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What Colors to Wear With Red Pants

by Stacey Kole, studioD

A snazzy pair of red pants is an eye-catching way to mix up your basic blues and blacks. If you’re not used to rocking colored bottoms, ease into the idea by pairing them with more tailored, neutral pieces. The look will be both polished and wearable while adding a little spice to your standby staples.

Light and Soft

Reach for white, ivory, tan and beige to complement your bright red pants. Not only do these light neutrals go essentially with everything, but they also keep the overall appearance fresh and daytime-appropriate. Team a white button-down blouse with red cropped pants and neutral ballet flats for a preppy weekend look. Roll up the sleeves and add a chunky gold watch and small matching hoops; carry an oversize tan leather tote to complete the look.

Dark and Bold

Make your red pants office-appropriate or fit for a night out by pairing them with dark neutral separates. Black, navy and gray dress up the bright look of red and infuse a bit of polish. For your next lunch meeting, wear flared crimson trousers with a gray tank and sharp black blazer; slip into black high-heeled Mary-Janes and finish with silver jewelry. As a stylish alternative, rock navy with red for a nautical nod. Team red skinny jeans with a navy-and-white striped top and tie it all together with navy espadrilles and a whimsical anchor necklace.

About the Author

Stacey Kole worked for five years as managing editor of the style and pop-culture magazine Savvy, where she traveled coast-to-coast covering all things fashion and beauty. In addition to daily writing and editing duties, she interviewed and penned cover stories on such celebrities as Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene.

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