You Say Tomato

Hot tomatoes: (clockwise from top left) Emily Blunt in Roksanda Ilincic, Kate Upton in Narciso Rodriguez, Taylor Swift in her latest cd’s namesake “RED”, and Clemence Poesy in Valentino.

Move over little black, step aside ruby, imperial, crimson and fire engine red, the current way to do a dress is the tomato. A little red with a burst of orange and a pop of techno, the color of the moment when it comes to dress dressing is Campbell’s tomato soupy mmm mmm good. Skip the predictable black shoes and instead pair with a neutral one to really lengthen the leg. This color is a brilliant way to banish winter blues and is very forgiving to February pasty skin pallor. It’s a shade that looks just as great on blondes, raven haired maidens or the gingery set. 

Red, brunette or blonde; the color works for all tones. From left: Ashley Greene in Roland Mouret, Nora Zehetner in Clavin Klein and Nicole Richie in Stella McCartney.

My personal favorite is the sheath cut which transitions from day to night seamlessly, requiring simply an eye makeup embellishment and perhaps a hair redo. The skater dress is a close second, but only for the lean team. If you haven’t been keeping up with your Tracy Anderson arm work, go for a cap sleeve to camo the finicky upper arm area. Fabrics work from lightweight wools to willowy silks. Like the nightshade plant that inspired the color, it’s a juicy treat sure to delight the senses.

From left: A cap sleeve pencil dress from, a skater dress version from Givenchy at, Amanda Wakeley from

From left: Issa skater dress from, Miu Miu leather from and Milly from

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