Red Revamped for V-Day

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Red Revamped for V-Day
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Since red is often the color associated with passion, it’s no surprise that Valentine’s Day is the day when this vibrant hue takes center stage. Whether you want to wear a touch of crimson or red from head-to-toe, we’ve got the best ways to wear the color of love this Valentine’s Day straight from the red carpet.

Retro Red
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Retro Red

Polka dots are the perfect way to transform an ordinary red blouse into something chic and retro. Take style notes from actress Olivia Wilde who pairs a structured red blouse with an A-line polka-dot skirt in this feminine ensemble. She completes the sophisticated look with a pair of black tights, Mary Jane heels, and a simple updo. Vary the decibel of your dots to make the look your own. Note: smaller dots are more traditional and larger, and structured dots are considered more fashion-forward.

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Classic Red Lip
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Classic Red Lip

A classic red lip, like the one seen on model Miranda Kerr, is an easy way to add a touch of Valentine’s Day spirit to your ensemble. To keep the focus on your beautiful lips, tone down the rest of your makeup. If you want to amp up the drama, take a page out of Miranda’s beauty look-book and pair your pout with soft, voluminous curls.

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Rogue Rouge
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Rogue Rouge

Gain style inspiration from actress Lucia Ramos who wore a vibrant red dress with a black leather jacket at the XP3D premiere in Madrid for a bold, edgy ensemble. Pull off a similar look by pairing a red dress -- or red blouse and skinny jeans combo -- with a cropped black leather jacket or blazer. If you’re feeling particularly daring, take a note from Lucia and complete the look with red lips that match the hue of your ensemble.

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Bold Beanie
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Bold Beanie

For a festive and functional ensemble, accessorize with a red beanie like the studded one singer Leona Lewis wore to a fundraiser at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary. Given the red hot appeal of this hat, the rest of your outfit should be more simple. Wear a simple belted coat for cool weather, or a cropped sweater and skinny jeans for warmer temperatures.

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Vibrant Trousers
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Vibrant Trousers

Be bold and don a pair of red trousers like the pair singer-songwriter Missy Higgins wore to the 2011 ARIA Awards. She completes the sophisticated look by pairing her impeccably tailored trousers with a feminine lace blouse.

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Red Clutch
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Red Clutch

Add a touch of red to your outfit with a faux animal-skin clutch. Gain accessory inspiration from the clutch actress Jennifer Love Hewitt carried at the Hollywood Reporter’s Annual “Power 100: Women in Entertainment Breakfast.” When pulling an outfit together around a similar clutch, wear an LBD for a more formal affair, or skinny jeans with a blouse for a more casual look. Follow Hewitt’s example and pair your clutch with polished red nails for a date-ready Valentine’s Day ensemble.

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LRD (Little Red Dress)
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LRD (Little Red Dress)

Forgo a classic LBD for a vibrant LRD. Take style notes from singer Faith Hill who rocked an LRD with a 1920’s inspired necktie at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards. To keep the focus on this show-stopping dress, wear neutral toned heels and simple accessories to highlight its wow-factor.

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Red-band
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Red-band

To add a splash of red to your V-day ensemble don a wine-red headband like the one model Tali Lennox wore at the Tommy Hilfiger Flagship Store Launch. To pull off a similar headband, style your tresses in relaxed waves for an easy and relaxed look like Tali, or pull your hair back into a sleek ponytail for a more sophisticated look.

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Red + Animal Print
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Red + Animal Print

Tinsley Mortimer demonstrates the classic pairing of red and animal print at the world premiere of “War Horse.” Mortimer puts a twist on the pairing by accessorizing with gold jewelry and deep purple heels. Access your inner animal instincts and pair a print with a red dress, skirt or blouse to take a walk on the wild side this Valentine’s Day.

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Hue of the Shoe
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Hue of the Shoe

You can’t go wrong with a pair of classic red, patent leather heels. Actress Jennifer Gimenez wore this red hot pair to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s “An Evening.” Dress them up with a LBD for a more formal Valentine’s Day affair, or dress them down with skinny jeans and a cute blouse for a more casual look.

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