Go Red For WomenThis article was first published at LuxuryFitnessFun.com.

by Melissa Waterson

Red Is the Color of the Season, and You Can Wear It Again and Again!

Christmas is fast approaching, and stores across the nation are gearing up to promote the very latest in holiday fashions and trends. Christmas is the perfect time of year to buy a red dress: red is the color of the festive season, and will look perfect teamed with a Santa Claus hat and a little sparkle for all of your holiday parties. Looking for a reason to spend a little more on that perfect red dress you’ve got your eye on? Then here is the perfect excuse:

Wear Your Christmas Dress Again For National Wear Red Day

Once you’ve found your dream red dress you can wear it again to show your support for heart disease sufferers on National Wear Red Day, an event organized by National charity The Heart Truth. National Wear Red Day is on the first Friday of February every year, giving you plenty of time to get your gown dry cleaned in the New Year. In 2014 it will fall on February 4, just ten days before Valentine’s Day, which is another great opportunity to take that red frock out for a spin. The aim of the day is to raise awareness about the risk of heart disease for women. Did you know that in the United States heart disease is the number one killer of women, and yet many of these deaths are entirely preventable? According to Kwikmed, some of the main causes of heart disease are regularly eating an unhealthy diet, not taking regular exercise, being overweight and smoking: all problems that sadly affect women leading sedentary lifestyles across the country right now. By wearing red you will not only be promoting this worthy cause you will also be showing off your fashion credentials: red is bang on trend, and was one of the hottest colors on the runways at the last Mercedes Benz New York Fashion week.

Designers Showcasing Red Dresses

Several designers showcased fiery red as a red hot trend for fall/winter 2013. Vivienne Westwood channeled red in her trademark punk style by working with red leather and bold red tartans. Donnatella Versace went for a similar anarchic punk theme for her unforgettable collection, and red was a strong color feature in the Versace haute couture shows. Ralph Lauren and Diane Von Furstenberg sent a more sleek and streamlined woman in red down their runways, focusing on clean lines and coordinating accessories. The shades of red varied wildly, although vibrant pillar box red was a popular recurrent theme.

If you’re looking to invest in a red dress of your own remember to pick a shade that will complement your skin tone best, rather than just following trends and picking the most fashionable shade, which might not necessarily suit you. If you have fair skin and fair hair then look for reds with blue undercurrents which will compliment your complexion and not add any extra redness to your complexion. If you have darker hair and a warmer complexion then you can sport spicier reds with more orangey undertones. These shades are also particularly flattering to darker skin. Why not add a pop of vibrant red lipstick for the ultimate in color coordination? When you wear a bold red look like this you can guarantee that you’ll have all eyes on you.

Hot Color, High Fashion

Every February, during New York Fashion Week, the high fashion industry joins forces with The Heart Truth to organize a fashion show and display some spectacular vibrant red creations to raise money and awareness for the charity. The fashion show first launched in 2003 and has been held every year since. High profile designers such as Donna Karen, Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta design red gowns especially for the event and celebrities clamor to both attend and walk in the show. So why not show your high fashion credentials by using this holiday season as the perfect opportunity to hit the shops and buy a fabulous red dress? With so many celebrities doing just that you’ll be in good company. And if you find the perfect dress you can buy it safe in the knowledge that you’ll be able to wear it again and again!

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