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What colors go with red?

Updated on April 14, 2014

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

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 :)

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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.

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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.

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red and purple
red and purple

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.

(image: Modcloth)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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red and green outfit
red and green outfit

Red and green

Do you rock the color red in your day-to-day wardrobe? What's your favorite way to wear it?

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      6 years ago

      my hair

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      6 years ago

      My favorite color to wear red with is pink or purple!!! Looks so cute!!!!

    • verymary profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: I agree Claire!

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      6 years ago

      I love to wear colors with dresses that may not be conventional.... It is fun and I get many compliments... Be daring ladies.

    • Rangoon House profile image


      6 years ago from Australia

      My favourite colour! And a fun quiz - thank you.

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      6 years ago

      Yes, I do rock the color red in my day-to-day wear. This lens rocks, Cool!


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