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Turning Red

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I have always, always, always been a fan of red. My first lipstick was red. My homecoming dress was red (the only dress up dance I ever went to). Red just works for me. Wearing a monochrome red, however, isn’t something that I’ve done much of… ok, I’ve never really gone out in all red, unless I was wearing a red dress. It’s really powerful… not like some of the other colors, a monochromatic red pretty much screams ‘look at me!’ So how do you do a monochromatic red? Should you just go with some kind of pant suit like Sarah Palin? (I’m not even going to humor that with a link).

What I’ve done here, is to mix my reds with a soft silhouette. Of course, my reds don’t match 100%, and they don’t have too, in fact it might come off as too matchy-matchy if they were. I have this thrifted old-lady polyester peplum blouse that I turn upside down to this cropped ruffle neck top, and a slouchy tank dress underneath. I’ve also opted not to go with a true red lipstick, as for the day time, and with the rest of the outfit, I thought it might look too costumey (like that is going to top it over), but later when I go out I’ll probably make the swap to red lipstick.

red outfit
alice + olivia for payless
red outfit
top: thrifted •  tank dress and tights H&M • shoes: alice + olivia for payless • bracelet: marc by marc jacobs

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46 comments for “Turning Red”

  1. Love it! It looks very classy and elegant on you
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    Posted by PAPERFASHION | July 17, 2009, 6:01 am
  2. well, you look adorable! I’m not sure I could do red from head to toe but I LOVE the red tights with the red wedges.

    Posted by ...love Maegan | July 17, 2009, 6:38 am
  3. It’s very nice though personally I’m not a fan of red tights

    Posted by kate | July 17, 2009, 6:42 am
  4. Red is my favorite color! It’s such a powerful hue and head to toe looks very stunning on you!
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    Posted by Fajr || Stylish Thought | July 17, 2009, 6:43 am
  5. Wow! Definitely not an easy look to pull off, but you look amazing!
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    Posted by Leia | July 17, 2009, 6:55 am
  6. ❤ paperfashions…hehe classy, it’s my new thing. ;)
    ❤ maegan, i would be surprised to find anything you couldn’t do!
    ❤ kate…red tights are tough, but i find i wear these quite a bit (note the wear on the close up of my shoes… like i said tights get worn a lot)
    ❤ fajr..yay! birds of a feather, flock together! x
    ❤ thanks lea… it’s not an easy look, i gather, but i’m going to give it a go anyway.

    Posted by jennine | July 17, 2009, 7:01 am
  7. I love the way it looks! The slight variations in color or in textures really soften it up…
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    Posted by Ashe Mischief | July 17, 2009, 7:07 am
  8. WOW! I absolutely love this look :) Your top is amazing, and those shoes look gooorgeous.
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    Posted by dapper kid | July 17, 2009, 7:09 am
  9. Oh wow! I applaud you for wearing head to toe red-that takes some fashion guts! ;) You look fantastic!
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    Posted by Casey | July 17, 2009, 7:51 am
  10. WOW! I never would have thought so much red could look so amazing, but you totally rock it!!

    I adore red and can’t wait to start bringing it out again!
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    Posted by maria | July 17, 2009, 8:00 am
  11. ❤ashe… absolutely! textures can make any outfit awesome…
    ❤ dapper…thanks love! i actually quite like this one a lot (when it’s upside down)
    ❤casey, i bet you can do it.. especially with your perfect red lipstick!
    ❤maria… no time like the present!

    Posted by jennine | July 17, 2009, 8:11 am
  12. That looks amazing!

    I’ve been wanting to do an all one colour outfit, but I don’t have enough clothes in the same colour, apart from black.

    I love how you’ve turned that blouse upside down as well.
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    Posted by Retro Chick | July 17, 2009, 8:13 am
  13. Oh yes, red looks smashing on you. :]
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    Posted by Ev`Yan || apricot tea. | July 17, 2009, 9:15 am
  14. Go red! ^^ Love the shoes.

