Can Redheads Wear Red?

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RED, the color of fire, passion, anger, and love. Red is perhaps one of the most intimidating colors to wear. With such an important color, why are we so afraid to wear it? Nobody tells a person with brown hair that they can’t wear the color brown so why can’t redheads wear red? For years there’s been a myth that redheads can’t wear the color red…or yellow….or orange. Perhaps it’s not the fact that redheads can’t wear red, but it’s the fact that we are afraid to. We already stick out enough with red hair, so why bother to stand out more? There’s been excuses like “the colors wouldn’t meld with our hair, we would look odd, and I feel like I look like I’m on fire.”

The key to wearing red is finding the right shade. Just as makeup, finding the right color for your skin tone is important. If you are a redhead with paler, porcelain skin, then I recommend a blue under-tone red. Blue under-toned reds tend to be the brighter, a more true red while more pinky under-tone reds are better for tanner skin.

 

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I love red because it’s a very powerful and passionate color. The best way to wear red, in my opinion, is lipstick. I have a soft spot for red lipstick, I can’t tell you how many shades of red lipstick I own. It’s my secret weapon for feeling more confident or to give my look a more romantic feel. If I had to wear one outfit for the rest of my life it would be a stripped shirt, black pants, black leather jacket, and red lips.

Down below are my top red lipsticks that I wear the most.

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Not to be a little bit biased, but I’ve noticed that NARS has a good selection of red lipsticks that compliment my skin tone. I find that the velvet matte lip pencils are perfect for travel since they are so thin and light. Also, I find that they are quite pigmented, which means less layers and a longer life span for the lipstick. If I want a matte red lip that doesn’t fade or disappear after eating or drinking, then I suggest the Sephora brand lip stain because it has the amazing power of lasting all day and won’t come off even if you rub your lips on something. I used to use this one when I was a cheerleader in high school for games and it would last the whole time even with shouting, drinking water, and sweating. I use it even on days when I want to wear red lipstick, but have classes or lectures all day long and it still lasts through all that.

So if you’re a redhead out there thinking you can’t wear red, I say “Why not?” If you’re unsure, then start small, maybe wear red lipstick or lip gloss then ease into wearing a red top or skirt. Eventually you’ll be loving red and wearing it more often regardless of your hair color.

 

What Happened To Being Well Dressed?

 

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What ever happened to the politeness of being well dressed? Since when did wearing sweatpants all the time turn into the norm of today’s attire? Not long ago men were wearing suits on airplanes and it was normal for a woman to don a hat everywhere. My question is why has the downfall of dress etiquette occurred? In my opinion, I like to look nice when I go out in public, it makes me feel complete plus I have a passion for putting outfits together so of course I am going to show off my skills. Actually it is scientifically proven that if you dress nicer while taking a test you will tend to do better. Isn’t that interesting, how clothes can be linked with psychology. When people start dressing nicer, they feel better. Taking care of their body becomes more important and it should be important because the human body is an amazing thing and should be well taken care of by good grooming,eating healthy, and exercise. Now don’t get me wrong I know that there is a big athletic trend going on and comfy chic is the new style. I do like the athletic trend, but there is a certain way to wear it without looking like you just woke up. It is possible to master the art of “comfy dressing” or looking good while still wearing quite comfortable clothes. For example, a gray sweatshirt with a black leather jacket over it. Or even joggers can be considered a stylish pair of sweatpants.

“Dressing well is a form of good manners” – Tom Ford

Nowadays, I find it quite refreshing to see someone who knows how to dress. Personally, I think that if men and women knew how to dress there would definitely be a lot more going for them. People underestimate the power of clothing. Queen Elizabeth I used to wear the most ostentatious dresses with intricate details to show her power and wealth. She was the only one allowed to wear such outrageous clothes and everyone else in court would have to downgrade their clothes because no one could outshine the queen. Also another reason is because back then women were not usually put in such powerful positions so she had to find other ways to make her look just as intimidating.

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated” – Oscar Wilde

It is often hard to find inspiration on a midwest college campus where the dress code is pretty much sweatpants, sneakers, and a baseball hat. For those out there who are into fashion and are going to a college that is not on the east or west coast and are lacking in inspiration, don’t worry I’m in the same boat. Don’t get me wrong, I love my school and I chose to be there, but there is nothing quite like being in “The City That Never Sleeps” or by the beaches down in California. Most of the action in the fashion industry happens on either sides of the country. I often have to keep reminding myself that I am on a college campus, of course everyone is going to dress in lounge wear. I’m in a place where most people don’t know what they’re going to do with their life yet. Everyone here is young and foolish and still finding their life purpose. But for those who choose not to follow the crowd, I applaud you and I challenge you to be the inspiration for other people and perhaps your “sparkle” will rub off on others.