Red is a standout colour. If you know how to wear red, it will not only make your outfit “pop”, but also make it memorable. It’s a shade that oozes luxury and is great fun to experiment with.
It looks great styled with neutral colours – or if you’re feeling more adventurous – try colour blocking with pink and burgundy shades, for an on-trend colour clash.
The Duchess of Cambridge has also long been a huge fan of the colour, and has frequently opted for red gowns at formal events. Over the years, she’s also sported a beautiful selection of red coats, jackets and suits – many from affordable retailers.
For formal dresses, racy red is the go-to colour for now, and is a great alternative to a LBD. Red can seem like a tricky colour to wear, but with the shops full of pieces that are too gorgeous not to indulge in, it’s time to be brave.
Here are our best buys for scarlet women, taking inspiration from the catwalk with hues of red and burgundy:
Double Breasted Coat, R1 048, Next
Get the Duchess’ vibrant look with this Italian wool-blend military style coat, similar to her red suit by Italian designer Luisa Spagnoli. Bring a neutral outfit to life by throwing this eye-catching piece over the top. The double-breasted style and slanted pockets add structure to the coat, creating a feminine shape.
Straight-cut Crop Trouser, R499, Mango
Update your office wardrobe with these vibrant tailored trousers. For an on-trend colour blocking look try styling them with a pink or burgundy top.
Ribbed dress, R429, H&M
Go bold with this gorgeous ribbed dress from H&M.
Faux Fur J.O.A Bomber Jacket, R980, Shopbop
Add to an evening dress for an edgy finish or with frilled trousers during the day.
Metal Heel Ankle Boot, R1 200, Luella
Raise your game with these burgundy boots from Luella.
Stole, R859, Nordstrom
Glam up your evening dress with a burgundy faux fur stole: chic AND warm.
Bardot top, R929, John Lewis
Pick up the strong velvet trend for this year with this silk velvet Bardot Top.
Sheath Dress, R699, Foschini
The sheath sleeves and hemline give a peek of skin without leaving you feeling exposed.
Belt, from a selection of Salvatore Ferragamo at Shopbop
Add this suede belt to your dress to cinch in your waist, creating a stronger silhouette.