The season for red begins with Christmas gains momentum on New Year’s Eve when you wish to stand out and finally culminates with Valentine’s Day. This is partially because its bold, happy and works well with winter layers and partially because the summer heat makes you shy away from anything that distracts the eye. However, if done right the colour is just the perfect antidote to a sunny day. This spring summer, designers chose to come out in support of the crimson shade, breaking women’s inhibitions to wear it on a bright day.
The bold red, more specifically the ‘Tomato Red’ is a colour we have our eyes on for the deliciously warm days that lie ahead. But the shade is so dominant that it washed out other elements in your ensemble, sometimes even make you look like a fire hydrant (sigh!). The trick would be to pull it off in a way that satisfies our lust for the look without coming on too strong with it.
That's where we come in! Drawing inspiration from some of our favourite fashionistas, there are a few stylish ways to wear the colour for summer, without your neighbourhood aunty making a backhanded comment about it.
1. Mute It With Lighter Tones
Wear your bright red with subtle shades of cream, ivory, beige and grey to tone it down, especially during the day. A longline ethnic jacket or a muted shrug for the Lady In Red OOTD.
Mix and match your bold red separates with variations of the same shade for an evening outfit. Playing with the highs and lows of the same colour is a formal wear favourite that has been appearing on the scene.
In a full ensemble, complete with dark tones, add a loud red number for a totally unique look. We love Shraddha’s movie night mini skirt outfit, it's the perfect mix of casual and dolled up, a balance most women crave to maintain.
Get that red into your athleisure ensembles. Pair your solid pyjamas for travel and errands with a red element to the ensemble with a solid sweatshirt, tank top, sports bra or even red shoes! It adds a much-needed dash of colour to your ‘not so low key’ airport or gym outfits.
Primary colour blocking is another big trend that took off in the summer of 2018 and we found the perfect tones for that. Bold red mixed with other colours like navy blue, pink, and other candy colours. More saturated the shade, better the outcome.
If you are a tad bit commitment phobic to wear one bold colour all over, go the other way round and add small details of pop coloured accessories to your summer garbs. From chunky necklaces to pretty slings, all of ‘em deserve a spot in your red wardrobe.
A pretty red dress has got to be the best date night outfit for the first couple of dates. An attractive make, made more beautiful with its cuts and trims, can be THE dress on standby for an impromptu rendezvous with a hottie (*wink*).