Why You Should Wear Red

Let us today discuss the joys of red. Not just the colour of my true love’s lips, it’s also a one of the shades of autumn 2017- and one we embrace most enthusiastically. Here’s how to wear red

Red is a mood and outfit lifter. Chuck a red coat over a grey sweater and trousers and you look all Parisian and pulled-together. When I put on this red coat and kissed my son goodbye the other day, he solemnly informed me that it was “his favourite coat”; adding “it’s red like James” by way of clarification. (That’s James the red engine in so-dull-you’ll-want-to-gouge-out-your-eyes Thomas and Friends for the uninitiated.) Add a red sweater to your boyfriend jeans and they suddenly feel less daily uniform and more ‘hello today, let’s do this’. And I love a red accessory. Red shoes, a red bag worn with a navy outfit…. I have still not quite recovered from the sorrow of losing my cherry red Tory Burch bag (stolen (whilst empty) from my son’s buggy which somehow feels worse than losing it on a night out).

Coat: Zara (old but see similar below); Sweater: Uniqlo; Trousers: Topshop; Shoes: Boden (old but similar here); Bag: M&S (old but see similar below)

Red works really well with what I suspect might be the mainstays of your wardrobe (navy, grey, black, denim…) It also looks amazing with pink: a colour combo I love but have yet to wear. It also marries well with this season’s checks (I’m on the lookout for another pair of checked trousers already – such a great alternative to jeans and easy to zhuzh up or dress down).

Jumper: H&M:Trousers: Topshop

The other thing I like about red is that there’s a shade for everyone (just like red lipstick) – we can all wear red, people. So you can go all pillar box (Boden is good for this) or opt for something more orange-based. But if the idea of going All Out on a sweater or coat gives you the shudders, then do by all means start small (maybe with that lipstick) – a red bag  is always a good idea.

Jumper: H&M; Jeans: H&M; Shoes: Topshop (similar here)


Clockwise from top left: Wool coat, £69.99, Mango; Sofia coat, £198, Boden; Pocket coat, £139.99, Mango; Faux fur collar coat, £69.99, Topshop; Longline coat, £89, M&S


Clockwise from top left: Ribbed funnel neck, £39.99, Topshop; Red cable knit, £35, Miss Selfridge; Funnel neck knit, £109, Whistles; High neck sweater, £49, & Other Stories;  Monki cable knit, £35, Asos



Clockwise from top left: Perry bag, £305, Theory; Saddle bag, £22; Next; Signet bag, £128, J.Crew; Cloud bag with handle, £170, Cambridge Satchel Company; Hex hardware cross body bag, £18, Topshop

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