|Forever 21 open-front blazer. (Forever21.com)
The monochrome dressing trend is everywhere — and it just may have found its perfect match in a red-and-pink palette.
"Red evokes energy, passion and fire. This primary colour is opulent and attracts a lot of attention," says Nadia Albano, a Vancouver-based stylist and makeup artist (Nadiaalbano.com). It's also "the root color of fuchsia, coral, pink and blush, which creates a monochromatic colour palette."
The paler and deeper hues are what tone down head-to-toe reds. It doesn't have to be all crimson or fuschia — there are also barely-blushing pinks, nudes, and rusts. (To say nothing of oxblood, which has essentially been a neutral for the past season or so.)
"The trick to achieving a great monochromatic outfit is by ensuring you have a balance of color, texture and pattern to make each piece stand on its own," Albano says. Her rule of thumb is “DLDB” (dark, light, dull, bright).
For example, start with solid, poppy-red cotton pants, add a pale paisley print shirt (pattern), and layer on a fuschia cardigan (texture). Finish with a blush-coloured patent shoe for a little sheen, and a ruby-red belt for depth.
Want some age-appropriate ideas on how to try this trend? Get ready to fall in love.
20s – Express yourself!
• Feminine colours add flirtiness to masculine cuts. Albano suggests styling this Forever 21 open-front blazer with red skinny jeans, a silk magenta blouse and burgundy ankle booties.
• Style words to live by: "Every great outfit starts with the right undergarments." For an extra boost, try this La Senza push up bra.
30s – Define who you are!
• According to Albano, lace is having a real moment. Try pairing this American Apparel lace tee with a burgundy mini, a wine-hued cardigan, a blush-coloured skinny belt, and Coach's fire-engine-red cross-body bag.
• Need arm candy? Rose gold is trending. Try stacking this Michael Kors watch with a few bangles.
40s – Refine your look!
• "This BCBG tulip dress works double duty," Albano says. "For work, layer it over a printed billowy-sleeved blouse and classic almond-toe pumps, and for play, wear it on its own with a killer stiletto heel and a funky clutch."
• These limited-edition Tory Burch heart earrings will make for a whimsical touch to any outfit long after February is over.
50s + — Celebrate your style
• Albano suggests pairing these retro, paisley-print Pink Tartan cropped pants with a baby-pink polo, this cashmere Joe Fresh sweater and blush patent flats (like these, from Marc by Marc Jacobs).
Are you a Betty or a Veronica?
MAC's limited-edition Archie's Girls collection, based on the classic comic series, is perfect for Bettys and Veronicas alike. Albano says the girlier Betty types can create a tone-on-tone look with soft colours: Try the Caramel Sundae Eye Shadow Quad with baby-pink Girl Next Door lipstick and a hint of peachy Cream Soda blush. If you'd rather bring out the vixen in you, like Veronica, Albano advises layering purple tones: "Try the Spoiled Rich Eye Shadow Quad combined with Boyfriend Stealer deep-burgundy lipstick and Prom Princess powder blush."
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