Red is festive, vibrant, and strong. To make a bold entrance (without looking like you’re trying) at holiday parties this season, chose ONE shade of red and be confident wearing it!

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For the work or casual holiday party, wear a red top in a shade that complements your skin tone and black or white trousers that have clean vertical lines. If you’re feeling especially brave, try CL’s spiked Pigalle pumps! Add some hardware with bangles or cuffs and finish off with a simple red (or black) handbag.

Alice + Olivia Peplum Top
Christopher Kane Lattice Blouse (matching skirt)
Zara Faux Leather Cuff Blouse
Burberry London Cashmere Sweater (another top option: here)
Emilio Pucci Wool Pants
Ted Baker Tailored Crepe Trouser
Victoria Beckham Mini Tote
Christian Loutoutin Pigalle Spikes Pump
Tiffany & Co. Gold Criss Cross Cuff


Tartan and checkered patterns have been trending for a while now, so why not bring them back in red for the holidays? The key to plaids and layered lines is proportion. Be sure to choose prints that aren’t overwhelming for your stature. If tartan is not for you, try bold red stripes or splashes of red. Anchor red with a dark neutral like black.  Wear with a plain turtleneck or crew neck sweater and elongate legs with opaque black tights. Bring more light to your face with a fabulous pair of sparkling earrings. Finish off with red (or black) pumps and a matching clutch or small handbag.

Chloé Silk-Cotton Turtleneck Sweater
Tory Burch Florence Sweater
Alexander McQueen Tartan Wool Skirt
Fausto Puglisi Tartan Skirt
Burberry Duchess Pencil Skirt
(Other skirt options: here and here)
Uniqlo Heattech Tights
Michela Bruni Reichlin Phoenix Earrings
Ruper Sanderson Elba Suede Pumps (Similar here and here)
Diane von Furstenburg Flirty Minaudière (Similar here)


For the holiday dinner party, try a structured red dress that is tailored to you. Because red is such a commanding hue, be sure you are wearing IT and not vice versa. Tailor, tailor, tailor! Not this Taylor or that Taylor. Keep the look clean and simple with nude/mesh heels or classic black pumps. Finish off with one eye-catching  small red clutch.

Oscar de la Renta Ruby Dress
Roland Mouret Myrtha Dress
Bottega Veneta Sleeveless Dress (other dress options: here, here and here)
Christian Louboutin Glitter Pumps
Prada Round-toe Suede Pumps
Barney’s New York Elan Clutch
Verdura Kensington Cuff

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  • Diane December 20, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I have so enjoyed your focus on one color as a neutral for the fall season and now you have moved into festive RED! I have an wonderful old tartan skirt that I plan to pull out for Christmas Dinner and will wear it with a new black cashmere sweater. Thanks for the reminder.
    Too bad I can’t afford those fabulous Michela Bruni Reichlin “Phoenix” earrings! But I have my mother in law’s wonderful diamond and ruby (small) earrings to wear that will be perfect and full of memories. That is the great thing about jewelry. We don’t just buy jewelry for ourselves. After all many of us buy these adornments to pass on to future generations who will always think of us when they wear them.