In our book, the little black dress is the epitome fashion perfection; in terms of chicness, versatility and 24/7 wearability, no style can compare. But, this holiday season, it faces some fierce competition: the striking, effortlessly-sexy little red dress. Of course, the new trend will never officially trump the classic—as it’s not quite as “easy;” there are some rules to wearing it right. Lucky for you, we’ve got your complete guide.
Step 1: Pick the Perfect Dress
Remember: The brighter, the better. With of-the-moment details? Even better. Our top picks come in rich rose and scarlet, and feature special-making elements, like lace panels and ruched seams. As for silhouette? Go for a strapless style that will work for seasons (In winter? Add a jacket!), or flaunt our absolute favorite: a micro-mini with long sleeves.
Step 2: Style It to a T
As a rule, pair an LRD with confidence—and head-to-toe extras that will in no way compete. Neutral heels will work every time, as will metallic jewelry of most any kind. As for makeup, stick to shades of nude and gold. Or, brave the one, bold exception: Red lipstick. Apply the shade that looks best on you (Not a match with your dress? Not a deal breaker!) to up your “wow” factor before painting the town.