Get the Look for Less: Red

Paint the Town Red!

One of the key AW17 fashion trends that has been everywhere during multiple Fashion Weeks over the past month has been the colour red. Big names in the fashion industry such as Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Fendi, pretty much everyone to be honest, have sent various tones of crimson, burgundy and scarlet down the runway. From patent leather kitten heeled boots to cosy knitwear paired with bright red vinyl trousers, every street-style veteran has embraced this trend full force. Long gone are the days of neutrals and ‘safe dressing’, it is time to embrace this look from head to toe.

Of course, full body colour-blocking is a brave task and there are certainly attainable ways in which to incorporate this season’s chosen shade into your everyday wardrobe. Pairing a statement red top with light wash blue jeans allows for an injection of vibrant colour to a more casual outfit. Chunky red knitwear, or simple red t-shirt, is a simple and affordable way to stay in style. If you want more of a statement, try an all-black outfit with a bright red jacket; this will turn a subdued ensemble into a more strikingly dramatic look with minimal effort. If you prefer a more minimalist colour palette, even something as simple as accessorising with red can make a statement, without it being too intense. With autumn already on us and winter approaching, try a red scarf or hat. You can be on trend with the added bonus of keeping warm.

The amazing thing about this Autumn’s ‘it girl colour’ is that it is just that, a colour. It is not a designer handbag or a £100 pair of trainers that everyone ‘needs’ to own, but something that many people already have in their wardrobe. The high-street is being painted in red, making it one of the more accessible street style crazes in recent years.


Zara Damaged Skinny Jeans, £25.99.


Add a white t-shirt to these jeans and you instantly look as edgy as Bella Hadid, and who doesn’t want that? These jeans are so easy to take from day to night: a pair of boots or trainers to dress them down, while you can also take them for a night on the town with a pair of black heels.


New Look Red Patent Asymmetric Flap Clutch Bag, £9.99.


Anything patent or PVC is everywhere this season. If you are, understandably, not brave enough to adopt the patent clothing trend, accessories are the next best thing. Dressed down with a shirt and jeans, and this clutch becomes a statement piece for a minimalist outfit.


Stradivarius Slouchy Round Neck Jumper on ASOS, £25.99.


The shade of red isn’t too vibrant and therefore a little more understated for daily wear. The red is a perfect tone for Autumn, and the slight bell sleeves add a slight edginess to an otherwise classic design. Style it with a pair of light blue mom jeans and white trainers, and you have a seemingly effortless but stylish look.


Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick Shade 1, on Superdrug, £5.49.


A red lip can add a certain classicism to any clothing ensemble. It is easy to inject the colour of the moment into your wardrobe in this affordable and understated way.


Claudia Lace


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