Black is the quintessential winter color. It's neutral enough to wear with everything and can even disguise any extra pounds you've gained from holiday overeating.
If you hear a siren song when you look at this tomato red dress, you're not alone. Red has long been thought of as a seductive color that is especially attractive to men. This Ralph Lauren dress ($198 at Nordstrom.com) is not just a sexy Christmas dress -- it would make a hot number for Valentine's Day!
Blame it on all of the recent vampire movies, but blood red lips are also back in style this winter (along with pale, otherworldly skin, of course.) Both Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte in Red Temptation ($34 at Sephora.com) and the budget-friendly Neutrogena MoistureShine Lipstick in Cherry Twist ($9.49 at Ulta.com) boast SPF 15 and SPF 20 to protect you from bursting into flames on a rare, sunny winter day.
Feeling a little drab with your cold-weather wardrobe and want to add some sparkle? Because it's a neutral, metal tone, silver works well in the winter to add some zing to your outfit. It also flatters just about every skin tone. Swap your summer canvas tote bags for this silver Xhilaration one ($9.99 at Target.com) or make like J.Lo and add some rich shimmer to your eyes with Kevin Aucoin's The Essential Eyeshadow in dark silver. ($28 at Beauty.com)
If you only invest in one color trend this winter, make it purple. Once a color associated with royalty and wealth because of the rareness of its dye, purple, a mixture of hot reds and cool blues, is universally flattering and can now be affordably found on everything from dresses to shoes this winter.
For a regal look, take a cue from Christian Dior's tone-on-tone runway show and scoop up this knee-length royal purple sweaterdress ($24.99 at VictoriasSecret.com) and pair with another purple accessory, like these grape-colored Michael Kors pumps ($136.50 at ShopBop.com
One of the biggest nail trends on the runways this past fall was mint green polish. Chanel models, like the ones above, strutted down the catwalk wearing Chanel's classic lacquer in Jade, a light green polish that is currently sold out at most department stores. Luckily, many other brands have put their own spins on the mint green trend, like Essie with their Mint Candy Apple polish. ($4.25 at Amazon.com)
For those who are afraid of looking more like the Grinch than a mint-green goddess this winter, you can also incorporate the trend into your look by adding just a splash of green to your outfit with a pair of gloves, such as these Kashmere fingerless ones ($36 at Bluefly.com) or a statement scarf, like this Hand-Woven Thai Silk Scarf ($45.99 at Overstock.com). Read 10 Colorful winter scarves under $25 for the lowdown on ten of this season's hottest and most affordable scarves.
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