I often talk about adding more color to your wardrobe. In this article, I will be looking at how to wear red in many different ways with plenty of red outfit ideas.
Red, the color of love, looks fabulous year round – whether heading towards the festive season, wearing for a date, or pairing with fresh colors for a vacation (if you’re lucky enough to manage one this year!)
You’ll find plenty of my own outfit ideas and also how you can find your right shade of red.
How to wear red
The color red is especially good for women with a warm skin tone like myself, as it brightens up your complexion and makes you shine even more.
However, even if you have a cooler skin tone, you can still wear this color and look amazing. No matter what your skin tone, there’s the perfect shade of red.
Red makes an impact. When you wear red, people will notice you. Red is also a very versatile color. Easy to combine with black, white, blue, camel and so many other colors.
I’m growing ever more fond of red and have learned to embrace the color for myself.
You can can wear red in a subtle way by wearing a red accessory or you can make a bolder statement with the color. Whatever your comfort zone with the color red, there is a way to add this color to your wardrobe for everyone.
Let’s explore all the different ways on how you can wear red!
Wearing a bold color like red with just one other color is your easiest option and one of the nicest and easiest options by far is to pair it with white. It’s also one of my favorite combinations.
Red outfit ideas from the runways
Red is always on trend no matter what the season. For winter and fall 2020, there was plenty of red on the runways. You can see more color trends in this article.
Red clothes to choose in stores now
Take a look below at some of the most stylish red clothes to choose. Continue reading for red outfit ideas, including colors that compliment red.
The perfect red top
Wearing a red top is my most used choice for wearing red. Nothing brightens my face and makes me come more alive than wearing red close to my face. I have several red tops in several colors that I wear with both pants and skirts.
You could easily wear the red top below with your white or blue jeans.
As the weather starts to cool, a cozy sweater is one of life’s essentials. Red adds a pop of color even on the dreariest of days.
Emma (above) matches her sweater to her booties.
A red blazer is a great option for adding style and color to even the simplest of outfits. Opt for an open, single-breasted or a belted style.
Have you chosen a new coat yet for winter? Rather than choosing a neutral shade, why not make a big impact with your outerwear this year?
Also, take a look at how to wear a coat.
Often you may wear a brighter color on top and a neutral shade on the bottom. However, a pair of red pants can really elevate your style.
Petra (above) opts for burgundy pants and pairs with pink.
A red dress makes a statement on its own. You could choose a red dress rather than a little black dress if you have a dinner or event to attend.
You could wear a red skirt with so many things you already have in your closet, such as your winter sweaters, t-shirts or shirts.
Jo (above) wears a fabulous red asymmetrical skirt and adds lots more red to her outfit.
If you’d like to include red as part of your style but want to do it in a subtle way, red accessories are the way to go.
Red add a bit of polish to your look and red shoes can each outfit a lift. These shoes are stylish and comfortable.
A red bag can give an otherwise monochrome or neutral outfit a lift. Or you could opt for a red scarf, necklace or earrings.
Kim (above) teams her burgundy dress and boots with a red box bag.
Colors that go with red
Now that you’re thinking about how to add red to your outfit, what colors should you wear with it?
Alison (above) chooses red and pink.
If I like to get more ideas on how to combine a certain color and create really interesting combinations, I go to colourlovers. This tool allows you to see many color palettes immediately and will give you lots of ideas. Just search for red in the colour palettes search box and you will instantly get lots of different options.
Below are some great color combinations I found.
These color palettes have inspired me to create the looks below:
Red and white
Red and white looks chic and understated. If you don’t want too much red close to your face, combine it with a white top.
Renata (above) creates a flattering, elongating effect by wearing white and then adding a long, red cardigan over the top.
Red and black
Many of you prefer black to white and that is a great easy option too.
Nadine (above) wears her red dress with black boots and accessories.
Red and gray
Gray is a softer option to black and you may find it more flattering. It’s the perfect neutral to wear with red.
Erika (above) wears a red blouse with her gray skirt.
Red and shocking pink: Red dress outfit
Once considered a fashion faux pas, wearing red and pink together is now a modern pairing.
Shanna (above) wears a red and pink print dress with red heeled sandals (and red nail varnish).
What color compliments red: Red and burgundy
If you prefer your red to be more muted you can also opt for a darker red like burgundy or marsala (which is actually the color of the year!). Here are some color palettes for wearing burgundy. Team with a brighter shade for an on-trend look.
Psyche (above) wears her burgundy with tan shoes and gold accessories.
Red outfits for women: A capsule wardrobe for you
Below, you can see the red outfits together in one capsule wardrobe, which you can easily adapt to the weather where you are.
Red outfits for women: More examples on how to wear red
Below you will find even more inspiration on how to wear red with lots of my own outfits, including suggestions on the colors that go best with red:
Colors that compliment red: Red and white
A loose cropped red top from Stella Carakasi which you can layer with tops underneath.
A refreshing red and white look for spring and summer.
You can also wear this color combination during transitional weather.
This is one of my favorite skirts and it combines with a lot of my tops like this white top from CK Calvin Klein.
You can do the reverse if you do like to have red close to your face as I do as it brightens up my complexion. Same sophistication, just slightly different.
White and red works well in a print too.
Red is the perfect color to make a white dress more interesting and vibrant.
Colors that match with red: Red and gold
For more glamour add a bit of gold into the mix!
Red skirt outfit
All red outfits
Sometimes you just want to stand out and nothing shows more confidence to the world than an all-red outfit.
Red and brown
I love red with brown and (animal) print.
Red and blue
Red and blue is another versatile combination. Instead of a skirt, opt for some great blue jeans! A very traditional and always chic combination is red with blue and white. It creates a marine look that is always in style.
Red blouse outfit
A chic color twist on my favorite asymmetric pieces.
Red and purple
More unusual is red with purple, but it is actually a really good combination as this look shows.
Red, white and black/gray
Black and white always works well with red and creates a more graphical look.
Red, fuchsia and gray
A more unusual combination for an arty look.
Burgundy with orange
A beautiful color combination with the colors of fall.
Add a print into the mix!
Adding a third color will often make your outfit more interesting and dynamic. This will be further enhance if you add some print as well. You can do that within your clothing or with an accessory or shoe.
A chic floral jacket with jeans.
Do you find it hard to wear red? Try accessories!
If red is normally not your color or you are afraid to stand out, then opt for a red accessory. It often really brightens up your outfit and adds extra interest.
Wear red sunglasses
Comfortable and chic.
Add a red hat or some red lipstick
Add a red bag as a color accent
Soft green with red.
Look how much more fun and interesting this outfit is with the addition of a red bag!
Adding red accessories is also a great tactic when you want to wear clothes that are not necessarily the best color for you. Wearing the gray without the red would be too bland for me.
Add a necklace with a red color accent
Sometimes all you need is a red necklace or pendant.
Add a red scarf
Add some red shoes
I wear my red shoes a LOT. It’s so easy to make a neutral outfit more interesting by adding some red shoes!
I hope this guide on how to wear red has given you some inspiration to wear this color! Perhaps you like to give it a go if you don’t normally wear it. Or you may try to wear it in a different combination from what you normally do.
Below is a really helpful video from 40+Style stylist Ruth on how to find the best shade of red for you.
How to find your right shade of red
More interested in another color, I also have guides on
Do you like to wear red? What is your preferred way of wearing it?
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