My 5 Tips For Wearing Red

My tips for wearing red may be a little different to yours. That’s because I have previously been someone that doesn’t like wearing a lot of colour. Or let me re-phrase that- any colour! Bright colour used to scare the crap out of me, as I thought it didn’t suit my skin tone. Getting my head around the idea of wearing red was a bit of an adjustment.

We all know red is an ‘it’ colour now. It was strong down the runways of Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Valentino and everyone will continue to wear it in 2018. Here are my tips for incorporating red into your wardrobe now.

1. Tone- Much like red lipstick, there is a red tone to suit any person or skin tone. It may be burgundy, ruby red or crimson that takes your fancy, or you could be like me, and an orange-red is your jam. Work out what you feel most comfortable wearing and make this red your go-to. It doesn’t mean you can’t wear other red hues from time to time, but it’s good to know what works best for you.

2. Mix it with clean whites- There is something about red and white that always works in my books. It could be the fact that I am a big lover of wearing white. I think pairing white is the beginner’s step to wearing red, I find that it looks crisp and smart. White and red is easy to mix in together for those of you like me, that have previously been scared of wearing a bright colour.

You can start off by mixing in a little red like I have done here with my Alessandra Rich skirt (similar here) skirt. Once you get more confidence, you can then work in more red accessories. A pair of red points would look amazing with my look here.

3. Wear it from head to toe – Now this isn’t a look for the faint-hearted, it can be a little confronting when you first try it on. I know I felt very ‘look at me’ when I wore this look, but it’s powerful, and you feel just that way when you wear it. You don’t even need to mix the textures or prints, just wear that one colour, all matching, from head to toe. Make sure you don’t forget about accessories either, and that means sunglasses, shoes and even red lipstick. Save this look for a key event, and you will make a statement.

4. Team red and green together- I know this can feel a little too festive for some people, and I don’t blame you, but we can thank Gucci for showing us how to make it work. It’s all about the tone of your reds and greens, I pretty much just copy the tones that Gucci have used when I pair my red and green together. Like crimson and emerald green look insane together. You also don’t want too much green or red, so pick your piece if it’s your shoes or bag- these are the pieces I would choose to be red and then you can team it with a cool army green skirt or even a print with a little green through it.

5. Go all out- I wore a red dress to Oaks Day at the spring racing carnival a few weeks ago, and I thought why not pair red with pink, so I wore a pair of pink points (similar here) These are two colours that are never meant to be worn together, but fashion rules are meant to be broken and hey it worked. If it feels a little too out there, then you can start small like I did with your shoes or small accessories.

Wearing: Balenciaga Knife Pumps , Alessandra Rich Crinkled-Taffeta blouse with lace inserts and Alessandra Rich High Waisted Mini Skirt ( similar here )

Photography: Katie Fergus

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