THE RED ALTERNATIVE

Asian woman standing next to building

Asian woman standing next to building wearing red velvet blazer

Asian woman standing next to building wearing red velvet blazer

Asian woman standing next to building wearing red velvet blazer

red velvet jacket next to black pant

 

RED is my favorite color (if you’ve been following my blog, you’d probably know that already). It’s a color that represents blood and fire, which associates with power and strength, as well as love and passion. The color also means different things in various countries. In Chinese culture, it means good fortune and prosperity. That’s why red is used often in the Lunar New Year, from red envelopes, decorations and clothing. It’s everywhere.

What does it mean to wear the color red? Well in America, it relates to sex: lipstick, lingerie, dress (Julia Roberts in Pretty Women),the back of Christian Louboutin shoes, nail polish and the list goes on. Plain and simple, it is sexy to wear red.

As beautiful the color red is, it may not be for everyone. An alternative would be a darker red. In my outfit today, you’ll see all different shades of the dark reds that are closer to brown or purple.: cordovan, ox blood and maroon. The tonality of all different shades belonging to the red family all work together.

Let’s start with the billowy shirt. When look closely, the burgundy and black mini stripes are alternating creating a subtle stripe. This top is made in a light weight georgette, soft and flow-y. It’s the perfect fabrication for this feminine silhouette.

I paired the top with a wool pinstripe trouser. It has a dark ground and thin maroon stripes, creating a subtle pattern that compliments. To wear prints/patterns to together, keep in mind to have the colors monochromatic. You can’t go wrong! Try it and let me know how it works out.

Layering a third piece in velvet is the cream of the crop to styling this outfit. It pulls this entire look altogether, because of the richness in this cordovan color. Velvet has a luxe factor that’ll upscale your look any day.

The razor pointy Celine ankle booties is the icing on the cake. I love the modern shape of the shoe creating a relevant look. It’s made in the most gorgeous oxblood Italian patent leather with a kitten heel low enough to run around all day in. Its my newest obsession.

The same goes with other colors such as yellow, pink, and any bright colors. Consider a darker or less saturated shade. There’s always an alternative. Have fun trying these styling tips!

This outfit also works for Valentine’s Day casual after work date (it’s on a Wednesday in case you weren’t aware). It’s a promising look with a hint of sex appeal, but without being too obvious. Win!

 

XO, E.

 


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3 comments

Cortney Bigelow February 8, 2018 at 7:39 PM

Damn girllll – you look good in red!

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elisa February 9, 2018 at 6:42 PM

Thanks IGW! You’re photography skills are on point!

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Ava (your fabulos niece) February 12, 2018 at 2:39 PM

love the outfit, words, not that appropriate for my age….lol

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