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Red-to-Toe: 6 Ways to Wear the Color of the Season

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Some trends are born on the runway, and some are born on the streets. Back in April, we said red would be the color the season year, with designers from Jil Sander and Balenciaga to Valentino and Max Mara featuring the hue in their Fall ’17 collections. After the February shows, Instagram followed suit, with Freja Wewer, Emili Sindlev, Reese Blutstein, and Jeanne Damas all wearing the shade on the regular. So what’s changed between then and now? Rather than pairing a red blazer with your blue jeans or choosing a red bag to complete your getup, girls on the street have made it clear: It’s time to go all-in and colorblock from head to toe.

Not sure where to start? The street style in New York, London, Milan, and Paris this season is all the inspiration you need. Go all-out with a red maxi dress and boots or mix prints, shades, and fabrics for a creative mash-up of the timeless color. Much like lipstick, there’s a red to suit everyone, whether you’re more burgundy (if so, go for plush velvets) or crimson (grab a scene-stealing suit).

Scroll through to see our favorite ways to wear the color du jour, straight from the streets of fashion month. Go bold or go home.

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Suit Up

Perhaps the most versatile way to colorblock your red, a suit is both workwear-appropriate and casually cool enough for evenings and weekends, when paired with white sneakers. Reference everyone from David Bowie to Mick Jagger with a bold two-piece, and wear it any which way you like – though the looser-fitting, more relaxed cuts are ideal for layering over a turtleneck come winter.

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Dress It Up (or Down)

Midi floral dresses really aren’t going anywhere, so invest in one from Ganni or Topshop to see you through each season. Now that it’s fall, we’re wearing our red-toned botanicals with knee-high boots. The contrast of prim and edgy makes for the perfect clash.

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Keep It Casual

Want to try your hand at the trend, but not one for dressing up? No problem – just paint your streetwear red. Relaxed trousers and oversized knits are the most comfortable autumn attire and in recent seasons have evolved into workwear (praise be!). To sharpen the look, style it with your best heels, or keep it cool with box-fresh sneakers for weekends.

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Cover Up

It’d be remiss of us to leave outerwear out of the equation. We’re nothing in winter without warmth, so paint the town red with your coats and jackets. Go for interesting textures like this teddy bear shag – extra points for wearing it over an already-all-red getup.

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Velvet Underground

Back in July, we made a case for jewel-toned velvet in summer, and the crushed texture is staying put for fall. A more exciting way to tackle red-to-toe, the sumptuous feel of velvet is perfect for chillier temperatures. Plus, you can wear it any way you like, as it’s offered in everything from dresses to boots.

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High Shine

Patent, vinyl, high-shine: Whatever you’re calling this futuristic fabric, the main thing is that you load your winter wardrobe with it. Last fall, we wore black patent trenches for sci-fi vibes. Now, we’re choosing pieces in cherry, crimson, and scarlet.

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