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The Secret to Wearing Red

Red. It’s the color of passion and energy and action. Red is full of intensity and vibrancy. Red signifies passion and power. The hue is meant to stand out, not blend in. Red is for the bold, not for the meek. It’s made for leaders, not followers. Just this past week, the beautiful Queen Latizia of Spain donned a red dress while speaking at a Let Girls Learn conference.

To quote the wise Dr. Seuss:

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

When it comes to wearing color, I often hear from you all that you’re a little intimidated to do so. That’s why I’ve written these articles in the past on how to wear certain colors:

As I was researching and thinking about red, today’s color in focus, I attempted to write a similarly numbered list of tips for wearing red, but, really, at the end of the day, there is only one secret you need to know to wear red.

The secret to wearing red is to wear it with confidence!

That’s right – it’s that simple. You can’t play the role of a shrinking violet when wearing red. You must wear it with confidence. Walk tall, put a smile on your face, and stride boldly into the room. That’s the only way to do it. When you’re wearing red, heads will turn!

Keep reading to learn more about the Sara Battaglia x Ferragamo clutch, plus a special discount offer from Camilyn Beth!

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Two more items of note: 

Sara Battaglia x Ferragamo Collaboration

Did you notice this fabulously colorful bag I’m carrying in these photos? It’s part of the Sara Battaglia capsule collection for Ferragamo. And it’s creating quite a buzz among color-loving fashionistas around the globe! Read InStyle’s review of the collection here.

The skewed rainbow stripes are based on a rainbow wedge shoe that Ferragamo designed for Judy Garland in 1938. I was lucky enough to see this shoe in Rome a few years ago. You can catch a glimpse of it here. Do you see the inspiration?

Browse and shop the luxe colorful collection here:

Camilyn Beth : Special Offer

If you like my dress, good news! Camilyn Beth is extending a special offer for Wear + Where + Well readers. Enter code “wearwherewell10” at checkout for 10% off your order.

This Emma dress is beautiful in its simple elegance. I especially love the subtle accent of the red sash at the waist. Note that I found this dress to fit a big snug, so feel free to order your regular size or one size up for a more relaxed fit. If red is not your color (even after our encouragement to give it a try), you’ll be glad to know that this Emma dress also comes in pink and white.

Here are a few more of our favorite classic, yet modern Camilyn Beth dresses:

Do you gravitate towards red, or do you avoid red? We challenge you to become that “lady in red” this summer!

Share your thoughts with us. We love to hear from you! Be sure to check back tomorrow as we share more great red dress options to add to your summer wardrobe.

Have a great day!

Photos by Maritere Rice in Miami, Florida at Wynwood Walls

Thanks to the new Washington Park Hotel South Beach for hosting us in Miami!

Details of My Look


  1. i thought of you INSTANTLY when i saw that purse come out. it screams “Carrie!”

    1. Carrie says:

      Ha! You know me well, Jess. Great to hear from you!

  2. Sydney says:

    I LOVE Red!!! Big reason my prom dress was bombshell red, I had big confidence and I was so happy to be a standout ( and I really was haha) That dress is very pretty, I was very lucky my competitive vocal jazz group’s colour was red, so every year I would buy new red dresses, so much fun! Great post Carrie have a wonderful 4th of July!

    Sydney | http://styledbys.ca

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, I loved hearing that story about your prom dress, Sydney!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Wow! Red is your color, Carrie! You look gorgeous! Love this dress and how you styled it! So good!!

    xo, Jennifer

    1. Carrie says:

      That’s so nice, Jennifer! Thanks.

  4. La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Red is confidently and seductively beautiful! Absolute gorgeous! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    1. Carrie says:

      Well put! And thank you. 🙂

  5. Shloka says:

    I’m all for being a lady in red – I don’t like to shy away from it! It’s a stunning colour, and as your rightly said, if you wear it with enough confidence it’s amazing! You look so beautiful and your smile lights up that outfit more than the red!

    I’m also obsessed with your bag, I’m familiar with this capsule collection and it is stunning!


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks for your comments!

      Isn’t it a beautiful capsule collection? So fun!

  6. Fiona says:

    This dress is so beautiful! Love also your pretty Aquazzura heels 🙂
    xx Fiona THEDASHINGRIDER.com

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Fiona! Great to hear from you.

  7. Bella B says:

    I adore that red dress carrie, Such a fun and festive look!!! I hope you had the best vacation!!


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Bella! Xo

  8. Love your style, and your bag is really amazing!

    1. Carrie says:

      Well thanks so much! I appreciate you visiting.

  9. Remi Sabbah says:

    Wonderful pics darling! I love you whole outfit, the bag, the dress, the shoes!!! <3 xxx
    Check what's new on the blog: http://remisabbah.com/blog/
    Instagram: @remisabbah

    1. Carrie says:

      Many thanks, Remi! Have a great day.

  10. Isabella says:

    Gorgeous red dress! I love your bag and sandals! Fabulous photo session.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Isabella!

  11. Rene says:

    Beautiful outfit and clutch; the photos are wonderful as well

    1. Carrie says:

      I really appreciate that, Rene!

  12. LOVE this dress & bag! So polished, yet fun! xo

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