What Nail Colour Goes with a Red Dress?
You will never forget your first formal dance at university. You bought the most delectable red, off-the-shoulder dress, floor length, with a high – low hemline. It was beautiful, yet sexy, and the perfect vehicle to bring out your inner princess, and your inner vixen. You were a women of the world, all of 20 years old, and wanted to convey your desirability to all the handsome, single men in the room. That’s when you just knew that you had to glam up your outfit with perfectly matching red nails.
Are red nails always the best choice for a red dress? Well, it all depends on the dress itself, the occasion, and your accessories!
Different Occasions, Different Personalities
The nail colour that best suits your red dress is usually heavily influenced by the event that you are attending. If you are going to church, a wedding, shower, or a brunch, you will probably favor a classic look, steeped in elegance. But, if you are at the club dancing, or attending an evening formal, then it is more about standing out and showing off your radiance. You would want to shine and show off your timeless glamour!
Match Your Accessories and Shoes
If you are down playing your red dress for a more demure gathering, pairing it with a neutral or black handbag and pair of shoes is a start. However, to finish the look, you should match your nails to the shoe and bag color as close as possible, and you will look well put together. Or, if you want to spice it up, try bold accessories like a chunky gold or silver necklace with matching shoes and tinge your talons accordingly!
Back to Basics…and Nudes
For a look of refined class, you should tone down nails with only a hint of colour. Try pale pink, nude, sheer pink or a chocolate kissed beige if you have a darker complexion. Even a French tip, or a basic black or white will complement a sophisticated red frock without overpowering it.
Metallics and Glitter
If you want to make a dazzling statement, try metallic golds and silvers with mirror finishes. This can especially work well if you have metallic highlights in your dress or you are wearing silver or gold rings and bracelets. Even bronze mirrored polish matches the scarlet tones of a red dress perfectly. Or, if you find that to be too dramatic, try a sparkly glitter infused clear overlay over a solid white, black, or French manicure. Together the colours will pop vividly.
Remember, red nails certainly make a statement, and the vibrant hue is definitely the go-to when wanting a make a sexy splash in a red dress, but it is not your only bold-coloured option. You can always run with other jewel tones, such as a bright blue, emerald green or a deep purple. Or, you can use other warm-based hues, such as fuchsia or orange to create a dynamic contrast.
If you do go with red, however, make sure it is a pretty even match with your dress, and, if it’s not, spread some glitter over your crimson tips and no one will even notice the difference!