How To Style: Red Floral Dress for Winter

Dress* Poppy Lux / Jacket ASOS / Scarf Primark / Shoes Office (similar here) / Sunglasses* RayBan from Pretavoir / Bag* Lacambra
The Chinese considers a true red to symbolise good fortune and joy. Whilst I love red accessories to style up plain outfits, I’ve never been one to favour red as colour of clothing to wear because I find that it clashes with my yellow skin tone and dark hair which can give an unwanted dramatic look. I change my mind a lot about this but one thing’s for certain, I find it quite an intense and stressful, it reminds me of blood! Having said that, I think most of us romanticise about the red dress as something we would all love to effortlessly pull off (I’ll have a pair of super long legs to go with that, please!) There’s just something very romantic, glamorous and “Hollywood” about it. (The dress, not the legs!) I do have a few rosy-shades in my wardrobe; a bright red tea dress, a coral jumper, a couple of cherry red handbags (which I adore!), and a burgundy wooly hat but on a whole, red is not my usual go-to colour when it comes to clothing. 
Like I said, I go back and forth but after admiring how awesome this red floral dress looks on the brunette model, I’m simply going to have to try and make it work for me, I thought to myself. Firstly, I’ve toned down my make up to offset the dramatic combination of red and black. I normally wear a bright lipstick but I opted for a sheer pink lip colour. I still feel a bit insecure wearing this floral dress on it’s own but only because of the colour. I just need to pluck the confidence from somewhere, shut up about it and get over it! The dress itself is really nice – and it’s now in the SALE. I prefer to wear this during winter because perhaps in the Summer, it will be too strong of a colour to wear – but in Winter, I can pair it up with a black cardi, or in this case here, my favourite leather jacket. I’ve got a couple more leather jackets but this one from ASOS is my fave! It isn’t too bulky and it’s just the right length too. I love the three quarter length sleeves but I am looking to buy a long sleeved one. Currently, the search is not going well but that might be due to the fact that I’m lacking in funds! I am on a serious spending ban after splashing out over Christmas! So much for sticking to a budget! 
I’d love to know what you think about this look, and what you think about wearing red dresses and how you’d normally style them? Do you find it easy to wear or does it take a bit more effort to style?
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37 Comments

  1. 12th January 2014 / 3:24 pm

    I think the colour looks incredible with your skin tone! Red is my favourite colour because it's so bright and intense and it draws people's eyes towards you if you're wearing it, probably why i love red lipstick so much! 🙂

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    Sade xo

  2. Anonymous
    12th January 2014 / 3:45 pm

    I love the dress! So pretty 🙂 xx

  3. 12th January 2014 / 4:00 pm

    That dress is lovely, you always look so wonderful Sarah! x

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  4. 12th January 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Such a gorgeous outfit. I love the dress and the whole look of the outfit. Such a pretty thing <3
    Stephanie

  5. 12th January 2014 / 4:54 pm

    I don't have a red dress in my wardrobe, not much red at all! The colour and print looks gorgeous on you! X

  6. 12th January 2014 / 5:22 pm

    So gorgeous, i'm absolutely obsessed with your bag, its sosos gorgeous!

  7. 12th January 2014 / 5:38 pm

    Love your outfit posts lady x

  8. 12th January 2014 / 5:51 pm

    GORGEOUS. You really suit red! I never ever wear it but I quite like it on other people xx

  9. 12th January 2014 / 6:50 pm

    I think this outfit really suits you and the red looks lovely! Gorgeous scarf!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

  10. 12th January 2014 / 7:23 pm

    love this look hun! this deep red really suits you 🙂 x

  11. 12th January 2014 / 9:46 pm

    Love it! Great bag.

  12. 12th January 2014 / 10:13 pm

    This look is so pretty! It're really nice to see a bit of colour breaking the usual dark colours we were during the winter time :3
    Take care, have a nice day!*

  13. 12th January 2014 / 10:25 pm

    SUPER LOVE THE OUTFIT 🙂
    love reading your blog, It's very refreshing and genuine and I really appreciate that 🙂
    anyway, would you like to follow each other?

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  14. 12th January 2014 / 11:28 pm

    I think this colour looks lovely on you Sarah! It's such a pretty print.

    Tara xo

  15. 13th January 2014 / 9:53 am

    I love florals and I adore red so I definitely love this look.

  16. 13th January 2014 / 1:05 pm

    This looks gorgeous on you, red really suits you! I am a massive fan of red dresses, I wear them all the time 🙂

    Maria xxx

  17. 13th January 2014 / 1:21 pm

    I love the way you've styled this. Red really suits you, so please don't worry! I feel the same about yellow sometimes, but then feeling amazing when I wear it.

    Sarah Betty xx
    http://sarahbetty.co.uk

  18. Anonymous
    13th January 2014 / 7:11 pm

    Jacket's great…. can't live without my leather jacket!

  19. 14th January 2014 / 1:25 pm

    I'm into your dress and your bag. Love it!

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  20. 14th January 2014 / 5:55 pm

    You look beautiful Sarah, and despite your reservations I think this particular red dress suits you so well. I'd have done the same as you and gone straight for the black tights and a black cardigan (or jacket!). I think it's maybe more of a confidence thing – red is such a bold colour that it is going to draw attention to you, and that's something that I know makes me feel uncomfortable. I think you could definitely pull off this dress without the layers though – I'd love to see it if you do 🙂 xxx

  21. 14th January 2014 / 10:31 pm

    I love this dress on you! So pretty, and looks great with the leather jacket 🙂

    Helen at Hels Yeah! xx

  22. 15th January 2014 / 8:41 am

    I think you look awesome, as ever. Your styling of red has totally made the dress work for you. I feel a bit the same about the whole red spectrum- I have a bit of an irrational hatred of orange, but most reds/pinks I don't think suit me all that well, and then I wonder if it's just because I'm so used to wearing black, grey and green.

    Nice styling, I think you always look awesome.

  23. Anonymous
    16th January 2014 / 3:28 pm

    Hi, Sarah! Let me tell you that this red dress looks amazing on you (and yes, those legs help a lot 😉 ). I also find red clothes intimidating, but people around be say that true red suits me as a colour. I also have a lightly yellowish undertone like you, but I'm dark blonde.
    Love how you'd styled the dress. I would go for a darker shade of grey on the scarf though, and flower-less.
    Greetings.
    http://www.niceandcleanlondon.co.uk

  24. 19th January 2014 / 8:12 pm

    This is a gorgeous look. The dress really suits you, I think it goes with your hair amazingly well!

    Debs x

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