAG. Whether or not it is a sling or just a clutch, having one around your usual plain outfit will amplify its audacia!
PHOTO FROM: THEYSKENS THEORY RESORT 2012
Last but not the least, are of course, ANY WOMAN’S arma segreta — the red shoes! Many would say that the black pumps are the timeless, well her sister, the red one, causes the stir from that time frame. Wear amazing red shoes that would pop in your corporate attire. Not only will this give you height, but it will definitely add a zest to your ensemble.