It’s not easy to carry off a red look, because the colour carries connotations of boldness and rebellion. If overdone, the wearer of red could be judged wrongly. In this piece, we tell you exactly how to hit the right balance with red pieces of clothing that you can wear for all occasions.


Red is one of the most instinctive colours in the visual spectrum. It stands for many things: boldness, passion, fire – but sometimes it’s difficult to strike a balance with it when we use it in fashion. You need to have confidence to pull off a red look without coming off as too tacky or too desperate. Here are seven ways in which to rock the colour red in your fashion.

1. Use it as a bindi

The red bindi has since time immemorial been the quintessential symbol of beauty for the Indian woman. Go for a slightly larger than normal variety of the bindi, which will give you the look of a Bengali damsel. You can use it on matching clothes with red garments, but if you want to really stand out, wear it on pale-coloured clothes like white and cream so that the viewer’s eye is drawn towards your bindi, and then of course to your eyes. This works equally well with gold and silver jewellery.

2. Lipstick

With lipstick, the most important thing to take care of is whether the shade of your lipstick complements the tone of your skin. If you’re fair, go for a bright red shade, and if you’re wheatish to dark, you may find that a duller shade will add more softness to your look. It will also depend, of course, on the shape of your face and the sharpness of your features. Whatever shade you use, though, be sure that you use the same matching colour on your fingernails.

3. Red hair

You know what they say about redheads. If you wish to show off the fiery, passionate side to your personality, then nothing does it better than a dash of red hair. This look is slowly gaining popularity among Indian women, though a full head of red hair is difficult to carry off. Go for a shade that complements your skin colour, and don’t be scared to try out highlights or selective colouring before you decide to go all in. Either way, be prepared to turn some heads as you enter the room.

4. Red pants

When it comes to pants, red is a tricky colour to wear because it may end up making you look a bit androgynous. If that is the look you’re going for, great, but if not, you may want to complement your red pants with more feminine top like a kurti or even a body hugging t-shirt that displays your curves. A thin black belt around the waist will complete the look. Leave your hair open, and for your feet you can go with either boots or stilettos.

5. Red little dress

Everyone knows about the black little dress that is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. But did you know that a red little dress is equally important? Have something that’s the right size for your body type, which means that it must skim your curves and end just above the knees, revealing a little bit of your thighs. If you’re wearing this, keep the rest of your attire simple so that your dress hogs all the attention, as it should.

Amit Batra

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