First scarlet lips made a comeback. Then red was seen head to toe on the fall 2010 runways of Chanel, Giorgio Armani, and Valentino. Now the attention-getting shade is everywhere, from shoes and bags to dresses. The trick is to pick the right pieces (like the ones here or classics from your closet) and to mix and match them in fresh ways.
If You’re a Redhead
There are no cardinal rules about redheads wearing red. But, generally, tomato and brick shades flatter hair that is copper toned, while raspberry and ruby complement auburn.
To buy: $325, DKNY silk dress, dkny.com for stores. Azaara earrings.
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Pair Red With…Camel
Black can make this intense color look harsh. Instead, try a more subtle neutral: camel. The soft tone mellows out red, so the overall look is rich and refined.
To buy: Kate Spade New York suede-and–patent-leather heels, $295, 877-747-3754. Monet glass earrings, $32, macys.com for stores.
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To buy: Timex stainless-steel watch, $120, 800-448-4639. Coach patent-leather bag, $398, 866-262-2440 for stores.
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Pair Red With…Teal
This high-energy duo takes advantage of two of the season’s most popular colors, but it can become garish if you’re not careful. Keep the outfit predominantly in one shade and add only one element—maybe two—of the other. Tone it down more by mixing in jeans or a gray cardigan.
To buy: Milly wool jacket, $485, Togs, 203-972-2871. Geren Ford silk dress, $327, 888-780-4091.
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To buy: Sparkling Sage glass-bead necklace, $98, 818-334-5320. Bebe suede heels, $120, amazon.com (available in September).
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To buy: London Fog patent-leather bag, $150, 800-847-0072 for stores. Kate Spade New York leather-and-resin gloves, $195, 800-519-3778.
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Pair Red With…Purple
Red has the power to transform a rich jewel tone into a neutral, creating an outfit with a regal feel. For a flattering look, sport the purple shade wherever you want to detract attention; use the red for your look-at-me spots.
To buy: Lafayette 148 New York wool-crepe pants, $328, 877-324-5148. Michael Michael Kors polyester top, $69.50, 866-709-5677 for stores.