Steps to Successfully Wearing Red & Black
With the resurrection of the red/black combo this holiday season: what are some easy guidelines to doing it well?:
- Choose your red. Carefully.
- Major on the majors.
- Add another neutral.
Most of us are well-acquainted with the concept of cool versus warm, or blue red versus orange red. Although red itself is a medium value color, defined as bright, it is possible to also adjust a little to the white as in my red silk skirt or a little to the dark, without going burgundy.
Which color is better on you, black or red? It stands to reason you would want more of that color in your ensemble. See How a Blonde Can Wear All Black and How to Wear Any Color for more thoughts on color combining and placement.
For many of us, Mrs. Bush's three guests included, red and black is a tough color combination to wear. Adding another neutral has a softening effect.
Some to try:
- Your best metallic.
- White, ivory, or pearls.
- For business, charcoal gray or camel.
Then there is the matter of personality. Do you even like red and black together?
I admit, I don't. But then I somehow still crave it in December.