How To Wear & Style A Red Evening Dress

Remember the film Pretty Woman where Julia Roberts wore a super stunning red evening gown? Well, that was one classic film I’ll always remember. Forgive me if you were not born in my era and don’t know what I’m talking about. I think you should check out Pretty Woman if you’ve not seen the movie yet.

Pretty Woman Red Evening Dress

I was pretty young at that time but I’ll always remember that off-the-shoulder red evening dress. It’s that dress that create a long lasting impression on me 20 years on and counting. And if you’re looking to buy a red evening dress, then I think it’s one of the best choices you will ever make.

What does red means?

Red symbolizes passion, love, desire, strength, courage and danger. It’s a warm color that is sophisticated and attention-grabbing.

Can anyone wear red?

Yes, anyone can wear red. Red comes in different shades so it depends on your skin’s undertone which shades of red are suitable for you.

It also depends on a person’s personality. If you are bold or romantic, choose red as the color of your evening dress. If you’re looking for love and feeling sexy, red is the way to go too.

Which shades of red are suitable for my skin’s undertone?

First to determine your skin’s undertone, take this quiz:
What Is Your Skin’s Undertone?

If you have cool undertone: Cool undertone leans towards blue, magenta and purple. In another word, jewel-toned. You’ll look good in auburn, maroon or crimson.

If you have warm undertone: Warm undertone leans towards red, orange, yellow and brown. In another word, earthy. You’ll look good in ruby, scarlet or rust.

If you have neutral undertone, you can mostly wear any shades of red.

I bet all these shades and undertone discussion confuses or overwhelms you. Not sure what skin’s undertone you have? Not sure which red shades leans toward blue or orange? Here’s a tip, when in doubt, go for true ‘neutral’ red which doesn’t contain blue or orange based.

Bright red vs dark red.

If you’re a petite woman, go for bright red evening dresses to flatter your body. For plus size woman, opt for darker shades of red if you’re not looking to draw attention to your body. Darker shade can also make you look smaller.

Long or short.

Long is the formal length of evening dress. However short evening dresses can be seen nowadays too. To choose between long or short gown depends largely on what suits you, your personal taste, age and the formalities of the event.

How To Wear & Style A Red Evening Dress
Left: Splendid sweetheart long ruby evening dress
Right: Amazing sweetheart short ruby evening dress

Body shapes.

Find the best dress silhouette, necklines, waist, sleeves and train based on your body shapes here: apple body shaped, pear body shaped, banana body shaped, inverted triangle body shaped, hourglass body shaped.

Premium red evening dresses from Paris Ciel:

Inspiring baroque style high neck ruby evening dress
Inspiring baroque style high neck ruby evening dress

Pretty one shoulder ruby evening dress
Pretty one shoulder ruby evening dress

Charming V-neck ruby evening dress
Charming V-neck ruby evening dress

Amazing floral embroidered ruby evening dress
Amazing floral embroidered ruby evening dress

Red evening dresses under €200 from Paris Ciel:

Spectacular embroidered ruby evening dress
Spectacular embroidered ruby evening dress

Captivating Chinese-inspired ruby evening dress
Captivating Chinese-inspired ruby evening dress

Fantabulous bateau ruby tulle evening dress
Fantabulous bateau ruby tulle evening dress

Backless ruby evening dress
Backless ruby evening dress

Here’s a tip:
One of the best thing when you shop with us at Paris Ciel is you’re able to choose from 32 different colors when you have your evening dress tailor made. Our red is “Ruby” on colour chart. Many other colours like burgundy, watermelon or fuchsia are also in similar colour range. For example we have a customer made an order recently on this dress and choose “Burgundy” as her choice of colour.

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We use a very specific technique to dye the fabric/lace into customer requested colour (in this case burgundy) and choose matching beads/rhinestones (burgundy or universal colours like white/black/gold) and accessories to create the dress. This could only be handmade using traditional technique, not machines.

Here are two more real examples of completed dresses for our customers, originally in black and champagne respectively and were tailored made to red:

Splendid bateau black evening dress
This beauty is originally a black dress. Our customer choose ruby as her preferred color. More details here: Splendid bateau black evening dress.

Sweetheart champagne dress
This sweetheart champagne dress was made into a stunning burgundy dress. This dress is perfect for prom and also bridesmaid dress.

Top 5 ‘Editor’s Pick’ red evening dresses:

Subtle beading ruby evening dress
1. Subtle beading ruby evening dress.

Remarkable embroidered hollow out evening dress
2. Remarkable embroidered hollow out evening dress.

Chic off-the-shoulder ruby evening dress
3. Chic off-the-shoulder ruby evening dress.

Chic sweetheart ruby evening dress
4. Chic sweetheart ruby evening dress.

Artistic ruby evening dress
5. Artistic ruby evening dress.

Accessories for red evening dress.

You don’t need to accessorize much with a red dress. Keep your accessories minimum to make your red dress and you the center of attention. Red goes well with black, gold and silver. You can mix black and gold or black or silver accessories but not gold and silver as it will look tacky.

Black shoes on red gown although looks good together, can be too normal since it has been overdone by many. Instead opt for a nude shoes, silver or a red one that matches your red dress.

For your evening bag or clutch, choose silver, gold, black, nude or even a red bag to match with your red evening dress. For lipstick, you can go red or nude. Test both out to see which one you look best in with your red evening dress.

Get the most wear out of your red evening gown.

Have multiple re-wear to get the most of your red evening gown. The tip is to choose an elegant and stylish piece which can stand the test of time and various occasions no matter day or night.

If you’re feeling bored with your red gown after multiple re-wear, why not consider refashion the dress and make into something new? Check this post out for the fun ways to refashion formal dresses.

Are you looking for a special red evening dress? Look no further than at Paris Ciel. We have many red evening dresses waiting to be picked by you! :)


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