This look does not come as a surprise to the diligent readers of the blog, I showed the red shirt, red skirt and red shoes combination a while back in my Sezane post. The novelty is demonstrating how to wear all this when it’s really cold, with a sweater, coat and boots. There was in fact a specific request to see the boots, after I posted a shot of them on Instagram.
Everyone (and by “everyone” I of course do not mean everyone) has been wearing red/talking about wearing red this season and although the trend will wane, classic shapes in a red that suits you will remain a good look. If you want to be noticed or make a statement while staying entirely within the limits of a conservative office dress code, wearing red is a great option. In this specific case, all elements individually – at least the indoor ones – are almost boring, but the cumulative impact is noticeable.
Coming to the outer layer, the obvious option in the context of current trends would be to add a red coat and I agree, it would look fantastic. I did not want to buy anything new, however (I do have a red checked jacket that works very nicely here, but it’s not the look I had in mind), so I went for a different approach. I kept everything else red and wore a contrasting coat. Red and pale blue is one of my favourite combinations and I think it still feels fresh.
To the shirt and the skirt, I added a red chuncky knit and red over-the-knee boots for warmth. The slouchy footwear takes away some of the elegance, but one could argue this is a good thing and anyway, I really like the tall-boots-under-a-midi-skirt look at the moment. When it’s cold, this is a great alternative to opaque tights that really seem wrong to me these days. Plus the colour is just amazing. Now is also a good time to reiterate that when wearing red, the shades do not have to match exactly. My shirt and boots are in fact pretty far apart on the spectrum, but it doesn’t bother me at all.
How do you feel about wearing red to work? Any views on colourful coats?
Images by Liina Jasmin, MUAH Grete Madisson. Shirt by Sezane, skirt by Lilli Jahilo, shoes by Prada, sweater by Massimo Dutti, coat and boots by Zara. Sincere thanks again to Tallinn Botanical Garden for allowing us in!