Try toning down the red by coordinating it with another color. Black is a good basic color that would do a good job of taking some attention away. You could add a black bolero or cardigan with long sleeves that will cover up the top half so it’s more like a red skirt, or you could hide some of the red a bit with an overskirt like this which would be gorgeous but it would definitely stand out more than the other option.
I think there’s enough pink in the print that it would work well if you find a way to balance it with more pink at the top of the coord like a pink blouse or headwear.
I think what you have could use a little tweaking to really give this gorgeous dress justice. I think a simple first step to take it to the next level would be to replace the white pieces with ivory. It’s more elegant and better suits the muted color scheme. I would then consider switching out the black shoes because it’s such a stark color while the print is so light and easy on the eyes. I think it would be too much of a contrast. A dusty pink like this for example to match the bows would be lovely, or even something brown.
For accessories I would keep to that muted, elegant color palette. Pearl jewelry or antique looking jewelry would be perfect, perhaps with some ivory lace accents and floral accessories. Things like this and this would work perfectly just for a few examples.
I think you could probably get away with that. I would definitely consider working some lighter color, probably that blue, into the blouse area to lighten it up so it isn’t so top heavy. Perhaps you could do a blue neck bow with the black blouse and then maybe incorporate both the black and the blue in your headwear. Then you could draw on the colors from the print for smaller accessories and maybe incorporate them into legwear too, perhaps with black tights or socks that have a light design on them.
Have you considered maybe getting more light colored socks and wearing them with black shoes? I think dark socks with lighter shoes can sometimes look a bit odd depending on the rest of the coord so it would give you more options, and it would help you mix things up in your wardrobe a bit to have pink socks to go with your other pink accents and then more black shoes.
You also mentioned having brown in your wardrobe but no brown shoes. Perhaps now would be a good time to get a brown pair?
First of all I would like to thank you. This is the best way to ask a question about coordinating something. I like to know that you have your own ideas and aren’t just leaving it up to me to do the work so thank you for that.
Anyway, I think for a blouse you would be fine with either black or cream. If you were to do black I would balance it out with some more black and then the gold and pink jewelry would work perfectly, especially if you’re incorporating more of the darker pink of the skirt. Gold jewelry and pink, floral accessories would work nicely.
It can work if you do it well. I can actually give you some examples.
Lilac can work with a lot of other colors too. White and pink work well, or black depending on the look you’re going for. I especially love lilac and black together. Other than offering other color suggestions though I’m not much help without knowing your dress better, knowing your wardrobe, and knowing that you only have until Sunday. I can offer you inspiration though if you look at my lavender tag (basically the same color as lilac in my mind, I just tend to label it differently.)
I honestly think either would work just as well.
Cream and brown would work well with some more accents of mint maybe.