Be well red in fall's hottest fashions
To “see red” conventionally means to become really angry. But this fall, sightings of scarlet signify blazer-friendly temperatures, foliage-rich road trips and pinot noir-fueled chats.
“Red is a really energetic color that brings to mind happy and bright attitudes,” says Dina Mackney, a Reston, Va.-based jewelry designer who's showing lots of ruddy gems — garnets, rubies — in her chunky bracelets and dramatic necklaces (sold at Neimanmarcus.com). And the regal color comes in so many shades (oxblood, Nancy Reagan-cerise, crimson) that nearly anyone can wear it. • Shades of berry, cherry and ruby empower fall's hottest dresses, jewelry and handbags. Check out a lace dress by Michael Kors ($2,895) and an asymmetrical-cut ruffled sheath dress by Lanvin ($1,435). Both from Neiman Marcus.
• When it comes to fall's ladylike dresses, skinny jeans and jewelry, you're better off in red. buy a Trina Turk polka-dot Georgette dress ($363, on sale for $218 at Trinaturk.com) or an Armani blazer ($1,395, Neiman Marcus), with a silk flower brooch ($25, from ProperTopper.com), and clay-colored high-rise Rag and Bone skinny jeans ($176, from Rag and Bone stores and www.rag-bone.com). Accessories include Dina Mackney Marquis bracelet ($488) and ruby and semi-precious gemstone rings ($250-$440).
• Scarlet goes downtown via Devi twill skinny jeans, with exposed zipper ($220) and classic Newbury booties in chili ($495, both from Rag and Bone stores and www.rag-bone.com), topped by a Diane von Furstenberg blouse ($225, Neiman Marcus).
• Max Mara's edgy jumpsuit ($995, Maxmara.com) plays well with a Tristan belt and spiked Louboutin platform stilettos ($1,395, Neiman Marcus).
• Warm up in the cold with a Max Mara jacket ($1,165, Maxmara.com) and fire-hydrant red Chanel sunglasses.
• For your fingernails: Classic red nail polishes include Revlon Valentine 730, Revlon Vixen 570, Sephora Curve-aceous 190, Sephora Pushing Your Luck 323 and Illamasqua Throb.
Holley Simmons is a writer for The Washington Post.