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).
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).
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.
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