Season for Crimson

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Designers are embracing the color red as the bold hue warms up fall and winter wardrobes.

By Beth Livesay

Fierce, fiery, powerful and vibrant are just some of the many exciting adjectives that spring to mind when considering the color red. Designers and popular brands at Fashion Weeks all over the world, including Victoria Beckham, Proenza Schouler and Max Mara, sent many bold red pieces down the runway this past year, and in some cases even opened their show with the hue. Givenchy debuted an all-red ready-to-wear collection in Paris—a brave move for a single-palette offering.

As the crimson color has a lengthy history of being associated with wealth and opulence, it’s an ideal hue for those who want to exude confidence without the flash of jewelry. In place of stacking baubles or mixing prints, you can pair red tints and tones for maximum impact.

Red is also the transitory color of choice for 2017 into 2018. “Red effortlessly transitions from summer into fall and lasts through the holidays,” says Beth Aschenbach, who, along with her sister, Danielle Norcross, curates Palm Beach Lately, a lifestyle blog that has been featured in InStyle, Southern Living and a plethora of other publications which cover the region’s fashion trends. Some red-oriented outfit ideas from Norcross include “a floral blush dress for lunch with girlfriends” or “a daring pair of red heels for date night,” as well as red gingham swimsuits for resort getaways. 

For men, red details can be integrated slowly, beginning with accessories such as belts and shoes. When wearing red on top, pair with neutrals such as denim jeans to balance out the liveliness of the color. 

To expand your red outfit options, incorporate different shades such as scarlet, crimson, burgundy and ruby, all of which are appropriate for cooler weather. A monochromatic mix of these shades can be made to stand out by utilizing a variety of fabric textures to create a bold look. However, men and women alike should also consider skin tone when choosing a shade of red—cooler and neutral skin tones will make the color stand out more. The former should also opt for rosier shades, while the latter pair well with a true red. 

Just like the iconic underside of a Louboutin heel, the color red can differentiate between run-of-the-mill and extraordinary. This season, harness the power of red and incorporate some stylish statement pieces into your wardrobe.

OXFORD MABRY COOLMAX PIQUE POCKET POLO, $89 (oxford.co)
BURBERRY EDDISON JACKET, $595 (bloomingdales.com)
BROOKS BROTHERS MEDALLION SILK JACQUARD SLIM TIE, $49.50 (brooksbrothers.com)
KEEPSAKE THE LABEL DOWNTOWN DRESS, $210
MICHAEL KORS NOUVEAU NOVELTY, $298 (michaelkors.com)

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