As avid fashion followers, we love seeing all the looks and trends that come down the runways each season. It’s always so exciting and inspiring. That said, we’re also real women with real bodies and pretty typical lives, so it’s not always easy to translate what’s shown on the runways into our everyday wardrobes, not to mention our professional wardrobes. An easy exception to this is when an ‘it’ color seems to magically appear across so many collections.
This season we’re so excited to start incorporating everything red. Red is a fabulous hue for a professional - this goes for all you guys out there too. It's such a powerful and passionate color that is sure to get you noticed (in a good way). It's nearly impossible to not be bursting with confidence when you’re wearing red!
There are so many ways to wear red this season. We loved some of the monochromatic, head-to-toe looks many designers sent down the runway. It's fresh and wearable, even for die-hard New Yorkers, who typically favor head-to-toe black.
If head-to-toe red is a bit much for you, scroll down for three more subtle, but stylish ways to incorporate this season's color into your work wardrobe.
Accessories: If you like the idea of red, but want to take it slowly, you can’t go wrong with a few red accessories. We love a red shoe. There’s something about a fabulous red pump that just puts an extra spring in your step. A red tote or satchel is a great investment that will go along way in updating your fall wardrobe as well.
- Outerwear: There’s nothing more depressing than a monotonous sea of black coats swimming slowly down the sidewalk on a gray winter's day. Stand out from the crowd and choose a vibrant red coat (or even a hat and scarf). We guarantee you’ll get tons of compliments, and you’ll smile every time you catch your reflection in a store window.
- Pant or Skirt: Many women are intimidated by the thought of wearing red near the face. If you fall into this group, don’t despair, you can still wear this trend in the form of a pant or a skirt. We’re loving a wide-leg pant or even a slim velvet pant in a rich shade of red. If you choose a skirt, we recommend keeping the silhouette simple and classic, especially for the office.
Guys, you can (and should) wear red too - and there are lots of options for you. Similar to the ladies, you can’t go wrong with a red accessory like a pocket square, tie or sock. We also love a plaid suit or sport coat with hints of the hue. Very chic!
Now, after all this, many of you may be thinking, but red looks awful on me, I can’t wear red. We beg to differ! Everyone can wear red- it’s just a matter of finding the right shade and tone that will be most flattering on you. ‘Red’ incorporates a wide range of colors, everything from a true red, to a rich scarlet and burgundy, to a soft reddish pink.
When determining what colors will be most flattering on you, undertone, is what matters. Your undertone will either be cool, warm or neutral and figuring this out is simple. First, flip your hand over, palm up and take a look at your veins. If they appear to be blue or purple, you’re most likely cool and if they look green or yellow, you’re probably warm. If you are having a difficult time seeing either color, you would be a neutral. Another, less scientific, way to determine your undertone would be to think about your jewelry. Are you typically drawn to silver, gold or both? If you answer silver, you’re more likely to have cool undertones, where people with warm undertones seem to be more naturally drawn to gold.
If you’ve determined that you have a warm undertone, you look best in everything from a true red, to warm reds like peach, coral, amber and goldish red.
If your skin hosts a cool undertone, that does not mean you can’t rock red this season. You’ll want to avoid a true, Coca-Cola red, but any cool shade will work. Cool-reds would be a pink or rosy red and rich maroon or ruby colors.
If you looked at your wrist and thought, huh? As a neutral, you pretty much have your pick of the color wheel - warm and cool colors will look good on you. When it comes to red, go all out! This is a color that will look amazing on you.
Now that you know your perfect shade of red, how are you going to wear it this season?