Fire Red Fashion

Red is not as hard a colour to wear as you might think. This season, fire red fashion is everywhere. Bright red is a perfect winter/autumnal/festive shade, and though you may think it’s not for the faint-hearted the truth is there is fire red fashion for everyone.

As the last embers burn on last night’s Guy Fawkes night bonfires, think about setting your wardrobe alight with fire red fashion – even if you’ve never worn red before.

Let’s examine why red is great.

* It’s bold and bright, gets you noticed

* Goes with pretty much every skintone, and every hair colour – and yes, even redheads suit red.

* It’s warm and inviting

* It is a GREAT alternative to black

There’s so much black around at this time of year, who wouldn’t welcome some fire red fashion pieces in their wardrobe?

If you’re unsure, start with an accessory – a red bag, or a red pair of shoes. Perhaps a red skirt with autumnal tones, or contrasting black is a way to ease into the trend?

fire red fashion twoClockwise, from top left: Cranberry cable knit, £60, Crew Clothing, red zip collarless coat, £49.99, New Look, red mini skirt, £65, berry red bag, £250, both French Connection, red strappy shoes, £52, Call It Spring @ Debenhams

A red coat is a fantastic winter addition to your wardrobe,. If it’s good enough for Santa…! Red print is also an easier way to wear red. Red embellished lace is full-on festive.

Fire red fashion oneClockwise,from top left: Red wild cat halter dress, £95, red zip detail coat, £250, both French Connection, red A-line merino sweater, £39.95, GAP, red lace embellished top, £tbc,Red Herring @ Debenhams, red studded sandals, £29.99, New Look

Cosy red coats, knits, hats and gloves are the perfect antiodote to a grey winter’s day – and are stand-out style in the snow!

fire red fashon fourClockwise, from top left: Red chunky knit, £35, Red Herring @ Debenhams, love heart gloves, £14, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams, double pom pom hat, £12, JOY, fuzzy coat, £95, H! by Henry Holland @ Debenhams, patent bag, £55, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams

But if you are feeling bold, then a full length maxi dress in bold red sequins might be your festive style? A red dress is a bold statement. And don’t forget the red underwear!

fire red fashion threeClockwise, from left: Red sequin maxi dress, £225, Jenny Packham @ Debenhams, red bra, £28, suspenders, £20, briefs, £15, Reger Noir by Janet Reger @ Debenhams, red lace skater dress, £40 (was £59), JOY, red bodycon midi dress, £22.99, New Look, red patent shoes, £29.50, Red Herring @ Debenhams

Edgy and bold fire red fashion comes in the form of a jumpsuit. If that’s too bold, how about a deeper, more berry red. Just don’t mix your red tones – that never works.

Finally, don’t forget the most important red item of all this weekend – your poppy. Marks and Spencer has a selection of poppies and brooches available in their Simply Food store.

fire red fashion fiveClockwise, from left: Red jumpsuit, £34.99, H&M, pleated red skirt, £25, BHS, red top, £19.95, White Stuff, lace pencil skirt, £tbc, Red Herring @ Debenhams, red bag, £12.99, H&M, small poppy brooch, £15, Marks and Spencer, profits from item to Royal British Legion


Festive colours

What colours come to mind when you think of Christmas? Red, green, and gold are the festive colours for me. So, it’s nice to be a bit festive and wear them at this time of year. Just maybe not all at the same time. Red and green can look stylish together, but at Christmas, you may end up looking like an elf. Which is not a good look. But mix red with gold, or green with gold, and you’re good to go.

Gold is the most festive of the festive colours – and the most wearable at this time of year. From gold dresses, to gold shoes and bags, gold jewellery, and gold detail in trousers, jackets and skirts, Christmas is one time you can ramp up the bling, and dress head to toe in gold if you want.

festive colours gold

Clockwise, from top left: Gold glitter heels, £29.99, New Look, gold bangle, £6, BHS, gold necklace, £7.99, H&M, gold bodycon dress, £24.99, gold clutch, £12.99, both New Look, gold strappy dress, £60 (was £120), French Connection, gold detail trousers, £22.99, New Look

Green doesn’t have to be ‘Christmas green’. This is the most adaptable of the festive colours – think all shades of green, from olive, to emerald, to bottle, to racing. A deep bottle green dress is probably one of the classiest items you could ever own. Green works brilliantly in velvet. But it can also look bright and fun in a Christmas sweater, or a bold emerald bag.

Festive colours green

Clockwise, from top left: Green ankle boots, £32, BHS, green structured dress, £24.99, H&M, bright green bag, £9.99, New Look, green loose sweater, £34 (was £69) French Connection, green chiffon top, £14.99, green Fair Isle style sweater, £24.99, both H&M

Red – the colour of Santa and the most recognisable of the festive colours. Head to toe in red can be a wee bit much, but if you’re daring enough, do! A classic red dress is perfect for Christmas. If that’s too much, a red top, a red bag, or some bold red shoes will work just as well.

festive colours red

Clockwise, from left: Red embellished lace dress, £65, Red Herring @ Debenhams, red crepe and lace dress, £38, BHS, red strappy sandal, £17.99, New Look, red silk vest, £49, French Connection, red gold trim dress, £24.99, H&M, red grab handle bag, £88 (was £110), J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams

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