Lips of Red – Clothes of Black: The Look is Back!

“Red lipstick is to beauty what the little black dress is to fashion. The difference is that when you walk into a room wearing a red lip, people notice you.” Francois Nars – Famed Makeup Artist.

How true that statement is. Red lips are the bomb! Red lips have long been equated with beauty, confidence, elegance and sex appeal! Luscious lips at their best!

When black clothes are accented by ravenous red lips, well, the look is downright ravenous! Black garments with a red mouth shouts class and sass!

Here is a picture of me, author and fashion enthusiast Nancy Mangano, wearing a simple black dress, black heels and roaring red lipstick. I have on minimal pieces of dress, yet these three things combined project maximum fashion appeal!


Fashion historians ascribe the origins of what is referred to as the “little black dress” to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou. One black dress is considered essential to complete a wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a rule of fashion that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can either be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

As far as red meeting black in fashion, I feel that the two colors mingle together as effortlessly as a happily married couple. Whether the black piece is a dress, a pant suit, a skirt, etc. when black fabrics are meshed with red lips, the look is unstoppable and impossible to ignore!


Prior to the 1920s, the color black in garments was reserved for periods of mourning and considered indecent when worn outside such circumstances. A widow’s mourning dress was closely observed at a time when details in fashion conveyed a sophisticated symbolic language.

During the Victorian and Edwardian ages, a widow was expected to wear several stages of mourning dress for at least two years! Deep or full mourning required the woman to wear plain black clothing with absolutely no decoration for the first year and day of mourning. By the final six months, or half-mourning, the bereaved was allowed to wear muted or neutral colors, with shades and tints of purples being the most common.

After World War I and World War II, as more women entered the workforce, it became common for women to appear in public wearing  black merely as a fashion preference.

Personally, I have a lot of black clothes. I love the color black as dress items!


Here are three absolutely darling pairs of shoes that would knock people’s socks off and would match your black and red ensemble to perfection!


Red lipstick is to your makeup bag what a black dress is to your closet!

Even as we step into spring and summer, lips of red and clothes of black are all that!

A fashion choice at its finest! Demonstrate your fashion flair merely by the colors that you wear!

Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of investigatory work and her lifelong lust of fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at, her author fashion/style blog at, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook page, Nancy Mangano.


About authornancymangano

Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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