Margot Robbie a knockout in dramatic, backless red dress

The Australian actor joined a legion of other celebrities who have proved that a red dress is always a safe bet

Lily James, Florence Pugh and Margot Robbie have all recently proved that a red dress is always a safe bet. (Getty Images)
Lily James, Florence Pugh and Margot Robbie have all recently proved that a red dress is always a safe bet. (Getty Images)

Christian Dior once said there's "certainly a red for everyone". Put plainly, red dresses look good - on everyone. The vibrant hue is even favoured by royalty, with both Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Kate, Princess of Wales regularly opting to wear the colour in one form or another.

"Every skin tone looks great in true primary red," Helen Venables, personal stylist and chair of image consultancy House of Colour, tells us. "That's because all other colours have either more yellow or more blue pigment in them and true red is the one colour that sits right in the mid point."

If you're unsure how to wear it, take notes from some of the most stylish famous women out there, from Princess Diana, to Rihanna and Florence Pugh.

Margot Robbie

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Margot Robbie attends the UK Premiere of
Margot Robbie attends the UK Premiere of Babylon at BFI IMAX Waterloo on January 12, 2023. (Getty Images)

For the UK premiere of Babylon, the Australian actor oozed style in a sweeping, backless Valentino gown that otherwise entirely covered her body. Matching lipstick and a relaxed looped ponytail completed the ensemble.

Lily James

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 10: Lily James attends the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 10, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 10: Lily James attends the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 10, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Lily James was the British belle of the ball at the 2023 Golden Globes, in a dramatic cutout dress by Versace. James let her gown do the talking and kept her make-up natural, with a diamond choker and matching earrings adding a hint of bling without detracting from the outfit.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle wears a bright red gown as she attends an event in March 2020. She began began wearing red dresses after she departed the royal family. (Getty Images)
Meghan Markle began wearing red dresses after she departed the royal family in 2020. (Getty Images)

In the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's controversial Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, Meghan Markle said she only felt comfortable wearing colour again after she stepped down as a senior member of the Firm.

Which is why it was such a statement that one of the gowns Meghan wore for her and Prince Harry's "farewell tour" of the UK in March 2020 was a bright red Safiyaa gown. The duchess truly went out with a bang.

Kate, Princess of Wales

Kate Middleton wears a midi red dress to an engagement in Canada in 2016. (Getty Images)
Kate Middelton has been a long time fan of the classic red dress. (Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales loves to wear a red frock, but perhaps none have been so regal as the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi midi dress with an asymmetrical neckline that she wore for an engagement in Canada during her and the Prince of Wales' tour of the nation in 2016.

Kate Middleton accessorised the look with a pair of plain suede red heels, a red clutch and a diamond maple leaf brooch that was gifted to her by Queen Elizabeth II.

Diana, Princess of Wales

Princess Diana wears a sparkly red gown to a charity event in 1982. (Getty Images)
Diana, Princess of Wales in a red chiffon Bellville Sassoon gown in 1982. (Getty Images)

Just 18 months after her wedding to the now-King Charles III, Diana, Princess of Wales had already cemented her status as a style icon.

Case in point: this red chiffon Bellville Sassoon gown that Diana wore to London's Royal Opera House for a charity gala performance in 1982. Four decades on and the gown wouldn't look out of place on a red carpet today.

Scarlett Johansson

A composite image of Scarlett Johansson wearing red dresses to both the 2006 and 2020 Golden Globes. (Getty Images)
Scarlett Johansson at the 2006 Golden Globes (left) and the 2020 Golden Globes (right). (Getty Images)

Scarlett Johansson is no stranger to wearing a striking red dress on the Golden Globes red carpet.

A decade before the 38-year-old wore a strapless Vera Wang dress with a deep V neckline to the 2020 ceremony, the actor wore a bright red Valentino gown to the 2006 Golden Globes when she was just 21 – the latter becoming that year's most-talked about outfit.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez wears a long red sleeveless Prada dress with a scoop neckline to the 2016 AMAs. (Getty Images)
Selena Gomez stunned in a red Prada dress for the 2016 AMAs. (Getty Images)

Selena Gomez looked stunning when she returned to the red carpet in 2016, after taking a short break due to complications from lupus.

For the 2016 American Music Awards, the singer and actor, now 30, wore a bright red Prada gown with a corseted bodice and flowing skirt.

Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh looks over her shoulder as she is pictured on the red carpet at the British Fashion Awards wearing a red satin Valentino gown. (Getty Images)
Florence Pugh matches her lipstick to her red satin gown at the 2022 British Fashion Awards. (Getty Images)

Florence Pugh was already the undisputed red carpet Queen of 2022 before she wore this red backless Valentino dress in December to the British Fashion Awards.

The deep red satin gown was custom-made for the 26-year-old, and featured pockets and a long train.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman wears a red Balenciaga gown on the 2007 Oscars red carpet. (Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman's neck bow stole the show at the 2007 Oscars. (Getty Images)

It's a truth universally acknowledged that any redhead or strawberry blonde will look striking in red.

Take Nicole Kidman, for example. When the actor was rocking strawberry blonde locks for the 2007 Oscars she went for a bold red with her floor-sweeping Balenciaga gown. It's a simple look, but it's given extra gravitas thanks to the trailing bow stitched onto the neckline.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence poses on the red carpet at the 2016 Golden Globes. She is wearing a red Dior dress with a diamond necklace. (Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence wore a Dior cut-out gown to the 2016 Golden Globes. (Getty Images)

Jennifer Lawrence chose a red Dior gown for her big moment at the 2016 Golden Globes.

