When you think red, you may think Christmas or Valentine’s Day, but the hue is set to be touching everything in fashion. At Toronto Fashion Week, designers sent varying hues of crimson down the runway, from deep red to burgundy to pinky red coral to orangey-reds.
From L-R: Stephen Caras, NARCES, Vawk and Melissa Nepton’s reddish hues at Toronto Fashion Week
It’s not too surprising to us that red is having a moment, considering that celebrities were wearing it all over the red carpet during award season. But red is not just red red anymore – it’s “lave,” it’s “coral,” and it’s “oxblood.” Where do you invest in red? Good news is, there are just as many ways to make a big statement as there are to keep this tricky hue to a minimum. Here are 17 ways you can wear red right now that are easy to pull off and oh-so-fabulous:
An idiot’s guide to wearing reds
Deep RedIf you're going to go for this classic red, you might as well make it the focal point of your look when you can. But chill out with it, and try something easy to slip on like a simple jersey dress. The beauty of something like this is, your makeup routine is easy because you'll want to keep it minimal.
Long sleeveless dress, $20 at Zara Zara
Deep RedNot feeling so bold? Then a breezy t-shirt gets the feel of a long, jersey maxi but without the commitment.
Linen boyfriend tee, $57 at J.CrewJ.Crew
Deep RedThe less red you wear, the more fun you can have with accessories and hair and makeup. A cashmere sweater is such an indulgence, but if you rock it sleeveless, this piece is perfect for cold snaps during spring and summer.
Martha cashmere sweater, $189 at Club MonacoClub Monaco
Deep RedThere's no two ways about it: red is a tricky and bold hue. So be daring with it – these Lolita-inspired sunglasses are a fun take on the look, and they're easy to set aside when you want to tone things down.
Reschen glasses, $12 at AldoAldo
Deep RedWe couldn't help ourselves with this beauty. Sure, the red is just a hint, but it's a beautiful contrast to the luxe pearls.
Red chain and pearl necklance, $40 at ZaraZara
Tomato RedChanging things up with a tomato red lends itself to a monchromatic look. Feel free to pair a flouncy dress with other reds, whether they're ultra red or subtler pinks.
Flounce dress, $216 at J.CrewJ.Crew
Tomato RedBut if you're just looking to set off your everyday look, try a hit of tomato to brighten up your face.
Artemis Coil Drops, $18 at Bauble BarBauble Bar
Canadian RedGoing camping or to a cottage? Dress up, in a way. This buffalo check dress is casual and patriotic without losing its feminine touches.
Oversized shirt dress, $40 at ZaraZara
Pink LadiesA red with a subtle pink hue is a nice departure from a fire engine red. But it's not just for the uber feminine. A swimsuit like this could be worn by every woman. Make it your own with personalized accessories – black would contrast beautifully.
Keyhole Halter swimsuit, $99 at LOFTLOFT
Pink LadiesHave fun with pinky reds, like this super bright skirt. While you could go daytime casual with stripes, mix it up with another solid for an evening colour-blocked look.
Knee-length skirt, $30 at H&MH&M
Pink LadiesWhether you're attending a barbecue, a wedding or hitting the beach, a swishy daytime dress should be a wardrobe staple. Pink can stand alone here for a timeless, care-free style.
Babaton Eugenie dress, $85 at AritziaAritzia
CoralThis illusion dress is a true statement piece. A soft. blush pink is a beautiful shade for it, because the fine details are worth being noticed.
Scallop Crop Illusion dress, $118 at LOFTLOFT
CoralA coral bag is a spring and summer treat. It lends itself to the trend, but it requires very little commitment. It's work-appropriate, but it it's also an everyday bag.
Demman bag, $60 at AldoAldo
CoralConsider this your date night purse. It's compact, and offers just the right amount of flash. To up the trend factor, test drive this with a hot pink skirt or a deeper pink dress or short. The monochromatic play will please the eye (and your date).
Leather Messenger Bag, $50 at ZaraZARA
BurgundyA cropped jacket breaks up a look, so a beautiful solid colour is key here. Pair demure dresses or casual neutral separates with this baby for an outfit that's chic as can be.
Mango Suede Jacket, $190 at ASOSASOS
OxbloodSure, every gal loves a red-sole Louboutin, but show off your love of colour by taking your red game to the next level. A deep oxblood shoe is the perfect way to incorporate colour into a work outfit that's all business-like navy and grey.
Knotted High-Heel, $50 at ZaraZara
OxbloodAnd while you're at the office, don't shy away from colour on all fronts. This oxblood skirt has a beautiful texture and isn't bright and showy like some of our deeper red options. You can still be work-appropriate and fabulous, with a little help from the red family.
A-line woven skirt, $50 at ZaraZara