The Red Dress

Beauty + Fashion

Throw out that little black dress because there’s a new red dress in town!  It’s girly, and, yes, sexy, but in a 1950s kind of way.   It’s a ballet inspired red dress, with box pleats, conservative high neckline, and a very playful short hemline.  This retro red dress has been making its rounds on some of the most fashionable ladies in Hollywood.

This dress first came on the scene when Zooey Deschanel wore it in the opening montage of her Fox TV show ‘New Girl.’  Her particular dress was form Zara Winter 2010 – and Zara now says it’s sold out!  Taylor Swift recently rocked several types of this vintage red dress as she promoted her aptly titled new album, ‘Red.’  Actress Freida Pinto also wore a similar red number to a movie premiere and looked stunning paring the dress with beige buckled pumps.  This dress also recently turned up on reality TV. Bravo’s ‘Shahs of Sunset’ newest character Lilly Ghalichi (a self-proclaimed “Persian Princess”) is a lawyer/swimwear designer who wore the retro red dress to the office, pairing it with a smart, high-waist gold belt.

The Red Dress


Most women struggle with what they’re going to wear on a daily basis.  I often wish I could wear a flowery ‘cutesy’ dresses and ballerina flats just about everywhere I go, but then again that might not be the most practical or professional choice.  Perhaps this dress is so popular because it captures our conflicting desires to dress conservative and professional, but also girly, sexy, and retro.  This dress is old school Hollywood star meets quirky modern women.  It’s the kind of dress you can pair with a blazer and wear to the office, or brunch with the girls, or a hot date, or a Sunday afternoon of baking (with proper apron attire of course).  This type of dress goes best paired with a pair of nude pumps, bright red lipstick, and minimal jewelry (the dress does all the work ladies).  P.S. If you dig this kind of dress, Deschanel’s TV character “Jess” has a website devoted to her many “adorkable” ensembles:



Autumn Love
Autumn has been an Angeleno for the past 10 years and loves writing about all things new, obscure, and not yet on yelp.
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