Scarlet Women: Red for Autumn 2012

Red The 21st Century Housewife


This fall, fashion is embracing the dark side – richer, warmer colours dominated the catwalk and of all the deeper shades around, red is one of the strongest trends. Contrary to what many women believe, there really is a shade of this wonderful colour that suits everyone. From rich berry reds and burgundies to bright poppies, no matter what your colouring, you can definitely wear red.

Which shade of red is right for you? In general, complexions with pink tones are better with plummy shades of red and those with yellow tones suit warmer reds, but there are no hard and fast rules.

One of the easiest ways to find the your perfect red is to visit a cosmetic counter or two. The shade of red lipstick the beauty advisor chooses for you really can inform which red you choose for your clothes. Be sure to visit more than one beauty advisor though; at the Vogue Festival I found out that contrary to what I had believed for years, not only could I wear red lipstick, but more than one shade of red suited me.


It turns out I’m a scarlet woman, but that plummy reds work well on me too. Once you have found ‘your’ red, there are many ways to wear it depending on how confident you feel. You can choose to use a hint of red with a great accessory.



Court Shoes by LK Bennett | Olympia Handbag by Jaeger | Gloves by Dents

You can also use red as a block colour, choosing a sweater or skirt in your favourite shade, offset by other neutral pieces in black or taupe,


Erin Textured Pencil Skirt by Phase Eight | Max Mara Weekend Agevole Ruffle Top

or you can embrace your inner scarlet woman with top to toe red, one of my favourite ways to wear this trend.


Ralph Lauren dress and Calvin Klein pumps, accessorised with a handmade pashmina | Dress by Fenn Wright Manson | Dress by John Lewis

However you wear it, in whatever shade, don’t leave this gorgeous colour out of your wardrobe this season!

The 21st Century Housewife has not been compensated for this post.


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Article by April Harris

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April is a writer, recipe developer, frequent traveller and blogger sharing travel, food, and style. Based in the south of England, April is a British Canadian who is passionate about family, hearth and home, healthy living (with treats!) and the transformative power of travel.

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