Fashion Forward: Red is the new neutral

By Angela Antonello


The color red is one of the boldest and most exciting shades that one can wear, which explains its unwavering popularity on the runway. When you wear red, people will notice you. Red is a very versatile color, easy to combine with black, white, pink, blue, camel and even mustard. Red is the new neutral!


Pantone Color Institute released its color trend report for spring/summer 2020, and Flame Scarlet is right at the top of the list. Red has various meanings all over the world, representing luck, passion, happiness, and even danger. One word that sums it up across all boards is energetic — Flame Scarlet fits that description to a tee. Wearing red makes a bold statement that the wearer is in charge, and is full of energy and excitement. Extroverts and  daring fashionistas will love rocking this season’s red trend from head to toe.


Wearing red all over is completely on-trend and incredibly stylish. Step out of your comfort zone: now is the time to rock a pair of red pants with a red blazer, red top, and even red shoes . Feeling spicy? Mix things up with a lighter, darker or top with a pattern, while opting for a bottom and jacket in matching shades.


Not ready to go red all over? Dip your toe in the water and try focusing on your legs instead. Opting for a pair of red pants or a red skirt can still create statement style without feeling over the top. Something as simple as a red midi skirt with a white T-shirt, denim jacket, and a pair of Converse can look seriously chic!


Every color has the potential to impact the people around you, but when it comes to success and prosperity, you should strongly consider using red. This warm and positive color is associated with our need to survive and represents strong and powerful energy. It motivates and helps the wearer to take action. Whatever your comfort zone with the color red, there is a way to add this color to your wardrobe for everyone.


Angela Antonello owns Fashion Rescue 911 Fashion Truck & Boutique, located at 52 Oswego St., Baldwinsville; (315) 857-6690. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.