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Seeing Red

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All I’m seeing lately in magazines, on the red carpet, on the street and on Instagram is the color RED. Red is always stylish, but this season it’s all the rage.

Women tell me all the time that they can’t wear red. They say they don’t look good in red; it’s too bold; they don’t want to draw attention to themselves…  Are they right? NO! I believe red is flattering on everyone. So what’s the secret to wearing red?

The secret is wearing the right SHADE of red.

Red comes in so many different shades from cherry red, to coral, to rose and burgundy. So how do you determine which shades look best on you? It can be as simple as asking friends and family or noticing when you receive compliments while wearing red. Or if you want to look a little deeper, know what your skin’s under and surface tones are. Find out if you have warm, cool or neutral undertones. Here are two helpful articles that explain how to determine what colors look best on you – here and here.  But if you really want to get it right, have a color analysis done by a professional. It is money well spent. Wearing colors that are complimentary on you can be the difference between looking tired and drawn and looking vibrant and refreshed.

For instance I don’t look good in a blue red or burgundy, but an orange or warm red is perfect for me. If I want to wear a blue red or burgundy I won’t wear it near my face, but in my accessories.

Anyone can work red into their wardrobe. If you are hesitant, try wearing a red shoe or bootie, or carry a red clutch, or maybe a red scarf, or how about a bright red nail polish? And nothing is more chic than donning a red lipstick. I think one reason people shy away from wearing red lipstick is they are wearing the wrong shade for their coloring.

Nothing lifts your mood or lights up your face more than putting on the right shade of red lipstick.

If you are comfortable with wearing red and know your perfect shade, wear it from head to toe. It is a stunning look.

I’ve heard women say they feel better when they wear red, and I know there is something to this. When I feel tired and need a little lift I reach for some red. It’s invigorating. The power of red cannot be overstated. Are you seeing RED yet?


  • Mamavalveeta03 October 4, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Cherie, you exemplify the best of American style! I adore red and have always found it a very flattering and attention grabbing color. Maybe you have to be totally comfortable with drawing attention before you can wear red?!? (Are those Roger Vivier pumps?)

    • Cherie James October 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Hi! If you are referring to the red flat with the silver buckle, the answer is yes they are Roger Vivier. Good eye you have. And, thank you for your wonderful compliment.

  • nexvan October 5, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Cherie James, Ich liebe Mode und Lifestyle
    Das rote Kleid ist sehr schön

  • Cherie James October 5, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Hi Nexvan, I am translating your comment for others to read…I love fashion and lifestyle. The red dress is very beautiful. I’m so glad you love the red dress, thank you!

  • Financial Woman October 9, 2017 at 9:49 am

    It totally depends on the shade of red for me. No orange red, only blue reds. Red is so classic it is almost a neutral. It takes confidence to wear it! Love it!

    • Cherie James October 12, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Yes it does take confidence to wear red, but wearing red also gives you confidence!

  • 1010ParkPlace.com October 9, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    My skin tone doesn’t look good in red lipsticks or red clothes. Some plums are good for clothes, but not on my face. Anything that has a hint of blue or purple in it, and I steer clear. I agree with Financial Woman that it takes confidence to wear red. It also takes confidence to wear anything that makes you stand out. Too many women don’t want to be noticed. xoxox, Brenda

  • Cherie James October 12, 2017 at 10:18 am

    True, too many women do not want to be noticed, but I think they would if they knew that they looked their best. I would love to play with different shades of red on you Brenda. How about brick red? XO cherie

  • Katherines Corner October 12, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I love this,post. The red kimono with jeans is fantastic! Featured today and pinned too. Hugs!

  • Pat james October 26, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Cherie, Love this article — Red is such a great color and your post is wonderful. The Kimona is incredible as are the purses in red. Can’t wait for the next article.

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