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Well red: Shades of ruby empower fall’s hottest fashion

  • Washington Post
  • Published Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at 10:40 p.m.

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. And the regal color comes in so many shades (oxblood, Nancy Reagan-cerise, crimson) that nearly anyone can wear it. Plus red stars both in daywear and cocktail dresses. But don’t get flushed over red’s endless possibilities: It’s a flattering, flaming effect whether you indulge a little (shoes, a shapely bag) or a lot (head-to-toe berry shades).

Another reason for red: it can be “a bold statement or can be worn in a more conservative way,” Mackney says.

Shades of berry, cherry and ruby empower fall’s hottest dresses, jewelry and handbags.

Or go for just a pop of red with a bag.

For your fingernails, classic red nail polishes include Revlon Valentine 730, Revlon Vixen 570, Sephora Curve-aceous 190 and Sephora Pushing Your Luck 323.

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