Ask Anne: How to Pull Off Wearing Red?
Anne Keane, formerly the fashion director at Lucky magazine, is our newest goop contributing editor. You can send questions on everything from how to mix prints to foolproof color pairings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Anne, Is it weird to wear red around the holidays? I love it but am worried that I’m breaking a modern-day fashion rule.—Elle S.
Dear Elle, There’s no rule against red for the holidays, but I understand the reservations you may have about looking like your outfit choice is too on the nose. Personally, my love of bright colors is hindered by my own fear of wearing loud clothing. And while head-to-toe red isn’t for the fainthearted, it’s not as intimidating as it feels if you pair it smartly with other pieces—and don’t be afraid to embrace color-blocking, either. Here, a few tips to get you started.
“Consider pairing red with pale pinks or nudes for day.”
Red feels far less fiery and look-at-me when it’s teamed with something soft, like a light pink or nude. A velvet mule adds a touch of texture—and classic jewelry, like a gold watch and dainty necklace, keep things simple.
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“A tan overcoat is a simple way to ground any look.”
A tan overcoat is a closet workhorse, so why not make it work for you around holiday dressing, too? A Proenza Schouler dip-dyed sweater and skirt pairing almost feels like a color-blocked dress, while a pair of high-tops keeps it fun and playful.
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“Incorporate red into a sporty-tomboy look.”
Hands-down, sporty tomboy is the best fallback for transforming any worrisome trend into something you can carry off with confidence. The borrowed-from-him appeal of a pair of brogues is at this point pretty timeless, particularly when worn with a pair of tailored pants and a figure-skimming maritime knit. A tip: This is also the right moment for a swipe of red lipstick.
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