Actress Nina Dobrev pairs a sleek red dress with gold accessories.

How to Rock a Red Dress

by Sara Cantu

Right alongside its black counterpart, a red dress is the perfect outfit to keep stashed in your closet for a rainy day. With incredible style capabilities that make it appropriate for a wide variety of different occasions, a red frock is one of the chicest garments a woman can own. Whether it's a romantic dinner or a fun night out with the girls, a red dress packs a major style punch and can be used to create a wide variety of polished and sexy looks.

Black Accents

Choose a silhouette that flatters your figure and highlights your best assets; then, pick appropriate accent pieces. Black is a stylish choice for dressing up a red dress. A pair of black patent-leather heels and a black clutch are a great combination for a look that's trendy but classic at once. Pair with a skinny black belt for an extra dose of pizazz.


Gold is a wonderful pairing for a red frock, so accessorize with a chunky-gold necklace for a pairing that's perfectly on trend. Up the ante by adding gold high heels and a matching clutch for a sophisticated and cohesive look that will take you from the office to dinner in a flash. If you're not a fan of gold, try silver or pewter strappy sandals and jewelry for another equally chic way to rock the metallic look.


A monochromatic look is often spotted on celebrities, so stock up on red accessories for a style that's perfectly on point. Whether it's a pair of bright red pumps, a swipe of red lipstick or a red clutch, going full-fledged red is a fabulous way to make a fashion statement without putting too much effort into your accent pieces. While you may be hesitant to rock so many red accessories at once, you'll find that accomplishing this cool look is quite simple and stylish.


The quickest way to class up a red dress is to pair it with sophisticated neutral accessories that will prove appropriate for a wide range of events. Definitely the most conservative of pairings, heels and handbags in beige and camel fit together perfectly with a bold hue like red. A pair of simple peep-toe pumps in a shade similar to your skin tone will make your legs look miles long, all while complementing the vivid color of your little red dress.

About the Author

Sara Cantu has been writing fashion and lifestyle articles since 2009. As a fashion stylist, writer and blogger, she has been published in “Lady Couture” magazine and “RGV” magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of Texas - Pan American.

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