From Jessica Rabbit to the dancing emoji lady, the red dress has signified sex appeal and power throughout the ages.

An article in Psychology Today examines the colours of sexual attraction, and unsurprisingly red has been prevalent in positions of power and sexuality throughout history.

These days we associate red with being hot and fun. Despite this, it’s during the autumn and winter months when deep reds and burgundies are synonymous with the rich colours of the seasons and a little festive cheer. But with summer just around the corner there’s no reason why you can’t style up a red dress to see you through the warmer months too. Here are some style tips on how to wear a red dress this year.

With Black

Red and black go together like peas and carrots. It’s a staple look that will never get old. Whether it’s black tights, black ankle boots, a black leather jacket or black accessories like sunglasses, you can bet that the classic combination of the two will be as stylish as it is timeless.

With Denim

For an all-American classic look you can’t beat red with denim. The light hues of a washed-out denim jacket would look perfect with a red maxi dress, but you can also think outside of the box and wear a red dress over denim jeans or jeggings.

With Gold Jewellery

Something about the vibrancy of gold and red together just screams stylish. Picture the beauty of an Indian bride in traditional red sari and gold bangles, statement earrings and other jewellery. The two set against one another just work.

With Floral Print

A dress in block red is undoubtedly a statement, but if you want to embrace the colour on a more subtle scale, then there are plenty of red dresses available on the market that incorporate other bright colours in ditsy or floral prints – an ideal summer staple, particularly a red maxi dress than can be dressed up and down as much as you like. These days we associate red with being hot and fun. Despite this, it’s during the autumn and winter months when deep reds and burgundies are synonymous with the rich colours of the seasons and a little festive cheer. Red and snakeprint also make a combination that is bang on trend this year.

A Nude Sandal

You may not naturally pair nude with red, but the two together work well, especially in the subtle form of an open-toe sandal – ideal for a summer wedding.