How to Wear Red: 5 Festive Outfit Ideas

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It’s the color of the season: festive, bold and sophisticated. But red can be an intimidating shade to wear for all those reasons. “Red is not a color that blends into the crowd,” says EVEREVE’s Director of Styling, Ashley Linsmeier. “But there are a variety of ways to incorporate the of-the-moment shade into your wardrobe without being too over-the-top.” Here, how to wear red and how to style red with five great outfit ideas from Ash. 

1. A Burgundy Heel for a Pop of Color

“Accessories are a fantastic way to add a pop of color to any outfit,” says Ash. These burgundy heels are the perfect hue to complement (not overpower) neutral tones, like this gorgeous cream blouse and black vegan leather jogger. The mix of textures—sparkle, shine and matte suede— creates a seriously chic look that’s the perfect nod to the festive season. 

Shop the look: Shop Allison Joy Cally Rib Shine Top | Shop All Sparkle + Shine | Shop Commando Faux Leather Jogger | Shop All Commando | Shop Sam Edelman Hazel Pump In Bordeaux 

2. A Casual-Cool Shacket 

It’s no secret we’re shacket-obsessed here at EVEREVE and this red, gold and purple (!) plaid combo makes us swoon. The blend of colors is a bit unexpected, but the red really elevates the outdoorsy vibe. Pair with leggings or denim and great boots for an easy, pulled-together-in-five ensemble. 

Shop the look: Shop Sanctuary Midi Shacket | Shop All Shackets | Shop Commando Neoprene Legging | Shop Sorel Lennox Lace Boots | Shop All Sorel 

3. A Sophisticated Statement Blouse

The gorgeous palette of rich red and deep eggplant makes this blouse a beauty, and a fun way to embrace red without feeling like your outfit screams, well, red. “There’s so much to love about this top.The fun statement sleeves, the gorgeous print, and it’s easy versatility. It’s perfect to dress up or wear with jeans,” says Ash, who paired it with velvet joggers and that stunning heel for a look that’s party perfect. 

Shop the look: Shop Sanctuary Starry Night Shirt | Shop All Tops | Shop Commando Velvet Jogger | Shop Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Bordeaux 

4. A Bold Sweater for Full-On Festive

Lean into red with a cozy knit that’s festive for holiday gatherings. Pairing the vibrant hue with straight-leg jeans keeps the look casual and relaxed, and subtle gold accessories add warmth for the perfect finishing touch (and who can resist cozy slippers?). 

Shop the look: Shop John and Jenn Brooklyn Puff Pullover | Shop All Sweaters | Shop Straight-Leg Denim | Shop Gold Jewelery | Shop Slippers

5. Go Monochromatic for Major Impact 

This dress may seem bold, and going monochromatic certainly delivers an impactful look, but it’s not as intimidating as it may seem. “This rich red hue is really beautiful,” explains Ash, “and details such as the flattering waist and on-trend tiering add interest and dimension, breaking up the solid color.” Pair with a stunning heel for easy elegance from head-to-toe. 

Shop the look: Shop Roan + Ryan Talulah Holiday Dress | Shop All Dresses| Shop Sam Edelman Hazel Pump in Bordeaux | Shop Necklaces 

Get Colorful With EVEREVE

The festive season is the perfect excuse to step outside your style comfort zone. So c’mon, try something red! Want more styling tips from Ash? Check her out each week on EVEREVE TV.

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