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37 Ways To Rock Brilliant Red This Summer

Nothing is as glamorous or arresting as a slash of red. Here’s how to work the pillar box hue into your wardrobe and your home this season.

We love fresh pastels and whites for summer as much as the next person. But sometimes we hanker after some serious, vibrant glamour, and for that, we will always, always go red. If you’re nervous about wearing such a bold colour, we say that lockdown is the perfect time to experiment: you won’t look back. We prefer it styled loose and natural: a serious injection glam accompanied by loose, undone hair, an espadrille sandal, a slick of red lipstick and otherwise natural makeup. Who can resist a lady in red?

By Nancy Alsop
May 2020

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Toast

Stripe Linen Pinafore Dress, £170

Urban Outfitters

Chilly’s Red 260ml Stainless Steel Water Bottle, £15

COS

Cotton Dress With Ties, £59

MAC Cosmetics

Ultimate Reds Kit, £52.50

Pain de Sucre

Capri Peony Red Swimsuit, €140

Plumo

Rioletta Shoes, £189

Egg Trading

Printed Coat, £1,850

Toast

Falcon Enamel Pitcher, £34

V&A Shop

Red Agate Ring by Ottoman Hands, £50

H&M

Sleeveless Blouse, £19.99

CCA Galleries

Tall Dutch Tulips by Bruce McLean, POA

Plumo

Morgan Tunic Dress, £379

Anthropologie

Wavy Polka Dot Headband, £28

Waterstones

Red, The History of a Colour by Michel Pastoureau, £34

Far Fetch

Comme Des Garcons Colour Block Logo Wallet, £122

Molly Mahon

Flat Bagru Pink Lampshade, £175

Komono

Kenyatta Racing Red – Daily Paper sunglasses, €150

The Conran Shop

W153 Île Multipurpose Lamp, £194

Paul Smith

Women’s Red Zebra Logo Organic Cotton Hoodie, £120

Jonathan Adler

Mod Dot Lacquer Tray, £198

H&M

Bell Shaped Paper Bag Skirt, £24.99

Freight HHG

Red Twine, £10

Ortigia

Gattopardo Tray – Red, £20

Emma Hope

Raffia Albert – Red, £269

Jigsaw

Scribble Tea Dress, £165

Opumo

Red: Architecture in Monochrome Book (Phaidon), £30

Meli Melo

The Mini Art Bag, £355

SCP

Pulcina Espresso Coffee Maker by Alessi, £50

ASOS

Accessorize high-neck beach maxi dress in red, £49

Arket

Turtle String Bag, £5

The Conran Shop

Table Parmesan Grater, £15

Boden

Sena Embroidered Jersey Top in Post Box Red, £38

The Seamstress of Bloomsbury

Bonnie Blouse Long Sleeve, £39

Maison Brocante

Red Stripe Linen Hemp Grainsack Cushion, £15 – £55

Wolf and Badger

Lucas Mini red, £55

Net A Porter

Amour 14-karat gold and enamel hoop earrings by Alison Lou, £1,570

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Linen Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, £95

Nancy Alsop

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