The Power of Red

Rocking Red

By Kathie Morris | Photography by Daniel Ware 

February is the month of the heart. When thinking about what to wear this month, why not put more heart into choosing outfits? According to The Wall Street Journal, the color of the moment is red! Red isn’t only trendy; it’s also associated with wealth, happiness and passion. Who doesn’t want to have more of those in her life?

Here are some simple tips to help you be creative with your style.

Dressy night

I’ll start with Valentine’s Day. To me, Valentine’s Day is a bonus. It’s a chance to dress up after the holiday season has ended.

If there was ever a time to wear velvet, this is the season to do it. Velvet evokes such romance. And it doesn’t have to be red velvet. Stores and boutiques are currently showing all shades — blue, pastels and black.

If you aren’t brave enough to wear red, try pink or black. Speaking of black, if this is your go-to color, how about a black jumpsuit, glammed up with gold jewelry? Or try something bold — a romper! Pair it with tights and a fabulous pair of boots. The choice of boots this season is endless. There are luxe fabrics like velvet, suede, brocades and more. And don’t forget the over-the-knee boot, which has become a staple.

Now, let’s talk about the cocktail dress. Think lace, with a peek of skin. You’ll have them swooning! The asymmetrical neckline and cold shoulder are still going strong. Try a sequined dress, and watch how you glitter on the dance floor. Top this off with a red coat (it is February, after all) or, better yet, a faux fur jacket. When it comes to accessories, be sure to bring on the glitz and glam with evening bags, jewelry and maybe even red shoes!

Casual night

Whether you’re going out or staying in, keeping it casual can be fun. Sweaters with sleeve detail, in soft fabrics, are cozy and warm! Try a cardigan or jean jacket with a pink button down and a vintage pin. Don’t be afraid to try leggings in a geometric or plaid pattern, paired with a tunic.

Jeans, jeans and more jeans! They’re better than ever, with the latest technology working for all ages. Gone are the days of uncomfortable, binding jeans. New jean fabrics have a wonderful stretch and come in a bunch of great colors and trendy styles. They will surely have you taking your old jeans and sweats out of the rotation. Try layering red, pink or lacy fishnet tights under your ripped jeans.

Go for comfort and warmth when picking out casual footwear, like flats and boots. Think about a pop of color for beanies and mittens.

National Wear Red Day

Don’t forget National Wear Red Day on Feb. 2! We’ll all be wearing red to show support for women’s heart health. This is a good time to invest in a red dress. Since red is the color of the season, you’re sure to have plenty of shopping options. If dresses aren’t for you, try a pencil skirt, a sweet red sweater or maybe a tailored blazer, paired with a wide belt at the waist. Headed to the gym? Be sure to add a bit of red to show your support! Wear what works for your daily routine.

Whatever your style, February is the month to show your passion. Wear the clothing you love to support a cause. Follow your heart! SWM

Kathie Morris owns The Changing Room. Visit the downtown Syracuse shop at 425 S. Warren St., and the Baldwinsville location at 25 Syracuse St. Connect online at

Clothing by The Changing Room. Hairstyling by Shannon Fleming of Marisa’s Fortress of Beauty. Makeup by Juliana Pastella of Pastel Makeup + Style