I don’t have a love-hate relationship with red, but it’s a little bit…awkward. I love how dramatic, exciting and memorable red is but I have a hard time living with it. I’ve had a red kitchen several times. Three to be exact and they were all the same kitchen. I was our painter back then so it was easy to experiment.
I loved the color going on the walls. I loved the cozy feeling it gave the kitchen, but after a week or two, I repainted it taupe. The texture on the walls was beginning to smooth out when I finally threw in the paint rag and admitted that I couldn’t live with a red kitchen.
In the last 25 or so years, I’ve only had a few red items in my wardrobe and one plaid with red in it. I love red on others but experience has shown that a little bit goes a long way with me. Which is why I was shocked to find these cranberry red pants in my shopping bag.
Maybe it was the cool tone that attracted me because I know they’ll coordinate with other colors in my wardrobe, but whatever the reason, I decided to brave them. I chose the regular length because the petite inseam is a full 2 1/2 inches shorter. Inseams usually differ by an inch or so but that’s pretty significant. I prefer straight leg ankle pants to cover my ankle unless they’re very skinny, so this length is perfect for me.
Tea rose is a flattering color near my face so I tossed this cotton pullover around my shoulders. I was delighted to love the mix of tea rose with red. Sweater sets are strong for fall so you may see plenty of them worn this way. It gives a preppy, relaxed vibe when worn with insouciance. If you wear it with confidence it won’t come off as contrived. My attitude is even if it comes off as goofy, it’s a fun look.
Even if I owned red shoes, I wouldn’t have worn them here. Baby steps for me with red. I need to wear it as an accent color, not a mainstay.
How about you?
Are you wild about red?
How do you wear it?