Are red clothes in the closet really red?

by jennine on October 16, 2009

If I weren’t a color slut, I’d declare red my favorite color. Red has always lured me in it’s sultry ways, I probably have enough red clothes to wear red all week without much worry, yet for some reason, in the name of ‘classing it up’ I’ve forsaken my trusted color. Recently I bought a coat in beige when it was clearly available in red,  where just a few years ago I would  have balked at someone for choosing such a safe color! I totally would!

Today, the clouds look daunting, I don’t want to go outside, everything looks sad and grey. I’m tempted to blend in, but that’s ridiculous. It’s time to pull out the colors to keep from falling into the grey abyss.

Here I’m wearing a thrifted cardigan • legwarmers made from a thrifted sweater • Jean Paul Gautier cut-out silk tunic, Market Publique (also worn here) • Shoes, Stuart Weitzman •  Red Cuff, Marc Jacobs • Tights H&M • Skirt and accessories, well, the necklace fell apart (on first wear) as I type this, so I’m not going to reveal who it is. Sorry loves.

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1 Carla October 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I love red, but I tend to shy away from it. I need to at least have a red handbag, red shoes and red belt in my closet. I love your red tights - what a nice touch!


2 FB @ October 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Red is also my favourite colour.. but I don’t wear it often as it somehow freaks BF out :)

I’ve moved on from Red to Dandelion Yellow, Pale Pearl Pink and Sapphire Blue at the moment.

I too am a colour slut, because my wardrobe is full of so many colours, it’s hard to tell what I love to wear the most.

(But black isn’t a colour right? Cuz I don’t wear it.)


3 FB @ October 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Oh and that metal bracelet is AWESOME. Want.


4 Quinn Smith October 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm

The legwarmers! The shoes! The bracelets! FABULOUS!
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5 kezia October 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm

whenever i wear ANYTHING red, you know you compliments me? MEN. like moths to a flame…haha


6 WendyB October 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm

That’s what you wore to the Dress-Up Soiree, right? Love it. It’s grey here too…so depressing >:-(
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7 Peldyn October 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Love red! I used to never wear it because I was afraid it would make my face look red. I was wrong about that. I just needed the right red.
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8 jennine October 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm

❤ carla..oooh a red bag and shoes are a fantastic place to start!
❤ fabulously broke…oooh i love dandelion yellow and pale pink,but neither of them looks good on me. duuude.
❤ kezia…hahaha i can see that.
❤ wendy.. yes! i did!
❤ pedlyn, this is pretty much true of all colors, you just need to find the right shade.


9 Sal October 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Red has been my favorite color since early childhood, and I remain loyal. But I know what you mean - I have been amassing black and grey items at an alarming rate this season. Something about the neutrals is eclipsing my love for beautiful bright red.

You wear the shade so well, lady. And that tunic is to DIE for!
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10 Alicia October 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Love you in red. I don’t wear nearly as much as I used to either.
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11 brittany October 16, 2009 at 2:32 pm

I’ve have been obsessing about leg warmers but making some from an old sweater is brilliant.
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12 eyeliah October 16, 2009 at 4:19 pm

sorry about your necklace - that sucks!! I am still in my pink is my favorite color phaze. But red is great too, especially on us brunettes. (I am biased)
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13 Clare October 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm

I seriously love this outfit, Jennine!! Red has always been one of my favorites too. I feel like it goes so well with brown hair and darker complexions. I also really love the idea of making leg-warmers from old sweaters!
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14 THE SHOE GIRL October 16, 2009 at 9:21 pm

So cute… as always. :)


15 Alice Le October 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I love your outfit! Grey and red together are always awesome.

Bet that necklace was from F21. Horrible quality necklaces, unfortunately. :(
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16 Maegan October 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm

you are adorable. …and you look amazing in red. ..and these photos are beautiful.
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17 Freya October 17, 2009 at 2:59 am

red and grey! I am seeing it everywhere and I am using it myself for everything. An unconventional but classy combination
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18 enc October 17, 2009 at 7:22 am

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19 violetville October 17, 2009 at 9:18 am

as usual, we are on a similar wave. red *is* my favorite color. i still hate brown, beige, etc - i really try, but i can’t make it work for myself!

my co-worker and i both showed up at work in monochrome yesterday - her in navy blue, me in red.

red is one of the only things that gets me through the cold!

and it goes so perfectly with gray :)
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20 missdtm October 17, 2009 at 10:21 am

i love…love love love…this whole entire outfit. the red and gray is just beautiful together and the way you put the whole thing together is playful but mature all at the same time.

i strive to put together outfits like this. THANKS.


21 MAISON CHAPLIN October 17, 2009 at 10:37 am

Hello, have a Maison Chaplin weekend! lol :)

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22 jennine October 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm

❤sal…when you figure out what it is.. please let me know! i’m so sad about this!
❤alicia…maybe it’s the season.. we’ll see!
❤brittany, omg i transformed so many sweaters last year, it’s crazy!
❤eyleiah… love it! go brunettes!
❤clare, i think the legwarmer project is right up your alley!
❤shoegirl…as we say in german…thanks!
❤alice le… not far off…
❤freya..ooh really? i have to look around more.
❤maegan…oh thanks! my camera is my buddy.
❤violetteville..oh my! i’d love to see that! i bet you have clothes from every color of the rainbow!


23 nicky harris October 17, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I totally am with you on this. I love red too but I’ve been buying black, black, with a dash of grey. ime to get the red out of the wardrobe again. Love your blog and your fab pics.
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24 missmilki October 18, 2009 at 5:38 am

Fabulous outfit. I love the red and grey combination - the red cheers up the grey and the grey tones down the red so they work really well together. Love the skirt and the silk tunic is gorgeous. its a pity about the necklace because I really like it. Maybe you can fix it?!
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25 Eclettica October 18, 2009 at 5:55 am

“Red, Red,
I Wear Naught But Red,
Not For All The Jewels In The Crown!”

Ok, ok, so I don’t deck myself up in le rouge 24/7 BUT Red has been my not so closet fetish since forever and a day. I love it and wear it with a penchant (and passion) especially my red silk cheongsam mini :) love the tunic, Jennine, the cuff and the nails were the perfect accents.

xo Sheela xo
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26 PAPERFASHION October 18, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I think red is one of my favorites too… I don’t know how I ended up with so much black though! I need to get back into color as well.. you look awesome!!!
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27 Style Spy October 19, 2009 at 6:56 am

Red’s always been my favorite, too — I’ve been known to divide my laundry loads into lights, darks, bleach load, and reds. (Although purple has been making a lot of appearances the last year or so.) Red is my neutral, red tights are a necessity, and I don’t want to live in a world with no red shoes.


28 rachel c. October 19, 2009 at 10:19 am

i’m a big fan of red myself and think that it’s definitely a color that can make a statement and still be classy!

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29 ambika October 19, 2009 at 11:03 am

It is unexpectedly lovely with gray.


30 ForFunAndEnvy December 11, 2009 at 1:06 am

Check out my outrageous looking antique red bamboo coral neck ornament on sale for half price this month. I think you’ll love it if you love red! Happy holidays!
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