What Color Jewelry Goes With a Red Dress

A red dress is one of those items that are magnificent in our closet. But then there's the question of what color jewelry to pair with it. I believe there is more than just one right answer. In fact, we could safely assume that the combinations are limitless.

Insider tip: When you pick up something at the store and ask “what would I wear with this,” think about my color recipe (post here, here, and here). The same works with colors for accessories and even footwear.

I think the answer to most of our queries about color pairings is that ANY of them will work. You just have to try them and see how YOU like them. Remember our style is for us and us alone. You don’t put together a look so others will like it.

Lesley is showing 5 options of different colored jewelry.



3-Black & Sliver


5- Shared on the blog post

Dress: Jostar~~ Shoes: Walking Cradles “Conway” (not available now) c/o

Red Dress

This is a workhorse of a dress in Lesley’s closet. Why? Because it’s a fabulous color on her and a simple design that can be worn for most seasons.

In fact, you can see how she layered over it for the winter here and then used it as a backdrop for styling a scarf here.

If you worry that a red dress would be too bright for your daily life, I would hope you might reconsider that idea. Our goal is not to blend in and be invisible. Each and every woman deserves to stand out and be noticed.

Insider tip: Red is a powerful color. If you need to take baby steps to start wearing it, try burgundy instead as Nancy wore here.

I’d also like to point out that Lesley is wearing a matching belt with the dress. If you need to make your dress more fitted, a matching belt can do the trick without being a focal point.

Necklace: estate sale~~Beaded bracelet: Steinmart~~Earrings: Steinmart

Wooden Jewelry

Lesley started off the fashion show with her wood jewelry. Her necklace is made up of different shades of wooden beads and then she had wooden bracelets and brown earrings to coordinate.

Insider tip: If you like the subtle contrast of the wood color with the red, but don’t have any wooden jewelry, metallics in bronze would give you the same look.

Necklace: thrifted~~Bracelet: thrifted

Pastels or Lighter Jewelry

For this example of what color jewelry goes with a red dress, Lesley showed off a lighter pairing than the wood. There could be many variations of this. Just think that you would want pieces that are lighter in brightness than the red dress.

For example, white or ivory jewelry would be perfect too.

Necklace: estate sale~~Bracelet: Sedona boutique

Black and Silver

Now the opposite of the lighter jewelry would be a darker option that really contrasts against the red. And for Lesley’s choice, that would be black and silver.

Notice how this example is with a shorter necklace as opposed to the longer ones she had been showing. Both look great, and there is no right or wrong.

Necklace: Macys~~Bracelet: Sedona boutique~~Tote: thrifted


The combination of red and turquoise is stunning and one that I had never considered before I started blogging. Yet it makes sense when you think of all of the amazing Indian jewelry that combines both of these colors together.

Lesley has worn this necklace with other kinds of baubles on it in the past. It’s the perfect example of how even our accessories can wear accessories, haha!

But for this example, she just added a pendant necklace to layer with the turquoise bead necklace.

Insider tip: Notice how the color of the tote bag ties it all together so well. Don’t underestimate the power of your purse as part of the outfit.

Make sure to check out her last option on the blog.

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Jodie Filogomo
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