Saturday, October 27, 2007

Lady in Red: Fall 2007 Jewel-Toned Cocktail Dresses


Glam Gal Jaclyn wanted advice on red cocktail party dresses for holiday parties this year. Here are things things to consider:

Bright "orangey" reds are not in this fall so avoid the few that you may run across. Valentino red is always in, but I would suggest picking one of the red dresses in this autumn's fabulous jewel tones. Colors ranging from Merlot to Ruby, Wine to Garnet, you can't go wrong with these — they look great on most skin tones and hair colors.

You will see some chiffon and crepe out there, but I would say stay away from them this season — those materials lend themselves better to summer and bridesmaids' dresses, and can easily look dowdier and cheaper. This winter satin and taffeta, either in silk or poly-silk blends, are your best options, as well as silk charmeuse. The great thing about these fabrics is their shine and shimmer, and often can give you a multi-tonal effect.

You have many to choose from and it's really up to your own choice. Just make sure the dress hits you either right at the knee or even better, right above — anything lower than knee-length in cocktail dresses can make you look matronly and short.

Sean Collection
$226 Nordstromicon
Anne Klein
$180 Nordstromicon
Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique
$148 Nordstromicon

JS Boutique
$128 Nordstromicon

One final note:
When wearing red, your lipstick is of tantamount importance. Take your dress with you to the makeup counter, and either find a matching or complementary shade. When your reds compete, you lose.

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