Time to wear your heart on your sleeves

It is the season to unabashedly wear your heart on your sleeves. And no matter what your plans are for this Valentine ’s Day, there is no harm in playing a little dress up. From a demure lacy gown and dramatic strapless number to bolder options, you are not short of an inspiration to try on a new red dress.

Red roses are the traditional way to say “I love you,” and are, therefore, the most popular flower sent on Valentine’s Day. However, think beyond red this year. Valentine’s Day is when we celebrate love, of course, but in the people we love, there is often much more to celebrate. Luckily, for most every feeling and sentiment, there is a colour of rose. Red is associated with energy, strength, power, and danger. But it also symbolizes passion, love, and desire.

The colour red increases your heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure. Maybe that’s why it’s used in the “red-light district.” Red is an attention-grabbing and emotionally intense colour. It enhances physical reactions, which is why retailers use it with signs to stimulate people to make quick buying decisions. And why you’d never give someone a red rose. Red roses symbolize passion and deep love, and they’re reserved for romantic relationships, or those hoping for one. The colour red has high visibility — good for stop signs, signals and fire extinguishers. It’s used to denote danger too. I suppose you’re in dangerous territory when you fall in love.