No matter what country you’re in, red is typically a colour packed with significance. Love and luck are pretty common, but in a place like Singapore, the fiery colour is more than emotive. Wearing red gets pigeonholed into the following occasions — Chinese New Year, National Day, Valentine’s Day and Christmas. If you try to walk out in head-to-toe red, you might get laughingly dismissed for looking like an ang pow. And unless someone’s stuffing you full of money, that’s not a flattering look.
Interestingly, the latest fashion weeks have marked bold red apparel as a definite 2017 trend. The streets were full of it, and the hue made appearances on runways like Valentino, Chloé and Max Mara. Even Viola Davis rocked a vermillion Armani Prive gown at the latest Oscars red carpet. It’s about time red gets liberated from its sartorial cage, and embraced by local trendsetters.
We cast eyes abroad to seek inspiration on ways to rock the colour without looking like a bad Chinese New Year hangover.
Punk rock vibes get a facelift in red instead of the usual black. The ankle-length tulle skirt gives the look far more pizzaz, but if you’re not willing to take it there, ease in with a cherry-coloured leather jacket first.
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A pleated midi skirt that’s high-waisted, paired with a pastel blue top and accessories in varying tones is an ace way to flaunt various red pieces in one look without overwhelming.
Thick stripes are another option to wear the colour in a unique way. Just avoid long sleeved tops in the pattern, lest you look like Waldo.
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Candy cane stripes can also be worn on a skirt or dress. Taper it down by tossing on a chic, distressed hoodie in a neutral colour, just like how this lady has done. The goal is to look grungy, instead of resembling a walking beach parasol.
Incorporating red elements into your outerwear is another cool way to infuse the colour into your whole outfit without going full monochrome. You can’t ever go wrong with a Gucci bomber jacket too.
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Alexa Chung elevates an effortless day out ensemble with a glaringly red cardigan, proving that the colour does have a place even in the most easygoing outfits.
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A red nylon shirt and panelled wide-legged pants are another straightforward outfit to throw together. Carry the theme to your pants by opting for a pair with red stripes.
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A classic all-black costume can be given a little heat by swapping up black trousers for red, pleather printed pants. Couple this with an oxblood lipstick for extra punk vibes.