DRESSING RED LIKE a diva is no easy task. But it can actually turn into a smash hit if you just learn how to work with the color.
Here is a list of do’s - and a couple of distinct don’ts - to help you make maximum impact with your red shirt, be it at an office party, a school reunion or that all important date.
Look Great in Red...
You know those times when you're sidling down a busy city street and you see some diva looking great in red and she is strutting with it? “Yeah!” you think to yourself as you ogle, “I got to try myself some of that look.” And who can blame you? Red's got passion, rage, panache... all that good stuff.
But then you pick out a red shirt from your wardrobe or sling one on in a fitting room and... you either look end up looking like a bit part in a slasher movie, or a chrysanthemum – and unless you're over 80, that's not much better.
DO: Red and Blue Denim
Perfect for slightly more dressed-down events, red and blue denim are a combo with a beautiful balance between two equally rich colors.
Any type of jeans will look great: grab some light-toned ones for the summer or a darker, navy shade for colder weather. A denim skirt will also do the trick, and you can even try denim overalls to create a more adventurous look.
DO: Red and Gray
A little more low-key than red and black, red and gray can be used to create a harmonious and comfortable look. Tuck your shirt into a pair of dark-grey jeans or a more formal pencil skirt.
A woolen gray jumper or shawl is another great match for a red shirt. Just add some blue or black denim for your legs to complete the ensemble.
DO: Red and White
Another classic color combination, a red shirt and white skirt, pants, shorts - even jeans - can create a smart and effortlessly clean look. If you want to incorporate white in the shirt print itself, try polka-dots to achieve a fun and authentic outfit. Pair it with black, blue or white denim and you’re ready to go.
DON'T: Red and Bright Pink
Don't combine two bright colors in one outfit.
This one does overtime on the top-10 list of fashion “no goes,” this and the red-green combo above.
Advice is fairly similar: don’t combine 2 very bright hues in the same outfit. A soft, light pink skirt or pants, paired with a deep-red shirt, can make your outfit original and stylish.
When the weather is colder, try a pale-pink blazer over your shirt, add some jeans, and voila! You’ve created an elegant and balanced look in an instant.
So there it is: the do’s and don’ts guide of wearing red. The last thing you need to remember to turn heads like that red-wearing diva in the street is KNOW you look good. How do you know that? Because you do.