Power Women Gravitate Toward This Color For Special Occasions

We talk a lot about the art of power dressing, looking to stylish stars like Amal Clooney and Kate Middleton for inspiration. If there's one common denominator we've noticed in their outfits, it's the color red. Serious ladies almost always gravitate toward this hue for special occasions or when they mean business. So when the wearer walks into the room, you can bet they will command everyone's attention.

Just look at Michelle Obama's 2013 Inaugural gown, or Hillary Clinton's fiery-red suit on debate night. The ladies have clearly figured out the right way to master this color for events, and they are not alone. Read on to see which other key power players have worn red, and then add it to your own color wheel with some shopping.

Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton

Kate chose a bright-red Alexander McQueen dress and a matching red hat by Sylvia Fletcher for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London.

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During Kate and Prince William's tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014, she picked a red coat dress by Catherine Walker.

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For a reception at the Government House during the royal tour of Canada, Kate chose a fitted Preen dress. The look was reminiscent of another power woman's outfit from 21 years ago: Princess Diana's Catherine Walker mini.

Victoria Beckham
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Victoria Beckham

Proof Victoria never lets her street style slip: she wore this fluid dress with chain detailing to an art gallery in New York City.

Angelina Jolie
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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie may wear a lot of black, but the star will put on her brightest reds for special occasions. She attended The Tree of Life premiere in 2014 wearing this one-shoulder Jenny Packham gown.

Michelle Obama
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Michelle Obama

Who could forget Michelle's Jason Wu dress at the 2013 Inaugural Ball? She walked in hand-in-hand with Barack Obama, but all eyes were clearly on her.


During a visit to the US troops in 2012, Michelle covered up her red dress with an embroidered L'Wren Scott cardigan.

Anna Wintour
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Anna Wintour

Anna attended The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People in Media Celebration wearing the boldest of colors: red.

Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney has no reservations on colorful clothing and wore this Proenza Schouler look while out and about.


For a meeting at the United Nations, Amal chose a ruffled Max Mara outfit that was both professional and striking.

Queen Letizia
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Queen Letizia

Queen Letizia welcomed Queen Rania of Jordan to Spain in a body-hugging dress.

Queen Maxima
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Queen Maxima

Queen Maxima kept it modest in a red three-quarter-sleeve dress during a symposium marking 40 years of the protection of women against domestic violence.