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Syncing Your Style: Lady in Red

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'Tis the season for all things red. February is all about celebrating the heart - and that's not just on Valentine's Day! It's a month to be true to your heart - both literally and figuratively - and if you're experiencing real wintery conditions, you'll need the pick me up of a fashion fix to rid yourself of the drearies.

There's just something about wearing red that can pick up your mood, make a dramatic entrance, or simply jazz up an otherwise ordinary look. As I perused my closet, I realized that I own many red items. Some items I have collected are staples; classics, ones that withstand the ever-changing trends of fashion. On the contrary, I love tying in a trend with an anchor color like red, makes the look fresh, and stylish. And a red dress? Always a do! I still have my favorite, a silk Marilyn style dress that has seen its fair share of dance floors.

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Modcloth BB Dakota lace dress via Lendperk.com paired with snake print peeptoes by Calvin Klein, Red polka dot dress I scored from a clothing swap paired with red ankle strap peep toes; Nine West, Field Day Peasant Dress; Anthropologie; paired with Simply Vera Vera Wang ribbed tights and brown riding boots from Bandolino.

I have a few rules about wearing red.

1. Red is best paired with a neutral, more red or its complement, purple. I love red paired with gray, brown, ecru, or metallics. Red paired with purple is bold and daring, and always fun! (Thanks mom!) I love red paired with chambray too. Red and navy is a classic winning combo for a nautical look, just don't overdo it or the look becomes too campy.

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Red V neck sweater, 525 America; paired with red gingham button up; H & M, Gray swing CABI sweater paired with red dENiZEN® from the Levi’s ® skinny jeans, and gray mid calf boots, pomegranate wrap dress, GGO, tights by HUE, paired with brown riding boots; Bandolino and purple beaded necklace, GAP

I am not a fan of red paired with black, as in red sweater, black dress pants. To me the look always says, "I just came from my office holiday party" I just don't think it looks sophisticated. That's not to say I wouldn't wear a black and red print, or red jeans paired with a black top but as a general rule, be wary of color blocking red and black.

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Loft turtleneck, paired with red dENiZEN® from the Levi’s ® skinny jeans, black riding boots; Umberto Rafini, an antique bracelet gifted to me by my sis (she always finds me unique estate pieces!), and an early Valentine's present (scored at Marshall's), a studded crossbody bag by Jessica Simpson that sports two trends in one: the ladylike bow mixed with the bad girl studs.

2. Red is the best color for an accessory. It adds punch no matter where you place it. Red necklace, handbag, belt or my favorite red shoes! Adding red does a look wonders, adding interest to any outfit.

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White button up; J.Crew, Floral jeans; Gap, Gold belt; Lands' End, Flora Necklace, handmade using Tagua seeds, fair trade certified; Andean Collection, nails by Scotch Naturals in Kiltlifter

3. Know your shade. Reds worn close to your face can either be a "go" or a "no". Match the shade next to your face to highlight not distract. Got fair skin? try reds with orange undertones like corals and pinkish reds. Got medium skin? Try true reds or reds that lean toward raspberry and if you've got darker skin, try warmer red tones like burgundy or brick.

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Stylish ladies on my left and right looking current and fashion forward wearing red. Chambray button up; American Eagle, paired with red dENiZEN® from the Levi’s ® skinny jeans, a purple handmade necklace; Global Goods Partners and studded ballet flats by Frye

Momtrends was not compensated for this post. Some of the items styled were received as samples, but all opinions are our own.

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