How to Wear Red: The Guy’s Guide to Sporting More Color
Prime your closet for more color with this series of guides for bold shades. SG HQ is breaking down how to wear stylish hues (like how to wear red!) with easy color combinations and outfit ideas for guys.
Catch up on bright blue, amber, lavender, army green, salmon, slate, orange, gold, teal, khaki, burgundy, red, cobalt blue, mint green, pale orange, yellow and navy.
Like the noise that blares from its namesake truck, a bright fire engine red is intense and instantly attention-grabbing in an outfit.
The good news is a true red looks good on…well, pretty much everyone. Plus, it’s a power color (seriously, check out this Google result) that will give you a total confidence boost when you wear it.
Because it’s such a bold shade, some guys shy away from wearing red. But we’re here to tell you that red can be surprisingly versatile in a guy’s wardrobe.
Red looks great in ensembles both dressed up and for everyday, so there’s plenty of opportunities to wear this traffic-stopping color.
Below, the best colors to wear with red:
How to wear bright red
So, what colors work best with bright red? Think neutrals like sharkskin grey and navy. But that’s not all, you can also turn things up by pairing red with mandarin orange. Yes, orange!
A good rule of thumb?
The brighter the hue, the less square footage it should take up on your bod, so keep this super bright shade to a minimum.
Which isn’t to say you can’t wear a red jacket or bright chinos —seriously, go ahead, go for it. But if you’re usually a neutrals guy, start with accessories like ties, watch straps, and even sneakers in a bright red color.
We love when a guy’s not afraid to let his look grab the spotlight—just be sure the rest of your ensemble balances out with slightly quieter color choices.
wear red on a date
pants: Bonobos | turtleneck: Wahts | denim jacket: Alex Mill | sneakers: Jak
SG Says: A bold color like red doesn’t mean you can’t wear other bold shades in an outfit, it’s all about balance.
The bright red pants here are tempered by a neutral-hued turtleneck and sneakers, while the denim chore coat tempers the whole look for an outfit that’s classy, not loud.
wear red on the weekends
overshirt: Wax London | hoodie: Madhappy | boots: Clarks | jeans: Bonobos
SG Says: Don’t be afraid to wear red in more than one item.
In this casual look, there’s just the slightest hint of red in the overshirt, while the hoodie goes all-out.
The overall look suggests you’re confident mixing colors and patterns together.
The result? You’ll look put together in a cool, not-trying-too-hard way.
wear red at work
SG Says: Wearing a bold tie with a patterned sport coat could feel like too much for some people..but those people aren’t you, right?!
Anchoring the outfit with subdued dress pants and a sensible penny loafer mean you’ll feel every bit the sophisticated grown man you want your closet’s contents to convey.
How to wear red sneakers
SG Says: Don’t be afraid to turn things up like D.Wade.
We know white jeans can feel intimidating, but look how they let the sneakers be the star! And with a navy leather jacket with just a teeny bit of red tying the whole thing together? It’s just ::chef’s kiss:: good.
How to wear a red jacket
SG Says: Men’s style blogger Anthony Urbano makes a strong case for red outerwear with that puffer.
Especially in technical fabrics, red is way more fun than black or navy, which can help especially in the inclement weather these types of coats come in handy for.
SG Says: With navy chinos and bright white sneakers (which you may want to change into whenever you get where it is you’re going), this bright red rain coat is another example of bad weather not breaking your spirit.
Shop #SGApproved red clothes for men
Ready to add some red to your wardrobe?
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