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How to wear red without looking trashy

Donning a gown in fire engine red like Zhang Ziyi is certainly not the only way to wear this traffic-stopping hue. Check out these fab looks from the red carpet and runways for more styling ideas

26 October 2018

Model Karlie Kloss at Donna Karan Autumn Winter 2014. Want to bet that some starlet will be wearing this gown on the red carpet pretty soon too? Image: Showbit

It may be the choice colour for Chinese New Year and oddly enough on recent red carpets (you’d think that wearing red on red would make you disappear in photos, wouldn’t you?) but these sort of major occasions are not the only reasons for wearing this lucky colour.

This sexy siren of a hue adds a vibrant pop of colour to your outfit; who can deny the instant mood uplift when you’re wearing such a bright shade? Besides, this ‘look-at-me’ colour is having a major comeback on Autumn Winter 2014 runways too.

The many shades of red on the Autumn Winter 2014 runways of (L-R): Donna Karan, Prabal Gurung, Christian Dior and Prada. Images: Showbit

Don’t be too daunted by this intense shade: We’ll take you through from easy-to-wear looks for the office to the glamazon “all red” gowns, as seen on stars like Zhang Ziyi and Tang Wei.

The first rule of thumb is to pick the right shade of red for you, especially if you’re wearing it from head to toe. A warm red tends to look more flattering on skin with yellow tones, while the fairer ones among us will shine in cooler shades of red. Another tip: Wearing just a touch of red via a statement bag or shoes is an easy way to pull off the bright shade.

Actress Tang Wei in a Burberry London lace dress at the 21st Beijing College Student Film Festival. Image: Burberry

Got that sorted? Then do try out these five fab outfit ideas, as seen in our gallery below. Do check out our video too for more styling tips on wearing red, without looking like a red packet.

This story is first published on Her World.