Seeing Scarlet: How To Wear AW15's Hottest Shade

Seeing Scarlet: How To Wear AW15's Hottest Shade

Scarlet hues are coming to a wardrobe near you. Are you ready to be well red this season?

There’s no denying that the colour red is set to take over this autumn. Whether smothered in burgundy, scarlet or crimson, a huge array of ravishing red hues took over the AW15 catwalks, with head-to-toe looks being spotted on the runways of Dior, Hermes, Fendi and Ferragamo to name a few.

Not for the feint hearted, this is definitely a trend to have heads turning. But alas the question remains how exactly do you wear it? Truth be told, head-to-toe red is a tricky trend to try, especially if not worn correctly. The key to nailing this look lies in playing around with texture, proportions and mixing together different hues in order to create an outfit that oozes effortless dressing.

But worry not, help is always at hand and we’ve been working away at InStyle HQ to come up with five totally wearable, fashion-savvy outfits for every occasion; from boardroom to barstool, we’ve got every occasion covered. So get ready to standout in style in shade of the season...

Sporty Style

Whether heading out into town for an afternoon of errands, or hitting the shops for a little retail therapy, this outfit will get you noticed for all the right reasons. These trousers also come complete with an athletic side stripe on the leg, which will keep your silhouette lean whilst grabbing you a little extra attention.


Credits: Round Sunglasses, £75, Uterque; Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, £580, Jil Sander; White Side Stripe Trousers, £128, Me + Em; Traffic Cone Tassel Key Fob, £250, Anya Hindmarch;  Stan Smith Trainers, £85, Adidas Originals; Faux Fur Scarf, £30, ASOS.

Date Night

Hot date? Why wouldn't you want to wear head-to-toe red? This seductive shade is perfect for giving off a flirtatious vibe. Simply stick to conservative cuts that don't give too much away. Working a sleevelss tunic over a pair of matching trousers will look super flattering when teamed with a pair of towering heels, while this Balenciaga bag lets him know you're a lady.

Credits: Ribbed Knit Tunic, £40, Topshop; Suede Jacket, £59.99, Zara; Cross Body Bag, £1,075, Balenciaga; Ribbed Cropped Trousers, £38, Topshop; Velvet Pumps, £375, Jimmy Choo.

Weekend Wears

Play around with this seasons love affair with the Sixties Mod for a lighthearted spin on this power shade. A short-sleeved polo neck will look just the ticket underneath a suede skirt, while a patent lightweight jacket and zip-fronted ankleboots provide the ideal solution for unexpected showers.



Credits: Double Breasted Vinyl Coat, £95, Topshop; Ribbed Highneck Top, £18, Warehouse; Patent Ankle Boots, £160, Carvela @ Kurt Geiger; Suede Midi Skirt, £80, Warehouse; Mini Leather Bag, £1,390, Gucci.

Office Life

Wearing red to the office can seem a little risky, so best stick to a pallet of rust and berry shades. This Sportmax top has the ideal combination of boardroom boldness thanks to the contrasting white and black panneling that pop out against the burgundy. Team with a pair of straight tailored trousers and a sprinkling of gold jewellery to get your bosses nod of approval.