Red is big this Autumn/Winter! It’s a colour that people are often afraid to try, fearing that they’ll stand out too much or possibly choose the ‘wrong red’. It is true that there are many different shades and tones of red, but once you know ‘your red’ you can wear it with confidence – whether that’s top to toe in a red dress perhaps, or simply by giving a nod to the colour in an accessory like a scarf, bag or shoe. So which red will suit you best?
LIGHTS – if you have blonde hair, a light complexion and light eyes (blue, grey, green), then it’s likely that you’ll suit a lighter shade of red – Geranium for instance. If your eyes stand out then you could opt for a brighter shade, but be careful that it doesn’t overwhelm your delicate look.
DEEPS – if you have a rich, deep look with dark hair and dark brown eyes then you’ll look fabulous in red! You are likely to suit the richer stronger shades of red, like Tomato Red, Burgundy. or if you have ‘bright eyes’ a Scarlet red. The Karen Millen jumper above would look fab!
WARMS – if you have beautiful strawberry blonde, auburn or hair with warm red tones then for you it’s all about making sure that you choose a red with a golden, not bluey, undertone. Avoid the raspberry reds and choose the orangey toned reds instead. (Oh, and don’t believe the old saying that ‘red heads shouldn’t wear red’ – you look stunning in it!). The orangey red dress from Next above could be for you if it suits your shape and personality?
COOLS – if you have cool toned hair (ash blonde, grey, jet black) and a cooler (pinkier) skin tone then you need to choose blue-based reds to harmonise with your colouring – think Raspberry Red or shades going towards pinks. The Karen Millen suit or Pure poncho above would both be ideal.
CLEARS – red is a wardrobe staple for your bright, contrasting colouring of dark hair and bright eyes, so the choice is yours! Just beware to choose the right undertone of red to suit your skintone – so if you have a warmer (yellowy) skin tone it’s the more orangey reds that will suit you, or if you have a porcelian/pinky skintone then choose the raspberry reds. You can wear them on their own, or create contrast by mixing them with a light or dark shade from your palette.
SOFTS – if you have medium depth hair (dark blonde, mid brown, highlighted) and features that are more blended, then a soft Geranium red will be the best choice for you. Avoid going too bright as it’s the colour that may then be noticed rather than you!
Enjoy wearing ‘your red’ this Autumn/Winter however you choose to wear it.