Roses are red …

14 Feb

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Red is often used to express love, as on Valentine’s Day, however it relates more to sexuality, lust and desire, rather than love – love is expressed with pink.

Red is the colour of fire and passion. It represents beauty in many languages and cultures. In China, red is associated with good luck and fortune. To the Hindu, red symbolises joy, life, energy and creativity. In Singapore is symbolises joy. Feng Shui recommends painting your front door red to invite prosperity to its residents. It increases enthusiasm, encourages action and confidence.

There are many shades of red. I hear people often saying “Oh I can’t wear red” or “Red is not my colour”. Red is everyone’s colour! There really is a red for everyone. The red family has so many variations from raspberry  to coral, so getting the undertone is crucial! Wearing the wrong shade of red will make you look tired and drawn. As a redhead, I never wore red for years as I thought it wouldn’t suit me but now know that wearing shades of watermelon or bittersweet will make me come alive! Wearing a fiery hue can affect everything from how people perceive you to how you perform at work.

Bill Blass once said “When in doubt wear red”.  You will feel confident and in control wearing red. Red will bring excitement to your day. Men really do prefer the lady in red. A recent study has found that men are more attracted to women wearing red compared to other colours because they believe they are less likely to be rejected. Psychologists behind the research claim the colour red carries subtle but powerful messages about how receptive a woman might be to romantic advances and so men find it more alluring. The findings might explain why women in red dresses have become such a provocative image in modern culture, inspiring Chris de Burgh’s 1986 love song The Lady in Red

Michelle Obama wowed us once again, by choosing  a Jason Wu design to appear in front of the nation in. This time around, she wore a deep crimson red organza tweed dress with an A-line silhouette as President Obama gave his State of the Union address this week. This is a lady who really knows how to dress to flatter her figure and her colouring!

susanstylesyou michelle

Why not try creating interesting looks with different tones of red? Try a tomato red with a hot fuchsia, pale red, like geranium with deep violet, coral with a light rosy red. It doesn’t have to be a block red either, red prints can be just as eye-catching or how about a cute red polka dot blouse? Experiment with jewellery. I love adding a pop of colour to my outfits with my Stella and Dot Olivia bib, featured above. The LK Bennet jersey dress is a gorgeous tailored desk to dinner dress. With a structured shape, it has a rounded neckline, long sleeves and falls to the knee. Nipping at the waist, it is gently ruched for a flattering fit. I love the Precis dress with its statement poppy print, its super chic with a simple line. Don’t forget to add something red and frilly beneath too! If you feel that a full on red dress would be a little too much for you, why not simply add some red accessories. Or perhaps try a classic red lip, or a vampy red nail polish. I love wearing Colour Me Beautiful‘s rich, warm Tomato lipstick which really suits my skin tone.

To conclude here is a bit of Interesting trivia – Bees cannot see the colour red, but they can see other bright colours. Red flowers are usually pollinated by birds, butterflies, bats and the wind!

Happy Valentine’s Day

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2 Responses to “Roses are red …”

  1. Must Have Boxes February 14, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Red is a must for Valentine’s Day.

    – KW
    http://musthaveboxes.com/

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