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It's Official: Red Is a Turn-On

It's Official: Red Is a Turn-On

Red has always been bold, but as it turns out, now it's officially sexy! A new study, as reported by Reuters, offers evidence that men are attracted to women in red. Researchers showed young heterosexual men pictures of women wearing different colors and asked them to rate the women by attractiveness and their desire to both kiss and have sex with them. Needless to say, red was the clear winner.

The study didn't offer any specific explanations for why the color red has this effect on men, except to say it could be an evolutionary trait or just the fact that red has long been associated with love. I'm no evolutionary scientist, but my bet's on the fact that for decades, red has been marketed not just as romantic (Valentine's Day cards and gifts) but also sexy (red lipstick and nail polish). Whatever the reason, if you're looking for a way to get the guys to notice you, a red top might just be the ticket. But we all have our own go-to outfits when we're trying to be sexy; if yours isn't a slinky red dress, what is it?


Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I don't usually wear lipstick, but when I want to pretty myself up I always ask my partner what he would like to see. He always picks either the red or the pink lipstick.
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
KadBunny I was thinking black too! It drives me crazy when some guys wear it the right away!
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
There isn't a single shade of red in my closet.. at all. I don't look good in that color. Except shoes. I do, however, have conquered and still rock the red lip after a loong search for the right shade. :) My boyfriend loves when I wear nothing but a simple black turtle neck, jeans, heels and red lipstick. and cupcakers--I'd say black! soo sexy everytime.
italianblonde italianblonde 8 years
That's an interesting survey. It brought up a really random memory of a day in high school when I wore a red dress and four guys sang Lady in Red behind me that day. Random and no need for me to post that, but it was odd that it came up haha.
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
I LOVE red lipstick. I think it looks okay on me, depends on the color because my skin tone is olive. I wear it sometimes. Red nail polish is my favorite! I can see how red is an attractive color on women. What about guys? Do you think there is a certain color that make a man more attractive?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i actually don't usually gravitate to red although i have a few dresses/pieces of clothing that are in that color. i think that it makes sense that red is a 'sexy' color - but of course it's subjective just like all other things.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
i wear alot of red... i love it. i dont wear red lipstick very often, but when i do, my husband LOOOOVES it :D
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
austerity is right about red and the association with arousal...just check out the book "Survival of the Prettiest: The New Science of Beauty" for anyone who is curious. Red IS sexy!
myystque myystque 8 years
I dislike red lipstick and rarely wear red clothing. I think it's associated with sex now because of the association in past times with prostitutes...but I wonder where that link came from?
javsmav javsmav 8 years
I have red hair, so I can't get away from it but I don't wear red clothes or red lipstick. That would look silly on me. However, I do like red shoes (see left).
CoMMember13630786602261 CoMMember13630786602261 8 years
I dont wear red lipstick...I dont wear lipstick at all. Good ol' chapstick for me. But I do wear alot of red clothing. People always tell me that red is my best color because I have really light skin and eyes and dark hair.
indielove indielove 8 years
I like red, don't LOVE it. I've worn red lipstick before but I depends on the kind if red. I have warm undertones.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
It has something to do with a baboon's butt or something LOL My nickname was 'Red' as a kid. I try not to wear it for that reason.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Too bad I hate the color red.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
Red doesn't look good on me. I have red undertones, and it just makes me look like I have pink skin. Not the best look. For a date out, depending on where we go, I usually wear a nice pair of dark jeans, a pretty blouse, and then some heels. I never want to feel over done, and usually guys like more laid back styles anyway.
bacon1 bacon1 8 years
I never wear red lipstick--It looks horrible on me, although I do wear a lot of red shirts. Hmmm, I'll have to ask my husband what he likes.
austerity austerity 8 years
Red is a turn-on because it emulates the increased blood flow to parts of the body when someone is feeling sexy or aroused (especially lips, cheeks and anything else you can think of :) )
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
lol well my mommy, being the typical latina that she is, has been rocking the red lipstick foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ;)
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
HUM..i know two men who find women with red lipstick a big turn off! They both have said to me..women wearing bright red lipstick look such a mess!
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