What to Wear with a Red Cocktail Dress

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We all know this: everyone should invest in a black cocktail dress. But more than ever we have the option to choose from a variety of colors keeping the shape of 'the perfect' cocktail dress. The follow up question then it's what type of shoes and accessories do you wear and what color would you choose as your cocktail dress?

1. Red cocktail dress: wear nude shoes. keep your accessories simple.

You have a wide variety in terms of look: from a red strapless cocktail dress to a red cocktail dress with sleeves if you want to cover your arms because you feel you have flappy arms. Because red cocktail dresses are a bold statement by themselves I would suggest to keep the accessories neutral. Nude pumps and small earrings are perfect for a clean look 'not-over-the-top.' If your personality is bold and you want to make a statement you can pair the cocktail dress with turquoise jewelry and shoes. I always think about Cameron Diaz when I talk about turquoise accessories for a red cocktail dress. If you have the money to invest in a red dress The OutNet or Net-A-Porter might be a good choice to look for your perfect red dress. If you want a cheap cocktail dress go to Forever21. You will be surprised but the store is full of surprises even if you are way over 21 years old. Trust me!  

1. Max Mara // 2. Valentino // 3. Tara Jarmon // 4. Forever21 //

1. Christian Louboutin // 2. Coach // 3. Rupert Sanderson // 4. Nine West //

Carolina Herrea Red Cocktail Dress with Gold Shoes on Vogue.com

2. Nude cocktail dress with gold or nude pumps. 

With a nude color dress you have more options for your shoes and your accessories. For a summer look and a great tan you can accessorize the dress with gold earrings or bracelets and golden sandals. If you want to keep it minimal and classy just wear nude pumps, a chignon and small accessories (small pearls for earrings). Again adjust to your taste and personality. If you are trendy like Cameron Diaz and you like to play with colors wear aqua, hot pink, or red pumps or sandals.

1. Oscar de la renta (shoes on sales); 2. Tom Ford; 3. YSL