Throughout my blog you see me wearing a number of different types of clothing (mostly dresses), yet they’re in all different shapes, cuts, and colors. I would say that 80% of my closet consists of blues, greens, and purples with a healthy dose of pink. Much more scarce in my closet are shades of red, orange, and yellow. Why is that?
I’ve a heard a number of natural and “by choice” redheads say that they just can’t wear any of those three colors because it just looks so terrible with their coloring, and I used to be one of them. For years I would not allow any of those colors into my closet, let alone wear them in public. As my personal style has continued to evolve and I’ve become more adventurous in my fashion choices, I’ve realized that by saying “I can’t wear red, orange, or yellow” just limits my options. There’s no rule that says I can’t wear those colors! Red hair is no more limiting than certain skin tones or body shapes. By this I mean that just because I have hips doesn’t mean I can’t wear shorts, and just because I have boobs doesn’t mean I can’t wear a tank top. Having pale skin doesn’t mean I can’t wear pastels, and just because I’m tall doesn’t mean I shouldn’t wear heels.
There are a few other redheads in my family and they’ve echoed the same sentiment over the years. Even my mom, who has dark brown hair and much more color in her complexion, will complain of not being able to wear yellow or orange. Last year I wore a red dress to a gathering that my cousin (who is also a redhead) held, and she told me that she wishes she could wear red and that I should feel so lucky that I can. But here’s the thing, it’s not about wearing every shade of red in the book, it’s about finding the shade that works for you. You probably won’t see me in fire engine red, neon yellow or traffic-cone orange. Instead you’ll find me wearing somewhat more muted shades and styling them in a way that tones down the intensity of the colors. Which brings me to this dress, featuring all three colors I previously believed I couldn’t wear.
I’d been staring at this dress for a while on Nordstrom’s website. I wasn’t too sure about it because it was three colors I was hesitant about wearing. But when I saw it go [shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fadrianna-papell-print-fit-flare-dress-plus%2F3423403%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort” original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adrianna-papell-print-fit-flare-dress-plus/3423403?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=3756&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_9_B” save_to_store=”true”]on sale[/shopsense], I decided to order it and give it a shot. When I received it in the mail I was still on the fence about it. The colors were intense and much brighter than I typically wear. The burnout polka dots on the fabric in addition to the overwhelmingly bright pattern seemed to be a lot going on for such a little dress. What made me decide to keep the dress was my twirl test. Once I gave it a whirl and saw how the chiffon skirt fanned out so beautifully I was sold.
I styled the dress minimally. The orange belt came with the dress and then I added a cream colored sweater and a pave link bracelet. I was tempted to tone down the colors even more by instead accessorizing with camel colored shoes, belt and jewelry, so if you’re looking to do something similar with a bright colored dress like this I’d suggest opting for camel or brown accessories!
Dress: [shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fadrianna-papell-print-fit-flare-dress-plus%2F3423403%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort” original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adrianna-papell-print-fit-flare-dress-plus/3423403?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=3756&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_9_B” save_to_store=”false”]Adrianna Papell[/shopsense]; Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (similar [shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fstuart-weitzman-reins-sandal%2F3359638%3Forigin%3DPredictiveSearch-personalizedsort” original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/stuart-weitzman-reins-sandal/3359638?origin=PredictiveSearch-personalizedsort&cm_ven=Linkshare&cm_cat=partner&cm_pla=10&cm_ite=1&siteId=J84DHJLQkR4-V0UYIATdRKCfnSM.8GQPMw” save_to_store=”false”]here[/shopsense]); Sweater: [shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2FS%2Fbp-classic-crewneck-cardigan-juniors%2F3506373%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort” original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/bp-classic-crewneck-cardigan-juniors/3506373?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=PINK-+BUBBLES&resultback=436&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_2_D” save_to_store=”false”]B.P.[/shopsense]; Bracelet: [shopsense shopsense_url=”none” original_url=”http://www.ilycouture.com/ILY_COUTURE_p/1000.htm” save_to_store=”false”]ILY Couture[/shopsense]
This dress and color combo looks beautiful on you! I have to admit though, that it doesn’t work for every single redhead (myself included). While I am a huge believer in “rules are meant to be broken”, especially in fashion, I think that some definitely apply. If something doesn’t look good on your skintone or with your hair color – don’t wear it. There are colors that do not look good on every single skintone, haircolor, eye color, and definitely fashion trends that do not cater to specific body types. However I’m glad you found a way for those colors and trends to work for you 🙂
Thanks Alyson! I’m in love with this dress. I definitely agree that you shouldn’t wear something if it isn’t flattering to your skintone, body type, etc. The key is finding the right shade for you. Even though we have similar coloring there are colors you can rock much better than I can!
