Accessories and Makeup for a Red Dress

Q. I am attending a Military ball in about two weeks. I have found a gorgeous red satin dress. It has a low V neck, and a low back, fitted through the bodice, then A-lines down to my ankles. This is the second formal affair I have attended in fourteen years…. so I am kind of out of the loop when it comes to evening etiquette. I have no idea what color shoes I can wear, what jewelry would look good with it, makeup??? Should I steer clear of red lipstick? I’d like to do a smoky/evening eye…. would that look OK? I have auburn hair and brown eyes. I do live in HI, so I do have a summer tan. Any advice would be of great help. I am 32, but I don’t want to look like a young hooker or teen.

-Red Bliss

A. You won’t look like a hooker or teen, the dress sounds just right for the event.  I’m always happy when people choose color instead of black.  Choose gold metallic strappy heels or something strappy with jewels or crystals – you can choose black satin if it has something added to it.  As for jewelry, go for the earrings as your emphasis—colored beads or cubic zirconia or faux diamonds. They don’t have to be big or dangly—just elegant. I like the idea of a soft, smoky eye, just keep the rest of the makeup natural. And if you choose a red lipstick (I’d suggest a gloss or a lip stain + gloss), make sure it works looks good with your skin tone, not the dress.

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  1. Between Gold and Silver
    Oct 25, 2006 @ 00:39:43

    Love your website! I recently purchased a Nicole Miller cocktail dress in ruby red (link provided below) for an upcoming wedding and a cocktail party. Since I have natural blond hair with lots of highlights and yellow undertones in my skin, I thought it would be nice to accent this dress with gold accessories, but I am having some trouble finding gold earrings and shoes. Since I’ve had trouble finding golds, I have been looking into other colors and found a some gray satin shoes (link provided below). Would gray shoes work and what earrings would go with them? Or should I go for the gold?

    DRESS:
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2893992/0~2376776~2374327~2374331~6001765~6001766?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=6001766&P=1

    SHOES:
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2905734/0~2376778~2372808~2376689~2377052?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=2377052&P=1

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  2. Erika
    Jul 18, 2007 @ 16:11:00

    I have an upcoming wedding that’s at 10 am and I’m thinking of wearing this cotton knee length red dress with straps and a straight cut front and back. What kind and color shoes should I wear? I’m having doubts also about jewelry, makeup and purse since its during the day but still kind of formal. Also, I’ve been reading that it’s not right to wear red to a wedding as it distracts attention from the bride and groom, is this correct? Should I look for another color dress?

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  3. kaitlyn
    Oct 07, 2007 @ 22:15:38

    I just got a ruby red dress for homecoming. I am having a really hard time finding shoes to go wih it. I thought about leopard but I don’t want to look like a skank.

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  4. Anonymous
    Nov 21, 2007 @ 22:35:48

    Silver metallic shoes would be perfect.

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  5. Catherine
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 17:26:08

    I am getting married in July and the bridesmaid dresses are a true red. I am wondering what colour shoes they should wear. They will be holding white flowers and the groomsmen are wearing black suits with white shirts/black ties. Then I am debating what colour the chain for the jewellery should be also, depending on the shoes.

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  6. Catherine
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 17:26:53

    I am getting married in July and the bridesmaid dresses are a true red. I am wondering what colour shoes they should wear. They will be holding white flowers and the groomsmen are wearing black suits with white shirts/black ties. Then I am debating what colour the chain for the jewellery should be also, depending on the shoes.

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  7. Andrew Pelt
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 05:04:18

    Good post mate!! Keep ‘em flowing!

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