The actor, now 32, wore the cut-out, backless gown to claim the Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy, for her performance in Joy. She paired the bold gown simply with a diamond necklace and her blonde hair swept back into a knot.

Zendaya

Zendaya on the CFDA Awards 2021 red carpet wearing a red bandeau top and puffy red skirt. (Getty Images)
Zendaya became the youngest-ever recipient of the Fashion Icon Award at the CFDA Awards in 2021. (Getty Images)

Ask any Gen Z who their current fashion icon is and there's a high chance that they would reply with Zendaya.

The actor, 26, has cemented herself as a leader of the style set, not only claiming the title of one of 2022's best outfits, but with this Alaïa look she wore to the 2021 CFDA Awards where she aptly became the youngest-ever recipient of the Fashion Icon Award.

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson wears a red Dior gown with ruffles and spaghetti straps on the red carpet for the 2016 BAFTAs. (Getty Images)
Dakota Johnson was nominated for the Rising Star award at the 2016 BAFTAs. (Getty Images)

Dakota Johnson (and her ever-coveted fringe) wore red to the 2016 BAFTAs where she was nominated for the Rising Star award.

The slinky Dior gown featured spaghetti straps and ruffles all the way to the floor. She paired the look with a swipe of red lipstick and her hair in a casual style.

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o on the 2014 Golden Globes red carpet wearing a caped Ralph Lauren dress. (Getty Images)
Lupita Nyong'o looked chic on the 2014 Golden Globes red carpet in Ralph Lauren. (Getty Images)

Lupita Nyong'o was arguably the best-dressed celebrity on the 2014 Golden Globes red carpet, where she donned a Ralph Lauren Collection off-the-shoulder gown complete with a billowing cape.

She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave, which she later won the Oscar for.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive at the Intrepid Museum's 2021 Salute to Freedom gala. (Getty Images)
Meghan Markle shone in red next to Prince Harry at the Intrepid Museum's 2021 Salute to Freedom gala in New York. (Getty Images)

Post-royal life, Meghan Markle stepped up her fashion game and this red dress has been one of her standout moments.

The duchess, 41, wore a bright red Carolina Herrera gown, with a deep V neckline and flowing overlayed skirt. She complemented the dress with a pair of red Giuseppe Zanotti slingback heels.

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival wearing a slinky red dress with a hip-high slit. (Getty Images)
Bella Hadid admitted she was nervous about wearing a dress with a hip-high slit to Cannes. (Getty Images)

Bella Hadid's 2016 Cannes look was sultry and sexy, and instantly became an iconic red dress moment.

However, the supermodel, now 26, later said that she "regretted" the Alexandre Vauthier look because of her nerves around the hip-high slit.

"I was nervous in this dress. I look very sexual and all these things. I was still nervous about cameras and nervous about having a lot of makeup on and nervous about... this slit was, like – thank God, I think that maybe there was one little slip that happened. But I kind of get embarrassed of this moment still, even though the dress is gorgeous," she told Vogue.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones poses on the 2015 Golden Globes red carpet wearing a strapless Ángel Sánchez red ballgown. (Getty Images)
Catherina Zeta-Jones wore a voluminous Ángel Sánchez dress to the 2015 Golden Globes. (Getty Images)

Long before Catherine Zeta-Jones donned an all-black wardrobe for her stint as Morticia Addams in Netflix's Wednesday, she was bringing bright hues to the red carpet.

The actor has always looked stunning in red, but perhaps none so much as her 2015 Golden Globes look. The strapless Ángel Sánchez look kept things interesting with its ruched satin fabric at the bust.

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried wears a bright red tulle gown to the 2021 Oscars. (Getty Images)
Amanda Seyfried wore a custom Armani gown to the 2021 Oscars. (Getty Images)

The 2021 Academy Awards was the first big red carpet back as pandemic restrictions began to lift, so it's understandable that the stars went all-out.

Amanda Seyfried's dramatic gown was the perfect outfit for a red carpet return, and was designed by Giorgio Armani himself.

"I wanted to highlight Amanda’s personality with this dress, which gives shape to passion," Armani told Vogue. "Finely pleated, it forms into a petal shape like an upside-down flower, enhanced by a hibiscus red hue."

Rihanna

Rihanna poses on the red carpet wearing a bright red Giambattista Valli couture gown. (Getty Images)
Rihanna wears a billowing Giambattista Valli couture gown during a London red carpet in 2017. (Getty Images)

All eyes were on Rihanna in 2017, when she stepped out in London at the premiere for Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets wearing a crimson red Giambattista Valli Couture gown.

The off-the-shoulder gown was fitted around the bust before bursting into a voluminous skirt that trailed behind the singer. She paired it simply with red lipstick and her hair slicked back.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston on the 2013 Oscars red carpet wearing a bright red strapless Valentino gown. (Getty Images)
Jennifer Aniston proved that sometimes it's the simplest looks that make the most impact at the 2013 Oscars. (Getty Images)

Jennifer Aniston ended her four-year hiatus from attending the Oscars in 2013 by rocking up to the event wearing a show-stopping Valentino gown.

The simple strapless gown allowed the red hue to shine, and the actor paired it with her signature pin-straight blonde locks, and minimal makeup. During the evening she presented an award with former Friends co-star, Paul Rudd.

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