Alyson what makes u the expert?
I’m by no means calling myself an expert, just saying that every single color doesn’t look good on every single person, and being a redhead myself, I know that red, orange and yellow doesn’t look good on me, so I’m glad Kate found a way to make it work for her! 🙂
I think Kate’s post does say that not every shade of every color works on every person. But Alyson you should try some different shades of those colors, you might be happily surprised!
I just might 🙂 I am able to wear these colors in bright accessories, or on my lower half rather than around my face. This is why I love blogging – being able to come together, talk about fashion and things that we love, and all talk about our varying opinions!
I confess I’m something of a rebel, so if somebody tells me I can’t wear a color just because of my hair color or skin tone, you better believe I’m going to find a way to rock it just to prove them wrong! 😉
Anyone who bypasses a color or trend altogether based on what they think the “rules” are is not very fashionable or very adventurous, in my humble opinion
And anyone who completely cuts and pastes someone else’s comment out of context isn’t very adventurous with her thought process.
Thanks, V 🙂
Alyson – i don’t think k8 ever said that this exact shade of red, orange, or yellow would work for u and i, she said that u have to find the best shade for u.
i know that! But as a redhead myself, I know those colors just don’t look good together, especially with certain skintones..
Love the post Kate! I’ve been every hair color out there and when I was a redhead, I still found many shades of red, oranges, and yellow that looked great on me. I think that instead of automatically limiting ourselves by saying “I can’t wear that because I’m a redhead” or “I can’t wear that because I’m pale’, we should take the plunge and try things on and see if we actually CAN wear them well! I don’t think we should hold ourselves to “rules” of what we can and can’t wear, because we may be missing out on something that really flatters us, all because someone told us we can’t wear that shade! Anyone who bypasses a color or trend altogether based on what they think the “rules” are is not very fashionable or very adventurous, in my humble opinion. Thanks for continuing to push the fashion boundaries!
Thank you for your support for V!
I’ve been thinking about expanding the colour choices in my wardrobe, thanks for the inspiratrion. You look great in these pictures!
Thanks Laura! I can’t wait to see what outfit you put together!!
Kate, this was inspired! You look so pretty! Love the details, too, especially the bracelet. But nothing bests a twirly skirt! Very FUN!
Thank you Annie! The bracelet is so fun and a nice way to switch it up from the typical statement necklaces I wear!
Love the outfit and I particularly love the shape of the belt. Great colors, great accessories, awesome shoes and a fantastic look!
Haha, I love your twirl test! As someone currently working on wearing colour regularly at all, you’ve given me something to aim for!
Thanks Cassandra. I love twirling around in a dress. It’s so fun!! Hope all is well with you!
I don’t really care for pink. Although, I’ve been told many times that coral shades really compliment my skin tone so, I have a lot of pink in my closet now. I used to wear a lot of black (easy go-to) now I am trying to branch out to brighter colours. Gotta push our fashion comfort zones!
I bet you’d look AMAZING in coral! It’s definitely a step out of your comfort zone to go for different (brighter) colors than you typically wear, but if you’re in the right mood it can be so much fun!
I love your hair and sandals!
Thank you for this post!
Such a pretty dress, and it looks amazing on you! Jealous of the bracelet too! 🙂
Thanks! The bracelet is a lot of fun and most definitely a statement piece!