Seeing Red

Santa Claus isn't the only one modeling red this month. Women all over the Triangle are joining Club Crimson. Some sport the merry color in a nod toward tradition. Others throw on the high-voltage shade to paint the town red.


The timing is right: Holiday party season is in full swing, and there's not a more festive hue. Whether you call it carmine, scarlet, rose or burgundy, red is seasonally appropriate and telegraphs self-confidence.


How to keep the look from venturing into Ugly Christmas Sweater territory? Don't go head-to-toe tomato. Be the lady in red with one piece, whether a dress, a pair of shoes or a belt.



Street-Style Winter Coats

Outerwear trends have taken root in stores and sidewalks around the Triangle. The looks tend to be big – in shape, length and, even, color. These five are strong:

  • Maxi coat – often unstructured, even if belted
  • Trench – timeless or embellished
  • Fluffy – faux fur and more
  • Cape – classic, puffy, leather or mixed print
  • Bold hue – hot pink anyone?






Layer Like a Pro

Get more out of your fave warm-weather duds by layering. The practice requires a balance of color, fabric, weight and size. Concentrate on a contrast of textures, such as a knit cardigan over a floaty dress. Pull together your look with a belt.

You may want to consider your figure. If you're bigger on top, avoid too many layers, such as a blend of blouse, sweater and blazer, which could become bulky. Instead, look for styles that lengthen your body, such as a body-skimming, long blouse and tank top paired with straight-leg pants.