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Go with ‘energetic’ red as color to spice up fall wardrobe

To “see red” conventionally means to become really angry.

But this fall, sightings of scarlet signify blazer-friendly temperatures, foliage-rich road trips and pinot noir-fueled chats.

“Red is a really energetic color that brings to mind happy and bright attitudes,” says Dina Mackney, a Reston, Va.-based jewelry designer who’s showing lots of ruddy gems – garnets, rubies – in her chunky bracelets and dramatic necklaces (sold at

And the regal color comes in so many shades (oxblood, Nancy Reagan-cerise, crimson) that nearly anyone can wear it. Plus red stars both in daywear and cocktail dresses, as well as handbags, jeans, accessories and makeup.

But don’t get flushed over red’s endless possibilities: It’s a flattering, flaming effect whether you indulge a little (shoes, a shapely bag) or a lot (head-to-toe berry shades).

Another reason for red: it can be “a bold statement or can be worn in a more conservative way,” Mackney says.