How To Pull Off Red

It all started with designer Raf Simons. His SS15 collection, which was presented last June, saw models walking through a hazy, red-lit runway. It finally all made sense – combined with the rich reds we’d seen previously at Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen, we were witnessing the conception of spring/summer 2015’s biggest colour trend.

Naturally, a lot of you might immediately think of red alarm bells when you hear this news. This powerful hue is often considered hard to pull off, but we’re set to show you how to get it right.

After all, there’s more to it than just slinging on a pair of red chino’s like a Made In Chelsea cast member would:

1. In The Details

Not a fan of colour? That’s fine, you don’t have to develop a taste for red overnight.

Think like Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy and introduce subtle slices of it on the collar of a shirt, or opt for a sportswear-inspired varsity top/jacket with red or maroon sleeves.

Team with your warm-weather wardrobe staples for an effortless take on the trend:

Zara Contrast Short Sleeve TopImage: Zara

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2. Work-Appropriate

What better way to breathe life into your tailoring than with a sharp injection of colour?

Dress code permitting, a smart red check/stripe shirt or burgundy-toned tie can help introduce personality and vibrancy to your office attire, giving it a much-needed lift:

Wearing Red - Men's Shirt and Tie - Outfit InspirationImage: Marks & Spencer

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3. Outerwear

Bold coloured outerwear is still very much on-trend, and red is a go-to choice if you want to make a statement.

Look to invest in a lightweight silhouette – such as a bomber, rain, technical or field jacket – that will get plenty of use from now until winter rolls back around.

As for how to wear? Keep the rest of your outfit pared-back and neutral in order to let your jacket do all the talking:

Wearing Red - Men's Jackets/Outerwear - Outfit InspirationImage: River Island

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4. Footwear

Red doesn’t have to mean bright. Think darker, wine-inspired shades like maroon or Bordeaux.

Burgundy G.H. Bass penny loafers are a classic and timeless choice that would make a superb addition to any modern wardrobe, and can be dressed up or down with ease.

Team with selvedge denim and a tweed blazer for a look that references the design’s Ivy League heritage:

Wearing Red - Men's Footwear - Outfit InspirationPhoto: G.H. Bass

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5. Head-To-Toe

The confident or more trend-conscious amongst us may wish to consider going the whole hog when it comes to red. A head-to-toe or tonal red look will definitely make a statement, and cannot fail to ensure all eyes stay on you.

The easiest way to pull off this look is with a red suit. Anchor with neutral wardrobe staples for the best effect – try a white shirt, navy tie and dark brown shoes if you are dressing up, or a white T-shirt and minimal pair of trainers if you desire something more relaxed:

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