Must-Have Little Red Dresses

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to give your go-to black dress a rest and sport one in red. This bold color comes in a variety of shades like rich scarlet, bright cherry and classic crimson, offering a little red dress for every taste. Whether you’re having a romantic dinner, meeting the girls for drinks or just feeling festive, one of these looks will help you paint the town red.

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Stay classic

Celebrating Valentine’s Day straight from work? A simple silhouette in a regal red like Alice and Olivia’s Francine v-neck fit and flare dress goes perfectly from your desk to dinner. Play it up with an oversized hoop earring from Madewell and pack a statement shoe in your tote for after 5pm. Something shiny like the metallic laminate leather sandal from Gucci is the perfect finishing touch.

Go for lace

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The epitome of Valentine’s chic: plenty of lace and a bright red hue. Intermix (there’s one at Americana Manhasset) is ahead of the game when it comes to hot date attire. Between its mix of lace tiers, candy apple shade and tasteful sheer accents, the Alexis Wilhemina Lace Dress is a fashion triple threat. Finish off the look with a black strappy high heel sandal like the Tribute Platform Sandal from Saint Laurent.

Be romantic

There’s no better time to show off your flirty side than Valentine’s Day. This flowing floral printed silk chiffon number from Self-Portrait is equal parts romantic, ethereal and completely wow-worthy. Let the dress stand out and go with subdued silver extras like Sergio Rossi’s Sr1 Silver Laminated Leather Sandals.

Work the shoulders

Summer, winter, spring or fall—there’s no wrong time to show some shoulder. This Valentine’s Day opt to show ’em off with a bit of leg in a style that’s sure to impress. The Weiss Off-The-Shoulder Dress from BCBGMaxazria (available at Bloomingdales at the Walt Whitman Shops) will do the trick. Add a statement earring—J. Crew’s colorful floral hoop earrings are beautiful, bold and right on trend—and a bright red lip before you head out the door.

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Rachel Belkin is a native Long Islander who recently moved back to Woodbury with her husband and two young sons. Rachel has been working as a fashion copywriter for over 10 years and has collaborated with many brands including J.McLaughlin, Judith Leiber, Talbots and Armani. When she is not working, Rachel is watching sports with her boys, shopping online or spinning on her Peloton.