Color Of The Month- Exploring Red

Hello, Darlings! Today I am going to talk about the Color Of The Month -Exploring Red. As many of you know, I have been participating in the Kettlewell Colour Club on Facebook.

This group is open to anyone. For me, it has been a great way to learn and explore color. Some of the group members are extremely knowledgeable about color, several are even House Of Color or Color Me, Beautiful consultants. Many others are individuals, just like myself, learning how to incorporate color into their wardrobes.

Color Of The Month- Exploring Red

Color Of The Month- Exploring Red

Color Of The Month (COTM) -Exploring Red

Each month in the Kettlewell Colour Club they highlight a Color Of The Month or COTM. Usually, a blog post is written, discussing the color, and talking about how each Seasonal Color Palette can wear it. Many of the colors not everyone can wear but this COTM, Red, is a color for all

According to color analysis, True Red is a color that fits in the center of the color wheel as a color that all seasons can wear.

According to color analysis, True Red is a color that fits in the center of the color wheel as a color that all seasons can wear.

Color Of The Month- Exploring Red
Red is a color that falls in each of the Seasonal Color Palettes

Color Of The Month- Exploring Red, Subtle Changes Make A Difference

There are many shades of Red. If you prefer the warmer side of the Seasonal Color Palette, such as Autumn & Spring, you want to look for a Red that has more yellow.

For those who like the Winter (like me) & Summer Seasonal Color Palette, look for Reds with more blue added. The differences can be very subtle but make a huge difference in whether you like it or not.

Color Of The Month- Exploring Red
Add yellow to red to create a warmer color, add blue to create a cooler red
Add yellow to red to create a warmer look, add blue to create a cooler red.

Playing With Red In My Wardrobe

The whole color theory is so fascinating to me. Subtle differences such as warm or cool, bright or muted, and light or dark determine which color looks best against your skin.

Exploring Red- This color Tango Red is slightly bluer and less intense than True Red

I do not wear much red. Now I understand why! For me to wear Red (and like it) I have to find a red shade that has blue in it. This color is called Tango Red and is slightly bluer, less intense than True Red. For me, I just was not happy with wearing True Red.

Why Some Red Works And Others Do Not

Most of the Red in my wardrobe was designated to wear for holidays such as the 4th of July, Valentine's Day, or Christmas. It is not something I would wear every day.

Most of the Red in my wardrobe is designated to wear for holidays such as the 4th of July, Valentine’s Day, or Christmas. It is not something I would wear every day.

Color Of The Month- Exploring Red
This poncho is one of my holiday favorites.  I now know that the reason it works for me, and why I like it, is because the shade of Red has more blue tint in it and it is less intense.

This poncho is one of my holiday favorites. I now know that the reason it works for me, and why I like it, is because the shade of Red has more blue tint in it and it is less intense.

Going even deeper in the Red palette with Rumba Red.  This Red color has lots of "blue" added.  Rumba Red has become a favorite of mine to wear during the fall instead of rust/orange

Going even deeper in the Red palette with Rumba Red. This Red color has lots of “blue” added. Rumba Red has become a favorite of mine to wear during the fall instead of rust/orange.

Warmer Reds Are Not My Favorite

A slightly "warmer" Red, this top goes great with all my gold accessories. It may be a bit too warm for my taste, and why it seem to stay in my closet.

A slightly “warmer” Red, this top goes great with all my gold accessories. It may be a bit too warm for my taste, and why it seem to stay in my closet.

While this top, with a very subtle color change to with a bit more muted and bluer, is a favorite of mine. One of the few Red tops I love to wear.

While this top, with a very subtle color change to with a bit more muted and bluer, is a favorite of mine. One of the few Red tops I love to wear.

Using Red As An Accent

Red seems to take its place in my wardrobe as an accent color, a POP of color to bring contract to an outfit.

For me, Red seems to take its place in my wardrobe as an accent color, a POP of color to bring contrast to an outfit. I really like contrast, and now I understand why. Winter’s (the Seasonal Color Palette) by nature look best with contrast. The contrast makes our features stand out.

adding accessories such as gloves in Red is a fun way to play with the color.  Not having to worry about it being the "right" shade.

Adding accessories such as gloves in Red is a fun way to play with the color. Not having to worry about it being the “right” shade.

Here is a scarf in Deep Claret, which is one of the bluest of reds.  It balances beautifully with the Pine Green top. I feel very comfortable in this Red shade because it is deep in the Winter Seasonal Color Palette.

Here is a scarf in Deep Claret, which is one of the bluest of reds. It balances beautifully with the Pine Green top. I feel very comfortable in this Red shade because it is deep in the Winter Seasonal Color Palette.

A much "warmer" red works as a POP of color with this coat on a rainy day.

A much “warmer” red works as a POP of color with this coat on a rainy day.

Balancing The Intense Color Of Red With Lipstick

Color Of The Month- Exploring Red
Red, for me, is such a strong color that I must wear lipstick to balance it out. If not, I will look washed out.

Red, for me, is such a strong color that I must wear lipstick to balance it out. If not, I will look washed out. Several different red lipsticks will work for me. My favorite is MAC Russian Red, but also MAC Ruby Woo is also recommended. Ruby Woo is supposed to be the “universally flattering” color for all. It is bold and very retro.

My “Red” Comfort Zone

Bluer Red- Rumba Red
back in my comfort zone with the Rumba Red.  The Rumba Red really works great with this "blue" Charcoal Gray.

Again, back in my comfort zone with the Rumba Red. The Rumba Red really works great with this “blue” Charcoal Gray.

Playing In Color

With the holiday parties all canceled, even our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service is a no-go. As we are trying really hard to be responsible and keep from getting COVID while the hospitals are under such strain, I find I have lots of time on my hand to explore.

Next couple of days I will be chilling in front of the fire, binge watching Hallmark Christmas Movies and other Christmas favorites.

More Wardrobe Clean Out- Slow Process

I am going thru my closet, slowly, examining items, trying them on, and trying to figure out why I like it or not. Yes, Red is in everyone’s Seasonal Color Palette. But not all Red’s are the same. Knowing what looks good on you and why is a HUGE tool when purchasing. No wasted money and no mistakes!

Learn more about color in my post, How To Pick Clothes According To Your Seasonal Color Palette.

From My Family To Yours- A Very Merry Christmas

About Nifty 50 Fabulous

Embracing and loving the life of an empty nester, I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger currently living in Birmingham, Al. I enjoy spending my time with friends and family including my sweet miniature schnauzers Gracie and Emma.

2 thoughts on “Color Of The Month- Exploring Red

  1. Congratulations, Regan, for being mentioned by several Colour Club members as a style inspiration in the 12 Days of Christmas challenge. Well deserved. Your entries were wonderful.

    I am just beginning to wear dark red and have a love affair with KW’s beetroot and deep claret. I’ll be wearing my deep claret cowl for Christmas. In fact, lately I seem to wear deep claret, cassis and beetroot several times a week. I’ve promised myself that I will explore some blues in the New Year.

    Merry Christmas🎄! Hoping it’s a healthy and peaceful holiday for you.

    1. Thank you Kris for your sweet words. The Kettlewell Colour Club has been so good to me and for me. Not only have I met some really sweet and inspiring ladies, but I have also learned so much about color. Before this group, I would have NEVER considered colors such as beetroot, cassis, or deep claret. Now they will make up my fall/winter wardrobe. Deep beautiful colors I can wear and look good in. I can’t wait to see the new spring preview. My list is growing by the day. Lots of blues are at the top! It is like a whole new world has opened up. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday!!
      Regan

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