The Power of Red: 4 Reasons to Wear This Rosy Hue

It’s no surprise this color leads the rainbow. Energetic. Commanding. Passionate. Vibrant to the nth degree. It also happens to be a heck of a statement when incorporated into your wardrobe. Here are four reasons no one should be without a little red.

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1. Fact: Though typically thought to only make women more alluring, a study that surveyed women in the U.S., Germany, and China proved that men, too, are more desirable when wearing this bright hue.

2. There’s a reason so many songs depict a “Lady in Red” – and, according to this TIME article, it triggers a come-hither effect without fail.

3. Whether rocking a tie, shoes, or lipstick in this eye-catching color, it’s an absolute no-brainer to wear around the office. Channeling confidence and control, this is one shade you should never face any meeting, client appointment, or interview without.

4. There is one overarching, awesome reason to wear this king of the color spectrum: it’s the number-one hue for heart disease awareness. There’s even a national day to flaunt your best reds (the next one is February 7, 2014… mark your calendars).

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By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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July 13, 2013

Rue Horoscopes: July

Get a glimpse into your stylish future – minus the crystal ball

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We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Cancer
Overstaying your welcome? No one wants that. Luckily, there’s an antidote: presents. Whether it’s a dinner party where you linger into the wee hours or a (very) long weekend at a friend’s, they’ll be so thrilled with a trinket from your well-stocked gift closet they won’t even notice.

Leo
Admit it – you think you’re as close to royalty as they come (it’s okay, we won’t tell). So why not decorate like it? Think over-the-top plushness, ornate chandeliers, and luxe fabrics at every turn. Just avoid going for the whole crown look… trust us.

Virgo
Forget introspection for the time being. Right now is all about analyzing and perfecting what your living room says about you. Ditch that faux wood coffee table, mix in greys and golds, and curate your own gallery for one serious accent wall.

Libra
No worries – you’re a little indecisive, and that’s okay. There’s a way to put that “skill” to good use at home. If you can’t decide between motifs (to go with boho-style floor pillows or modern leather chairs?), switch it up every season. Problem solved.

Scorpio
Believe it or not, people don’t want to hear you bragging about your gorgeous new patio furniture or those oh-so-perfect serving pieces. So throw a summer soiree – complete with twinkle lights and all kinds of tapas – and let the compliments flow naturally.

Sagittarius
Stop. Just stop. Worrying about the inevitable onslaught of fall doesn’t do any good. Instead, embrace the present by lounging on the beach from dawn to dusk. Round up that colorful folding chair, a carry-friendly grill, and a good crowd. And remember a sweater for the bonfire.

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July 3, 2013

Rue Horoscopes: June

Get a glimpse into your stylish future – minus the crystal ball

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We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Gemini
Running full speed ahead all the time has its perks (say it with us: multitasking). But you know what’s better? Crazy-soft pajamas, breakfast in bed, and a full season of Girls on demand. Pretty sure that’s worth slowing down for.

Cancer
Okay – we’ve all wanted to cancel every plan on the social calendar. Here’s how to get out of that funk: treat yourself to that fit-and-flare dress you’ve been eyeing, then get a blowout (or a haircut). You’ll be showing off your updated look to your newly adoring public in no time.

Leo
What’s the best way to show someone you care? Give them a few of their favorite things. Grab something comforting (like a beyond-soft throw) and a stack of their guilty-pleasure glossies, then clear your schedule to join in on the vegging out.

Virgo
It happens to the best of us: closet boredom. And the best way to treat this style-crushing condition starts with the basics. Update those white tees, go-to jeans, and LBDs, then get started on the accessories.

Libra
You’re a giver. But it’s okay to let other people do things for you sometimes. So hit the spa and totally unwind while those magician-style massage therapists work their magic on your knotted shoulders. Mission accomplished.

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June 5, 2013

Rue Horoscopes: May

Get a glimpse into your stylish future – minus the crystal ball

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We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Taurus
Big changes are on the horizon. Translation? Your shoe collection is about to get a major overhaul. Toss those worn-in sandals from last year (along with the excuses) and restock with one pair for every spring trend – bold stripes and ankle straps included.

Gemini
Quit being apprehensive about rocking a cutout one-piece at the beach this season and take the plunge. Not only will you set the crazy-stylish tone among your own posse, you’ll take the entire ocean by storm.

Cancer
The quickest way to make some changes? Step out of that comfort-zone hibernation and into a refreshingly new experience (three-day-long spa retreats totally count).

Leo
Don’t be thrown by recent drama. Instead, surround yourself with things that make you incandescently happy, like brand new strappy wedges, those first few drinks on a patio, and froyo. Lots of froyo.

Virgo
If there’s one thing you can count on for spring, it’s (what feels like) a completely new wardrobe. And with certainty comes the ability to plan. Puerto Rico, here you come – umbrella-clad cocktails are calling.

Libra
There’s a secret behind that silver lining everyone’s been talking about (girl-crush Jennifer Lawrence not included). It comes in the form of metallic, buttery leather accessories. Feeling more positive yet?

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May 1, 2013

Rue Horoscopes: April

Get a glimpse into your stylish future – minus the crystal ball

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We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Aries
The whole world may seem like it’s against you right now – your size sold out in two minutes flat again?! – but don’t freak out. Here’s a fix: Set better reminders, block out time on your calendar (you have a VERY important meeting at 11AM), and click faster than you’ve ever clicked before.

Taurus
You have strong beliefs, especially when it comes to wardrobe rules about transitioning from cold temps to bring-on-the-beach weather. The first cardinal rule for April? Break out the white pants, immediately.

