Fashion is the perfect medium for self-expression. It allows men and women from around the globe to be artistic and creative. In addition to unique designs and types of clothing, this creativity is further assisted by the plethora of colors to choose from.
Unfortunately, the color situation in men’s fashion is not looking good. Black, blue, and brown have become the default colors for the majority of men, with gray and light blue not far behind. Each color on this list is amazing in its own right, but they are all starting to get stale due to their overuse. It’s time to look outside the box and welcome vibrant colors like red into our lives.
Why Specifically Red?
Red is a color of many meanings. For some, it represents love and romance as the color of valentines. Some others see it as the color of a burning passion, a passion for getting somewhere in life, no matter how difficult the path is.
However, the biggest reason why you should make red clothing a permanent part of your wardrobe is its association with confidence. It will be very difficult to find another color that is as brilliantly bold as red. Wearing even the smallest amounts of red is enough to let people recognize that you know what you’re doing when it comes to fashion.
When to Wear Red
Should red be a part of men’s essential clothing? Absolutely. There is no question about it. But, should men wear it everywhere at any time? No, not really. Just like everything else, there is a time and a place that best suits a specific style. That said, red offers the opposite mentality. Instead of there being a few occasions and events that do work with red, there are only a few that do not.
An easy way to remember the situations where you should not wear red is to look for events that you don’t want to be the start of. It is no secret that vibrant red attracts a lot of attention, even if you want it or not. So, any situation in which you do not want to become the center of attention is a no-go for red.
The best part about this boundary is that it is completely subjective. Every man will have a different set of rules regarding where they can and cannot wear red, based on their own life and experiences.
How to Wear Red
Now that you have some understanding of what makes red so great, it is time to integrate it into your wardrobe. Here are a few outfits with red that you should try out.
Let’s start our list with one of the most premium-looking outfits a man can wear. The star of the show here is a well-fitted red button-up that provides a sturdy base for the blazer. Now pair it with a black blazer and slim-fit black jeans, and you will look handsome to no end.
However, this is not the only blazer outfit that you can craft with a red shirt. Another great outfit is the same red button-up but with a pair of blue jeans and a white blazer. Finish this outfit off with a pair of red velvet loafers, and you’re dressed to impress.
Fiery Red Summer
Summer fashion is often associated with lightweight fabrics, light colors, and mild hoes. Pastel colors are at their prime, and everyone loves dressing up in light blue. However, not many people know how good something like a fiery red t-shirt can look during the hot months of the year.
A great example of such an outfit would be a plain red polo with a pair of thigh-high white shorts. The shorts and polo combo are extremely common for summer, but seeing it in such contrasty colors will make the whole ensemble extremely memorable. With the simple addition of a sun hat, this combo can also be used as a beach outfit.
Red color and legwear are a better match than you might initially think. A pair of red pants is extremely versatile. You can just wear a plain white t-shirt on top, and your outfit will look clean and stylish.
But you don’t have to stop. Take it a step further to red pants and red and blue flannel, and you’re using this color to its fullest. Finish the outfit off with a pair of white high-top sneakers and a fedora hat, and you’re the style king of your college campus.
Dressing up can be a bit hectic at times. First, you have to find the right outfit, which can take some time. Then you have to wear it for long amounts of time, even if it is slightly uncomfortable, just because it looks good on you. What if there was an outfit that was stylish, vibrant, and comfortable at the same time?
Well, it turns out, there is, and it is held together by a pair of burgundy pants. On top of the pants are an untucked white button-up and a maroon/red knit sweater. That is all you need for the perfect balance of coziness and fashion appeal.
A great attribute of wearing red is that it stands out, no matter how little you’re wearing. So, you don’t have to wear fully red shirts or fully red pants. Something about a brown suede jacket outfit combined with a red scarf screams tasteful and classy.
Even things as physically insignificant as the buttons on your shirt can provide tons of impact just by being red. Some might even argue that the smaller stuff pops more due to the contrasting colors immediately next to it.
Mistakes to Avoid When Wearing Red
Integrating red into your everyday look can be extremely fun, but it can also be a bit challenging. It is not very strict, and you can pair it with random clothes to some extent. However, some mistakes can lead to disaster before you know it. Luckily, these mistakes are not that difficult to avoid when you know what to look for, and this list tells you just that.
Adding Another Vibrant Color
Remember that red is enough. It is a color that engulfs the viewer’s eyes and attention, so the things around it need to be neutral. Black, white, and other light colors are your best friend when crafting outfits around a red garment. Wearing something like a neon pink t-shirt on top of a red pair of jeans is a bad idea no matter the way you look at it.
Giving Red Too Much Attention
As we’ve said many times before, red is an attention-sucking color. It will guide and then glue the viewer’s eyes to a certain spot and keep it there. That’s why you do not want to wear an outfit that is all red or similar shades. For example, wearing something like a maroon suit with a light red shirt and a red tie is a big no-no.
Wearing the Wrong Texture
The textures are not discussed much in men’s fashion, and it is easy to see why. Most colors don’t offer much difference between the texture and generally give a very similar vibe. That is not the case with red, and the texture of a red garment heavily affects its overall look. This is where you can run into issues of wearing the wrong texture. For example, a velvet red bucket hat looks gorgeous, but a pair of pants made with the same texture will look unpleasant at best.
Not Wearing It with Confidence
This might sound a bit trivial, but the key to successfully rocking red outfits is to wear them with confidence. So, only wear red clothing that you actually like. If you think that a specific red item doesn’t look good on you, your hesitation will be noticeable, no matter how hard you try to hide it.
A red shirt looks fantastic with both white and black uppers. These uppers can be many things from blazers to men’s leather jackets and will look equally good. As for the pants, there is nothing that can beat a pair of blue jeans, but black chinos come very close.
In short, yes. Despite its underuse in men’s wider fashion, red looks incredibly good on most men. They don’t even have to wear something entirely red. Even something along the lines of a red tie on a basic black suit with a white shirt can add a whole lot of charisma to the whole ensemble.
Wearing bright red for guys is a balancing act between harnessing the power of this vibrant color and not overdoing it. The easiest way to go about this issue is to limit the red to one item per outfit. The size or significance of the item does not matter as much as red color finds a way to stand out no matter what.
Yes, you should wear red. You can start small with accent pieces like scarfs, beanies, pocket squares, and ties. The next step would be crafting unique outfits with red shirts, and pants by surrounding them with neutral colors and designs. The last and the most difficult to pull off stage is wearing red suits and almost all-red outfits. Progressing through these stages will take some work, but the end results would be worth the effort.
Yes, gray pants work flawlessly with red shirts of all kinds. They perfectly play into the idea of pairing the bright red clothes with a neutral hue.
Red is one of, if not the most underrated colors in men’s fashion. It is shocking how few people have any red in their wardrobe, let alone full pieces of clothing in this color. If you do manage to get past this lack of popularity, you will quickly find yourself immersed in the world of red fashion.
It is an extremely vibrant color that is filled to the brim with passion and confidence. All you have to do is take the first step, own your first red garment, start using it on a regular basis, and you’ll have a large and diverse arsenal of red outfits before you know it.