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What colors go with red?
The color red rules -- but with which other colors?
I love red shoes and accessories (I hunted forever for the perfect little red watch, for instance, and wear red ballet flats in both round and pointed toe styles) and sometimes go for a larger pop of red color, like a flame-colored dress or cardigan. The color red is unbeatable at livening up neutrals but also can look amazing with more vibrant colors. Because colors that go well together aren't always obvious, here's a look at colors that go with red that may include some surprises. Give 'em a try!
(photo: mrmac04 ~ cropped for shape)
Red and black
Red and black can be severe on some, but it's a classic combo that delivers drama. You don't need a 50/50 split like Kate Middleton has done (though she wears it well). All-black addicts can transform their look into something much more fun with just a little red shoe, bag or belt....even a sleek 2-tone red-and-black accessory. Or go all-red with just a speck of black, like "Project Runway All-Stars" host Carolyn Murphy. (Is it just me, or were her outfits consistently the best ever seen on PR?) Translate to a day look with this dress, which I own & wear to death...with a black cardi, of course :)
Do you / would you wear red and black together?
Red and white
Switch out navy for red for a brighter take on the classic sailor-stripe top, or go retro with red and white polka dots. Red and white floral prints can also be super cute. Or try a simple red T with white jeans.
Do you / would you wear red and white together?
Red and knaki
You can't go wrong with red plus khaki, tan or camel. Khaki trousers & a red top is a classic, classy pairing that works on every age, size & shape. Or go with an adorable spring shoe like this cork platform sandal.
Do you / would you wear red and khaki together?
Red and purple
Not many dare to pair these two vibrant colors, but they are so fun together that this combo deserves a lot more play. I sometimes throw on dark purple tights with my fave red flats and a denim skirt. If the 2 brights alone are too much for you, try tempering them with a bit of black or (my fave with brights) charcoal gray.
Do you / would you wear red and purple together?
Meaning of red
Red is an intense color, symbolizing all sorts of high-octane emotions, from passionate love to
raging anger. It symbolizes happiness and good fortune in China and appears on about 3/4 of the
world's flags. Read more on the meaning of red.
Red and pink
Rosy tones can go well together, as a pregnant Natalie Portman proved at the 2011 Golden Globes. Pairing red with darker berry or hot pink shades can also be very fashion forward.
Do you / would you wear red and pink together?
Red and turquoise
For some reason, red and aqua together always strikes me as vaguely Asian. It can be a pretty combo. Try pairing a red dress with aqua shoes. Wear a solid red T or sweater with a pretty turquoise necklace. Or find a piece of statement jewelry that combines these two vibrant hues.
Do you /would you wear red and turquoise together?
Red and navy
In striped form, the red + navy combo delivers a crisp nautical look, as with this cute scoopneck sweater. Chambray and denim blues also look great with red. Or try colorblocking this classic color duo for a polished approach.
Do you / would you wear red and navy together?
Do you rock the color red in your day-to-day wardrobe? What's your favorite way to wear it?