How to wear red at the office

Feb 24, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Red is a sexy, vibrant and fun color. Many of us wear red when going out on a special date or heading to a party. But outside the red power suit, red can be too bold for a conservative office environment. If you love wearing red and want to incorporate it into your workday wardrobe, do so in small doses.

Red cuff braceletRed jewelry

Small red accents can take any outfit from drab to fab. Try red jewelry, from dainty ruby earrings to bright poppy red bangles. We love the Moschitto Designs filigree cuff, available at Nordstrom for just $38.

Rachel Zoe satchel

Red handbag

A glossy red leather bag -- a satchel, a tote or even a laptop case -- can set off your workday wardrobe perfectly. Red is the perfect complement to gray and black fashions which often dominate office attire. Check out the Rachel Zoe satchel from Neiman Marcus, priced at $450, with its classic styling and supple dark red leather.

Tory Burch flatsRed shoes

Slinky red stilettos aren't appropriate for work, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't wear red shoes. Red Mary Jane pumps or wedges can be a great choice to wear with your favorite skirts. Also, team up red ballet flats or loafers with trousers or flat front pants. You'll adore the Tory Burch 'Colette' ballet flat in scarlet red with a navy cap-toe. The colorblock look is very trendy right now. These shoes are priced at $295 at Nordstrom.

red patent bow belt

Red accessories

When the weather outside is frightful, add a red cashmere scarf or wrap. Scarves, hats and other accessories are a terrific way to add some color to your wardrobe. To add a colorful pop to a neutral outfit, consider a red belt. You can wear a skinny patent leather belt over a shift dress or a thicker belt with a pencil skirt and ruffled blouse. This adorable red patent bow belt is under $25 at Express.

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