Red hair is fascinating
As a kid I was always fascinated by the hair color of a little redhead – a strawberry blonde – in our class. She could wear a monochromatic outfit in all gray, black or whatever neutral color and always looked stunning. It was the pop of color from her hair that made these looks friendly and “hey, look at me!”
My mom faked being a redhead in her 30s
I am glad, I inherited my dad’s hair with respect to getting gray. He did not start getting gray hair before his early 60s, while my mom already was 50% gray in her mid-thirties. That was about the time she started dying her hair mahogany red instead of bleaching the ash brown to a gold blonde which was the phase after dying her hair in bluish black. In the late 70s and early 80s, mahogany and/or henna red were the It colors of feminists.
The old-fashioned rule: No red for redheads
While during her black and blonde hair phase and later in her silver fox phase she was an avid wearer of red, she avoided red like the plague when she was a fake redhead. She followed and believed in the (old-)fashioned rule
Redheads can’t wear red and should wear brown, green and blue.
Of course, doing so was how redheads dressed back then.
The new way for stylish redheads is no fear of red
A lot has changed in fashion since then. Today, a lot of fashion rules we 40+ women have been taught by our mothers, aunts, teachers, and maybe grannies, look so Old Lady and Yesteryear.
I contacted seven awesome redhead fashion and style bloggers and asked them
What is your most important advice how to wear/style red for redheads?
I also asked to show an example outfit.
How to look stunning in red as a redhead
Linda Cassidy, blogger at A Labour of Life
I love being a Red head and wearing red. The key for me is dressing for your skin coloring not your hair coloring. Red for me is staying on the cherry/blue tones which provides for better impact.
Jessica Jannenga, blogger at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
Redheads should not be afraid to wear red. Jewel tones are very complimentary to a red head’s skin tone. Finding the right shade of red , ( whether more of a red-blue hue or red-orange hue depends on the skin tone. Warm tones are more flattering, as too much orange-red can be too stark against the pale skin. Make sure there is enough of a difference between the red of your hair and the red of the garment. This Fall: try berries, burgundy, rich red, brick shades.
Suzanne Carillo, blogger at Suzanne Carillo
Finding the correct shade of red to work with your hair and skin tone is important. I prefer blue based reds that are highly saturated, almost a blood red. If you have an issue with wearing red next to your face just move it to the bottom half of your body.
Catherine Summer, blogger at Not Dressed as Lamb
My tips for wearing red as a redhead is simply to forget the notion that you’re not “supposed” to wear it. If you like red then just go for it – experiment with different shades until you find one that suits you and that you feel confident in. If you’re worried about any potential clash between red pieces and your hair, go for red accessories or wear it away from face. However, nothing quite has the power that a red dress has – it’s the ultimate head-turner!
Martina, blogger at Elegant 40
In my opinion, the red color you wear should have the right undertone to be in harmony with your skin tone. How do you know? Well, you just feel it, you just feel so damn sexy in that right red dress!
Anna Shirly, blogger at The Glam Adventure
I think the red color is not forbidden. On the contrary. This color could be perfect compliment for the read headed people. If I have red hair, I would use the red color more for bottoms. Is it possible to use red color for top as well. But in this case I would put something between the hair and the top – the scarf or statement necklace for example. Or the cold shoulder top will work perfectly as well.
Jennie, blogger at A Pocketful of Polka Dots
When it comes to wearing red, I say embrace it and make a bold statement! Because wearing a bright red is unexpected, it immediately draws the eye and makes a powerful visual declaration. I always receive an abundance of compliments when I take this uncommon route.
When you found this post helpful/interesting tweet your redhead friends that you found great advice on how to wear red as a redhead. Thanks for sharing.
You also may like to read about how to look great in this fall’s hair jewelry trend or how to look great in makeup over 40.
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