Not only did Taylor Swift release her album Red (yeah, I maybe listen to it a lot), but we’ve also seen her rocking red dresses and red lipstick quite a bit. It turns out, the singer may be onto something when it comes to self-empowerment.
According to a poll of 1,000 women conducted by the British Heart Foundation, 40 percent of the women who responded said that when they wore red they felt it upped their “professional confidence.” It didn’t have to be a full head-to-toe red wardrobe either! Twenty-six percent of the women polled said that even putting some red on their lips had a positive effect on their confidence. It’s actually pretty cool how the color was able to perk them up!
But 29 percent of the women said they wished they were brave enough to wear more red. To them I say, “I know you can rock it!” I myself actually don’t wear all that much red, but I got a red coat for Christmas that I LOVE, and I do feel pretty confident wearing it as I strut down the NYC streets. If you’re at all a little nervous about bringing red into your wardrobe or simply aren’t sure where to start, we’ve found 10 awesome items for under $10 that’ll hopefully get you some of those “I feel amazing!” benefits.
Nail PolishWe gave you some great nail art ideas recently, but sometimes a simple, but vibrant red polish is just the thing to do the trick. OPI's Big Apple Red looks classic, and you can order it from TheBeautyPlace.com for only $6.95. Source: TheBeautyPlace.com
RingA fun ring is a quick way to make a statement (and maybe even complement your stunning manicure!). This cute one with the heart and bow is a quick way to show your sense of fun and style (plus, personal style thought - with the little gold bow, it's easy to accessorize with more gold jewelry!). This one is available from Accessorize.com for $8. Source: Accessorize.com
GlovesThe word that comes to mind for these is "darling!" These gloves from ModCloth.com are adorable and very sophisticated. Did we mention affordable? Right now you can get them for only $9.99! Source: ModCloth.com
BraceletRock some red with this $5 bracelet from ONE and (RED), but also feel good about the cause it supports: a dollar from each of these bracelets sold goes to The Global Fund. Both ONE and (RED) are working together as part of the efforts to see that by 2015, we reach "The Beginning of the End of AIDS." The bracelets are actually from a South African non-profit called Relate that provides work opportunities and support for people whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Source: JoinRed.Shop.MusicToday.com
LipstickPucker up! I always feel like I smile more when I am wearing red lipstick, and when I'm smile, I feel more confident! You may need to look around for the shade that's just right for you, but feel free to start out by trying L'Oreal Coulour Riche in British Red. You can get it at Ulta.com for $7.99. Source: Ulta.com
SunglassesBelieve me, sunglasses really are year-round accessories. These fun cat-eye shaped ones with the red frames will be perfect if you're cruising town (and maybe want to have a little bit of mystery!). You can get them now from UrbanOutfitters.com for only $9.99. Source: UrbanOutfitters.com
TightsConfession: I love tights. I wore them with my school uniform a lot, and they're a fun way to bring a pop of color to your outfit. These ones from OldNavy.com are a steal - usually they're $6.50, but right now they're marked at $3.57. Source: OldNavy.com
BagReusable totes are fabulous. I feel great when I can just throw my purchases right into my own bag. With this cute red one, now you can also feel more confident when you go shopping. This BAGGU for J.Crew even folds up to save space when you're not using it. It's on sale at JCrew.com now for $5.99. Source: JCrew.com
T-ShirtWe sometimes feel more confident when we're dressed to the nines, but I think it's totally doable to be confident in a comfy tee. Try getting a boost of confidence (and comfort) from this crew neck T-shirt from OldNavy.com for only $9.50. Source: Old Navy
PajamasSo maybe you wouldn't wear these out, but who says you can't feel confident lounging around the house on Saturdays or at your next girls night sleepover? Plus, I love that these have a star design on them because YOU are a star, too! These SONOMA life + style microfleece (oooh, comfy!) ones are available at Kohls.com right now for only $8. Source: Kohls.com
Do you often wear red? Do you have a favorite red outfit? Do you feel more confident when you wear it? Tell us in the comments!