How to wear red at Christmas time without looking like Santa

I am talking Santa’s red. It’s Christmas. C’est Noël!

I know I already wrote an article about how to master bright red last year, but here it is how to wear it for a festive event such as Christmas eve.

Without looking like you just robbed Santa’s Clauset.

1/With black

Classic and safe. Typically red to lighten up an all black outfit. As in red pumps with black jumpsuit.

Or black to soften a fierce red dress

You are no Christmas canapé so avoid horizontal layering: a layer of red shoes, a layer of black tights, a layer of red skirt, a layer of black top.

Prefer putting a base with something on top like red shoes and red pants topped with a black top.



Red and Christmas eve #1

2/ With a hint of gold

Red with a hint of gold… or gold with a hint of red rather than fifty fifty that may make you ressemble the Christmas tree.

Red and Christmas eve #2

3/ With silver

Less “Christmas magic” than the former, silver is easier to use with broader portions of red.

Red and Christmas eve #3

4/ With ultraviolet

Because it’s Pantone of the year, festive and unexpected.

I recommend getting one as a main and the other as an accent in order to spare the retinas of other guests.


Red and Christmas eve #4

5/ With schocking pink

Those neighbour colors are super close and you can mix them in the proportions you fancy.


Red and Christmas eve #5

6/ With burgundy

Because we love camaieu.

Red and Christmas eve #6

7/ As monochrome

Not the good choice if you do not want to be the focus of all attentions.

8/ Not with green

Neither with white.


Hope to have inspired you! And ladies, I remind you that it is still time to offer a distance styling to your love ones, I’ll send you a scanned personalized gift card that you will just have to print, 

Joyeux Noël!


9 Responses to “How to wear red at Christmas time without looking like Santa”
  1. sch says:

    Thanks for this beautiful article. but I can’t see any images in this page.

  2. Catherine says:

    Moi qui aime le rouge, j’apprécie toutes ces bonnes idées pas seulement valables pour les soirées. Et le rouge le printemps et l’été ? Qu’en pensez-vous ? Comment le porter ? Quels sont les tissus qui “aiment” le rouge ?

  3. Carol Naranjo says:

    I love your blog, your fashion sense is just amazing. Thanks for sharing and happy new year!

  4. vivien_noir says:

    I like bright red toned down with wine hues the best! It’s unexpected, allows head-to-toe-red (which I like) and Looks sophisticated to me. Thaks for the interesting compilation here!

  5. MABdePARIS says:

    Un vrai régal, tant par les suggestions de tenue que par l’humour de la rédaction.

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