Gemini
Life is all about negotiations – you know that better than anyone. You bartered for that statement-making tapestry in the living room and your wardrobe is the result of some very quick thinking at a sample sale. Now, it’s time for you to talk your way to a higher credit limit.

Cancer
If you’re looking for some clarity (and let’s be serious, who isn’t?), there are a few simple steps you can take to turn your home into the best place for clear thinking. Step 1: Put out a vase with an odd number of bamboo stalks. Step 2: Clear the clutter – all of it. Step 3: Keep color palettes neutral.

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April 3, 2013

The Anatomy of the Classic Trench

Slowly warming temps tell us it’s time to start peeling off the layers, and there’s no better transitional tool than your go-to trench. With a ladylike silhouette and versatility that demands you own one in at least three colors, this timeless piece of outerwear is synonymous with spring. But how did it earn such a coveted reputation? Aside from its historical war experience (the coat was first worn in the 1820s in the military trenches – get it? Trench. Coat?), this garment’s popularity comes from its flattering bodywork:

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By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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March 16, 2013

Rue Horoscopes: March

Get a glimpse into your stylish future – minus the crystal ball

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We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Pisces
You know that overload of compassion you’re feeling to help pretty much everyone? Use it as inspiration for your looming closet clean-out and donate more than usual… and then rapidly replace those items with some printed skinnies and a silk blouse.

Aries
There are few things better than feeling totally independent – and no one knows this better than you. Example A: You saw that wrap dress. You wanted that wrap dress. You hit Quick! Buy It. Independence rules.

Taurus
Spring has a tendency to be exhausting – between achieving New Year’s resolutions, saying goodbye to winter, and that annual cleaning, who could blame you. Just don’t forget to take a breather. Especially if it’s in the form of a very long bubble bath.

Gemini
Sometimes it’s hard to balance those more fun items on your social calendar with your less-than-favorable obligations (patio party or project proposal?). On second thought, forget the balancing act – springtime is synonymous with party time.

Cancer
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that expression is all about being in the moment. And this moment is calling for (lots of) animal prints and a seriously bold crimson lip.

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March 6, 2013

The Fitting Room: Best Prints for Your Body Type

How to wear patterns that complement your curves

When it comes to wearing prints, it’s all about what catches the eye first. It’s important to know where to place them in order to accentuate your best features and disguise those trouble areas. As an overall guideline, place printed items on areas that deserve a little extra attention.

First things first – identify your body type. We come in all shapes and sizes, but rest assured – so do prints.

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Petite
Height isn’t on your side, so make friends with vertical stripes that will lengthen your silhouette. If you’re not into stripes, keep in mind that patterns with elements larger than your fist will overpower your petite frame.

Long and Lean
Exercise your right to pull off large and bold prints. Monotonous prints will make you appear a little lanky, but a bold print will draw the eye toward the torso and away from limbs.

Pear Shape
This one’s a given: draw the eye upward by wearing a busy print on top. Play around with colors and wear that flattering floral blouse – over and over again.

Fuller Bust
The pear shape’s alter ego. Reverse the advice and choose a printed skirt or pant to offset a top-heavy appearance. Lucky for you, printed bottoms are a hot trend for spring 2013.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

How do you wear your prints? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ruelala, then check out our The Fitting Room column every Monday.

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March 4, 2013

Rue Road Test: 3 Shoe Trends to Try

Start from the bottom up with these flashy footwear fads

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It’s easy to settle into a shoe rut at this time of year – when wool socks feel like a must-have accessory and the snow banks only seem to be growing higher – but a weekend trip to NYC gave me the perfect excuse to kick off my boots and try some of the hottest shoe trends of the season.

Sneaker wedges: I really wasn’t sold on the concept of heeled sneakers (even after Beyoncé rocked them in the Love on Top video) – until I tried them on. Not only are they super comfortable and easy to walk in, they look effortlessly cool with both pants or bare legs. I wore these black suede lace-ups with an oversized camouflage jacket, tights, and a black minidress for a low-key night out.

Spiked pumps: These nude spiked pumps are definitely not for the faint of heart. I love them because they’re a bit more subtle and easier to pull off in the office than their metallic counterparts, but are still on-trend. If you haven’t completely warmed up to the look, try a style with a cap-toe or spiked heel.

Pop of color: These turquoise suede platform pumps are perfect for achieving a head-to-toe colorblocked look. I paired these puppies with another bright on top – try coral or fuchsia – and had all eyes on me.

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

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February 23, 2013

Rue Horoscopes: February

Get a glimpse into your stylish future – minus the crystal ball

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We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Aquarius
What’s life without a little mystery? This month, experiment with wearing sultry underpinnings beneath your everyday uniform and revel in knowing something the world doesn’t – and in the extra boost of confidence that inevitably follows.

Pisces
Spring is in the air (well, according to Punxsutawney Phil), so that means it’s time to start thinking Pantone® colors, eye-catching prints, and everything lace (just don’t take the plunge until the snow clears).

Aries
Warmer days are looming (and so is a packed social calendar). The best plan of attack? Start shopping the sale racks for winter steals and the fresh spring collections for a personally curated look that transitions without missing a beat – or a credit card payment.

Taurus
Last spring was all about pleats and peplum, but this year? Quit playing it safe and go for a more daring trend (crop top, anyone?) – you might like what you discover.

Gemini
The last-minute party invite: we all secretly love the drama, but how to get event-ready? Touch up your makeup with whatever’s on hand (mascara can double as eyeliner), let your hair down (literally, then give it a tousle, too), and get ready to schmooze.

Cancer
Counteract any wayward emotions this month with the secret recipe that cures all: one venting session, two new statement necklaces (two-for-one deals totally count), and a batch of these three-ingredient brownies that are mostly Nutella. Repeat as needed.

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February 6, 2013