Red is a bold, warm color that is associated with our most intense emotions – love and anger – and with objects of power and desire – such as fast cars and roses. With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away and the news that a shade of red called Marsala is the Color of the Year for 2015, red has been on my mind. While this color has often been popular in women`s fashion, finding the right shade to flatter your skin tone can be difficult. Vintage costume jewelry offers the opportunity to accessorize with red, even if it isn’t a color you normally wear. Click through to see a selection of stunning red pieces produced in Europe and America in the 1920s through the 1950s.
To inspire you to accessorize with vintage costume jewelry, I have created outfits featuring TruFaux Jewels with a selection of clothing and accessories currently available. You will see a variety of ensembles for casual, office and evening wear. My goal is to suggest ways in which pieces from my website can be worn. In some cases, the same piece of jewelry is presented in multiple outfits, to show how versatile the piece is. In other cases, the same clothing and accessories are shown with different TruFaux Jewels. Many examples of what I call everyday basics (e.g., blue or black jeans, a white shirt, and a blazer; a dark skirt and a white top) are included to inspire you to accessorize with vintage costume jewelry to refresh your existing wardrobe.
The outfits presented below are in slide-show format, with the caption (my comments) at the bottom of each slide. If you like a particular outfit and want to see the detailed descriptions of the items shown, just click on the image to be transferred to the Polyvore site.
For More Information About Color Trends
To find out more about red gemstones and their counterparts in vintage costume jewelry, read my blog post Red Alert!. For more about color trends, go to the “Color Trends” drop-down menu on the Pantone website. (Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week to report on each season’s most important color trends.)
Read my blog post Paper Dolls for Grown-Ups, to find out how this platform works and how to play.