7 Color Pairings That Make Red Look Incredible

Allyson Payer

The color red is one of the boldest and most exciting shades that one can wear, which explains its unwavering popularity. Some would even consider it a neutral. (Two fun facts: The word for red also means "beautiful" in Russian, and seeing the color can make your heart beat faster.) But given how bold it is, figuring out the colors that go with red can be somewhat of a head-scratcher.

While black and white are safe, obvious pairings with the ruby hue, we're partial to the less obvious choices. To get a visual on the most successful color combinations, we turned to the style of the streets, which are full of gorgeous red looks season after season, and found seven (of many) successful looks featuring red as either the primary color or the accent color. Either way, you'll get a clear picture of which hues work the best with red when you see how these stylish women wear the vibrant shade. So step away from the black and white (at least every once in a while) and check out and shop our picks below.


Perhaps the most surprising of pairings, mustard yellow and red are two warm hues that look very cool together.

Mango High Collar Sweater ($60)


Pink and red is a fashion-girl favorite. Given that they're in the same color family, it's hard to go wrong with any shade of pink.

A.L.C. Jane Dress ($297)


When it comes to metallics, silver trumps them all. Its icy hue makes red look even more vibrant.

Botkier Hannah Heel Mules ($104)


If you're looking for a neutral alternative to the usual black or white, reach for camel. It looks expensive and is a tad more unexpected.

Halogen Hooded Trench Coat ($72)


As you can see via Leandra Medine, this patriotic pairing never fails to look crisp.

Staud Elio Dress ($200)


Army green is certainly an unexpected pairing, but that's what makes it cool. Pair the clashing colors with neutral hues to avoid any confusion.

AG Jeans Caden Camo Twill Trousers ($99)


Similar to silver, cool-toned gray makes red pop. Tip: It's a no-fail color combination for the office.

1901 Stretch Wool Blend Sweater Blazer ($55)

Shop Our Red Picks

Joie Kore Sweater ($173.6)

We love a bright, textured pullover. 

Vince Flannel Tailored Pants ($163)

For those days when jeans just aren't warm enough.

& Other Stories Cropped Relaxed Fit Turtleneck ($89)

Good luck finding a more perfect red sweater.

Little Liffner Mademoiselle Croc-Effect Leather Tote ($196)

The coolest way to add a pop of color.

Court & Rowe Light Luxe Tipped Cotton & Silk Cardigan ($32)

This is how to make a statement at the office while keeping it professional.

Re/Done 80s Cotton-Terry Sweatshirt ($195)

There's always room for another sweatshirt.

Villa Rouge Loden Boots ($98)

The most stylish way to get noticed? Wear these boots.

Equipment Faun Dress ($190)

This would be lovely with the silver shoes included above.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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