Outfit Post: 6/20/12

Top: Goodwill (Target) — Vest: Goodwill (Ben Sherman) — Skirt: Goodwill (Target) — Wedges: 6pm.com (Sam & Libby) — Bracelet and ring: Gifts — Necklace: Fuzppa on Etsy

Whaaat, look at that! Mia is wearing red! Red!

Maybe y’all haven’t noticed (psh, I know you guys watch my every move), but I don’t wear a whole lot of red. Red is difficult for me. I don’t have many red garments because I’m not really drawn to it, but the red pieces I do have, I have a hard time styling. My brain just sort of goes to mush. “Red? What’s that?” And I almost invariably end up pairing it with black or white or olive, and then I feel kind of dull.

Which isn’t to say I don’t like this outfit! I do! I like the items together, and it was another good excuse to bust out my pretty flower-circles necklace. But it’s not terribly creative, color-wise, and my creatively-colored outfits are the ones that I tend to be really proud of.

Maybe it’s just that it’s a cooler red? Maybe cranberry just isn’t meant to be a summer color. Maybe I should just stick with pinky-shades or raspberry reds and leave it at that. I just want to crack the code!

Do you like red? If so, what shades do you prefer? What colors do you pair it with? Give me your secrets.

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6 thoughts on “Outfit Post: 6/20/12

  1. I love red! I own a few bright red shirts. I tend to pair them with navy shorts or jeans. I wouldn’t have thought to pair it with black, white or olive.
    One word of advice for if you expand your red-wear; don’t wear red to Target ~ it seems to make you a magnet for customer questions. Sometimes I am helpful, sometimes I send them to the wrong side of the store. Depends on how nice they ask…especially since I. don’t. work. there. I very rarely shop there anymore so it hasn’t been a problem now for years, but it still makes me chuckle…

  2. I’m working on red dude. It’s not that I don’t like red, it’s just that I like green SO MUCH MORE. And because of said green-tendencies, I don’t collect red because then Christmas happens.

  3. I have grown to LOVE red! As I’m sure you have grasped from it’s frequent appearances on my blog. And my secrets…uh, pair it with everything? Except green, cause that equals Christmas, like Tia says. All blues will go with reds (although you might have to do a teensy bit of color matching there), you could use your devil orange color, white is perfect and so is black, bright yellow is good for a color pop, I’ve even seen people work it with purples (although I am not that bold). Basically, just hold your red up to all your other stuff in the closet and it looks pretty with another color and the silhouettes work, poof! Magic.

  4. I don’t have a ton of red in my closet–actually, now that I think about it, NONE of my dresses are red! (Like Tia, I gravitate towards green.) But I have a few red shirts/sweaters. My favorite red-containing outfit is a cherry red shirt with a turquoise skirt, which I sometimes wear with a red cardigan that has a turquoise lace overlay. Is that too specific? Actionable advice: red and turquoise!

  5. D says:

    I really like red, but it is hard for me to style too. Mostly because of the Christmas vibe, or the Independence day vibe. Also, I used to work at target, so even though I really like it with khaki, it just feels wrong now. Black, white and red is a really good combo (thats what I’m wearing today!), and I really like it with brown too. I also think it looks good with touches of yellow and/or orange.

  6. I like wearing red, but it needs to be burgundy-red or rusty-red and not RED-red, because then I look like a sick person. I like to pair it with brown and wood and leather accessories – red with black is usually too harsh-looking for me, and I like the warm and vaguely medieval feel you get from red and brown.

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