This month, we’ll be seeing red. A lot of it. And it won’t just be in the form of Valentines, cinnamon hearts and cellophane-wrapped bouquets.
Forward-thinking fashionistas are embracing red during this — the blah-est — time of year. Metro spoke with two of Canada’s foremost fashion experts to find out why red is so hot this season.
“Red is always hot,” says Lisa Tant, editor-in-chief of Flare magazine. “It feels particularly ‘right’ now because it gives off a burst of energy and passion at a dull time of year. It’s also a classic look that is appropriate for any age and skin tone.”
What if you want to wear red, but you’re low on green?
“It’s a smart investment when budgets are tight because it electrifies all of the basics in your wardrobe,” says Tant.
Anita Clarke, editor and founder of Toronto-based fashion blog I Want I Got, has some tips on how to best wear red:
“Pay close attention to fit,” she advises. “Red gowns are truly dramatic, but cocktail dresses can be more fun and playful. For either style, I would wear a dress that has (few) details … the colour and a clean silhouette should be the focus of the outfit. I like minimal accessories in a neutral colour, with black being my default.”
If you’re not a woman who feels comfortable in head-to-toe red, the vibrant hue also makes a great accent colour. (How many times have we heard What Not To Wear’s Stacy London extol the virtues of a cute red shoe?). If a crimson gown is not your scene, try accessorizing a dark wool coat or black dress with a carmine purse, scarlet scarf or maybe even a raspberry beret.
“Red adds radiance and a glow to skin,” explains Tant.