outfit: red dress inspired by golden globes red carpet

January 17, 2014

red lips, dress + hair

As a red head, I was intimidated for years by bright colors. While I might be pink obsessed now, I pretty much only wore blue, grey and black on rotation. As much as I’ve begun to embrace more color as I’ve gotten older, I’ve always been intimidated by wearing red. It’s just so. bold. It’s one thing to add some polka dots to your pants, and it’s another to wear such a stand-out and be noticed color.

So when I had the chance to partner with Discover Card to translate a red carpet look from Sunday’s Golden Globes I couldn’t resist the opportunity to wear red. After all, red head Amy Adams totally rocked it. How gorgeous do these ladies look?  reddresses_goldenglobes

I absolutely love how my wearable version of the red trend turned out, particularly by going bold with the lip, too. It balances out the bold dress. While I felt a little unsure at first, picking a great silhouette for my shape was hugely helpful — this was a steal at H&M! — and I kept it pretty basic in the jewelry department. Next time I might try nude heels and a bracelet stack. I’m now excited to embrace a little more red in my life, and 2014 is the perfect time to start.

You’ll have to check out the next page for my full-length look, including my bold jacket topper that I couldn’t resist here. After all, isn’t red + leopard a pretty perfect combo?!

red dress
red dress + red lips

dress: h&m (in store; similar, and for less) // necklace: h&m ($10!) // heels: madewell // bag: c/o joelle hawkens (last seen here; similar) // coat: forever 21 (similar)

red + leopard

So excited that the recent cold front happening in Florida (high of 62!) has given me the chance to bring back out one of my favorite purchases of 2013. It’s so not me in a million ways yet it’s incredibly comfortable and since I’m leopard obsessed I couldn’t resist (especially at the Forever 21 price point). Feeling a little American Hustle in these photos, right?
red + leopard


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  • http://iamchiconthecheap.com/ Lyddiegal

    what a stunning little red dress - and it’s gorgeous on you, bright color and all. the leopard coat is the perfect topper (though I doubt you actually need to wear it!)

  • http://www.pennypincherfashion.com/ Kimberly

    Va va voom - girl, you look drop-dead gorgeous! And they say red-heads can’t wear red…you are proving them wrong! :)


  • Kellyann

    Great red dress!

  • http://www.lapetitepear.com/ Samantha Tananbaum

    This dress looks gorgeous on you! What a great H&M find!


  • http://www.thestylescribe.com Merritt Beck

    Such a gorgeous outfit! Love that necklace and coat!!

    The Style Scribe

  • nicole mavrides

    love the dress and coat! so cute!

  • http://bloggingwhilenursing.com KalleyC @BloggingWhileNursing

    I love the dress! Red looks stunning on you! This was a great find at H&M

  • http://www.asequinloveaffair.com/ Shira

    Ah I freakin love this. You inspire me to look for a red dress. I’ve never owned one but lately I’ve been wanting to!


  • Anne-Kathrine Ubberud

    Love you dress especially matched with the leopard coat!!

  • Amie

    I love this outfit! The coat looks amazing too.

  • http://www.smartnsnazzy.com/ Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    Such a gorgeous look, Alyson! Love the coat, and love red on you! It works great with your complexion.
    xo ~ Lia

  • http://www.mixmatchfashion.com/ Tara

    This dress is gorgeous on you Alyson…and that coat is amazing!

  • Cecileetvoila

    This red dress is amazing! the color but also the shape are just perfect for you. I am not so convinced by the leopard coat. I like it. But I think that combining it with the dress, it’s a little too much. It seemed to me like if you added sparkles and sequins to an already glossy dress… A black or grey or navy blue coat would have been just perfect because it would have put the whole focus on the dress… Well, I think that I might have a different opinion because I live in France, where women are used to dress in a much more classical way…;-)
    Your blog is very interesting. I keep it in my favorites!!
    Keep in touch!
    Cecile from http://www.etvoila.info

  • drose

    I love red.. My grandmother used to tell me that red is my color. I have been into red ever since.. your dress is beautiful.. not sure about the coat, but love the dress..:)

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