    Posted by kissmequick | July 17, 2009, 9:24 am
  15. wow i really like the shoes!
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    Posted by sd | July 17, 2009, 10:04 am
  16. I love, love, love this look on you. I want to copy it from head to toe! Would that be weird? ;-)

    Posted by WendyB | July 17, 2009, 10:04 am
  17. LOVE it! I’m always in head to toe black but haven’t thought about actually doing it in color. Something to consider!
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    Posted by Carla | July 17, 2009, 10:19 am
  18. Lovely!! I love how you’re in a lush green background too, to enhance the red.


    Posted by Tee Sea | July 17, 2009, 10:56 am
  19. You are a vision, Jennine. I am a big fan of red, too. I think it works amazingly for us fair brunettes. This post also reminded me that I am CRUSHED I missed out on those A+O wedges from Payless.
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    Posted by Sal | July 17, 2009, 11:44 am
  20. You totally pwn red!!! Those shoes are great. =D
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    Posted by Alicia | July 17, 2009, 12:34 pm
  21. love love love the total red look.. you will never go wrong with this colour.. I am also a red maniac
    hi five!

    Posted by ay | July 17, 2009, 1:04 pm
  22. Love it! I haven’t done any monochrome yet. Red is so your color, great on us fair skinned brunettes.
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    Posted by eyeliah | July 17, 2009, 2:02 pm
  23. That look is hot. love it.
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    Posted by London Darling | July 17, 2009, 3:47 pm
  24. oooh, gorgeous! You look so slim in this! Red looks great on you.
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    Posted by Freya | July 17, 2009, 8:01 pm
  25. I’m loving it! Definitely says look at me, I’m gorgeous and I can pull it off :].

    Question! You mentioned you flipped the blouse upside down, I can’t seem to see how you flipped it and had the sleeves still work. How’d you do it?

    xx k a t e
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    Posted by k a t e | July 18, 2009, 1:36 am
  26. ❤retro… oh yeah, i had that problem before, it was the red shoes i was looking for ages… but yeah, getting all the pieces can be a challenge!
    ❤eyeliah…oh i hadn’t thought much about the light skinned brunettes but you’re right…also having olive skin helps, as it works with the green undertones in my skin… hummmm
    ❤ sal..oh no! well i’m sure they are lurking around somewhere on the internet…
    ❤kate..haha either i’m gorgeous, or i’m a mad woman…

    Posted by jennine | July 18, 2009, 3:38 am
  27. Wow what an outfit! I think you pull it off really well you look awesome (:
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    Posted by Nikki | July 18, 2009, 6:42 am
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  29. zowie, you look great. you look so long. and i love those shoes.

    Posted by SwanDiamondRose | July 18, 2009, 1:06 pm
  30. On the way to Las Vegas last winter, I met a couple with red hair dressed in red from head to toe, driving a red truck! They were soo awesome!
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    Posted by Annie Spandex | July 18, 2009, 5:10 pm
  31. You are absolutely right: red is your colour. I haven’t worn red for years but now I’m absolutely into it.
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    Posted by Nicole | July 19, 2009, 5:48 am
  32. ❤swan, i wish i was long! but no…
    ❤annie… that sounds like the best couple ever!
    ❤nicole, i try to escape from red every now and then, but it always sucks me back in…

    Posted by jennine | July 19, 2009, 7:15 am
  33. Words cannot describe how much I love this ensemble. You look amazing! :)
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    Posted by Cafe Fashionista | July 19, 2009, 12:10 pm
  34. Va-Voom! This outfit is beautiful and powerful at the same time. Interestingly, I just ordered a pair of berrry-colored gladiator heels with gold detailing. I feel compelled to experiment with reds and metallic details. Experimenting in this way picks up my mood in the wake of the loss of MJ and during the doldrums of the sluggish economy. Cheers, G.
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    Posted by Gail | July 19, 2009, 2:31 pm
  35. Love it! best colour ever!

    Posted by Sarah | July 20, 2009, 3:29 am
  36. Hi there! Lovely blog and you can sure pull off a red ensemble!
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    Posted by Kat | July 20, 2009, 9:47 am
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  46. What fabulous shoes! God I would die to own them… and my bf would probably kill me if I bought them, so mission accomplished!
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