How I Wear My: Red

How I Wear My: Red
Welcome to the 26th installment of “How I Wear My”!
This month, our theme is Red!
Is it just us or does it seem like the whole world is crazy for red right now? Jill of Everything Just So and I knew it would be a good choice for a December “How I Wear My” post but we couldn’t have predicted the amount of red we’d see in magazines and store windows!

Jill of Everything Just So starts us off with some brilliant red leather gloves from Lord & Taylor, a London Fog trench and a striped shirt from New York & Company. Denton Taylor took her photo at Rockefeller Center the day before the annual tree lighting ceremony. I am sure Jill fit right in with her festive look.

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb wore this outfit to a business meeting. She started with the coral cashmere sweater and added grey suit trousers and a smart check coat. The red brogues added an extra dash of brightness.

They definitely made an impression at the meeting. She had several compliments about how fabulous they were!

Ana of Mrs. American Made wears a lovely floral blouse with a classic red wool jacket by Rag and Bone. Such a casual and cozy look.

Trina of Tea Time with Trina wears an adorable red coat that is feminine, eye-catching and so festive for the holiday season!

Amy of Denim and Dots is glowing in gold. Her fabulous suede shoes add just the right amount of brilliant red to her stylish holiday outfit!

Elizabeth of Beauty Without Within wears a beautiful Preston and York red dress. We love the leopard shoes. Animal prints go so well with vibrant red!

Nicole of High Latitude Style has this to say about her red look:

“I put this outfit together on a day when I had the song ‘Lady in Red’ in my head. Thus, I wanted to wear something red and combined the red cashmere sweater with my red suede skirt. I added my garnet necklace that I bought when I was 12, my red bag, red bangles, and red cuff. It may sound totally overboard, but I consider red as the brightest ‘neutral’. However, when it came to shoes I took my metal mix colored kitten heels instead of further red. The reason? I wanted to not break the leg line and it was too cold for my nude slingbacks. I usually wear these kitten heels on business travel as I have to run around a lot at convention centers and they go with nearly everything.”

Teresa, wife of photographer, Denton Taylor is wearing a vintage St. John knit suit she bought at the Manhattan Vintage Show. Jill was with them when they picked this beauty out and says it is in perfect shape, it looks like it was never even worn.

Heather of StyleMindChic wore red out on date night to celebrate her husband’s recent birthday in Healdsburg.

She’s wearing black leather moto jacket, coin ring from her Stylemindchic Boutique, St. John Knit necklace, Bandolino booties and Merona Target blouse.

Bella of Citizen Rosebud says her favorite and easiest-to-wear dress is this Karina dress that features red.

Natalia of In The Writer’s Closet has this to say about her look:

“What I love about this outfit is not only that it is one of the most striking classical color combinations, red and black, but the geometry (almost architecture) of the outfit and playing with textures: boiled wool (jacket), linen (pants) and leather (booties)”

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files says that she doesn’t often wear red, especially since she started dying her hair red. When she was blond she wore it more often but now she finds it can be overwhelming. The bits of red with either shoes, or a bag are an easier way for her to wear it.

Anne of Music and Markets is seen here strolling Georgetown, D.C. in a springtime red. It would be easy to find her in a crowd! The scarf is from a Paris boutique in the Marais and she’s carrying a gold Michael Kors bag.

Kerry, a reader from Tasmania shows us a vintage Burberry coat she found in a thrift shop! She has this to say about her find:

“I actually only have one red item in my whole wardrobe, but I LOVE it. This vintage Burberry trench was picked up in a thrift store for just fifteen dollars and once I had taken the sleeves down and shortened it to more of a classic pea length it was ideal. I had been on the hunt for a Burberry trench for about 30 years but never expected to find a red one. I nearly didn’t buy it as it was so unexpected but I am glad I did and wear it all the time. Last weekend a good friend gave me this “Burberry’ style scarf and it goes with it perfectly as it is identical to the lining. Would you believe I found her a vintage Chanel scarf for ten dollars and gave that to her as a thank-you. Rock Your Vintage!!!!”

Lisa Walsh and Suzie Carter, owners of Persolé Chic Shades model their limited edition red leopard Persolé. Perfect for the holidays to keep you dry and protect you from sun damage with its UV-ray blocking material.

Charlotte from Sublime Mercies wears a 1940’s style polka dot dress. She says wearing red helps her cope with the dark and dreary days of fall and winter and makes her feel a little brighter.

Silk Path Diary carries a red vintage treasure from 1964 in marvelous condition. It’s an Hermes Drag bag. Gorgeous, isn’t it? All she needed to do was condition the leather and the bag simply glows once again. She wears mainly neutrals so using red accessories is the perfect solution for her.

Hang from Poum! La Mode goes head-to-toe red in this Maison Martin Margiela cotton T-shirt with lots of kisses, Issey Miyaké Pleats Please skirt and Giorgio Armani pumps.

Karen of New Feminine Paradigm wears Diane Gilman red pleather jeggings, gloves by Victorian Trading Co. and sweater by Christopher and Banks.

Liz of What Liz Loves happens to love red! She thinks it is so uplifting and cheerful. The dress is one she goes to when she wants to feel festive yet comfortable. It is the Boden “Audrey” dress from several seasons ago.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life wears a business look inspired by an Olivia Palermo outfit.  She likes the mix of patterns with lace and checkered print. The skirt is from Ann Taylor, top from J. Crew, and the red blazer from White House Black Market.

Rachel of Trying for Sighs looks so modern and stylish in her red dress and red booties. She has this to say about her look that she wore to a German Christmas market in the UK.

“I always bring red out of my wardrobe at this time of year. A bright, festive colour perfect for this season. Red is definitely a favourite colour of mine and it has a way of giving me a boost if I’m having a down day.”

You all probably know Leigh of Hines Sight Blog already. Here she is at an event with her husband wearing a holiday look appropriate for the warmer than usual weather in North Carolina. The cranberry red cords go so nicely with her bronze sparkly sweater!

Reeta of House of Anaïs says,

“This red leather jacket is made for grey days when I feel like I need a pop of colour. I bought some 10 years ago in Finland, and it has travelled with us to three continents – first it moved from Finland to England, then to US and on to China, and back to England again this year. Sometimes I even team it up with red leather pumps or strappy red sandals and my red Burberry handbag. In December I feel very Christmassy when I am wearing my red leather jacket!”

Wes of Life Through Preppy Glasses, who writes for Skimbaco while going to college in New York City, picked a wardrobe staple with this red cashmere cable knit sweater by Ralph Lauren.

Satu of Destination Unknown, a Skimbaco team member living near Norway, says she wears her red usually on the mountains with baby sleeping in the front or toddler sleeping in the back!

My stepdaughter, Tori and I have lots in common including very few items of red clothing in our wardrobes. We both prefer wearing red in smaller amounts, adding it to neutral outfits.

Tori’s wearing a black sheath dress with lace panels on the shoulders and tall black boots by Franco Sarto. She added accents of red to her look with a thrifted red clutch, red nails and red lips.

I also wore a sheath dress – thrifted for $5.00 – and black Franco Sarto boots.

My nails are red, too, and I am carrying a red and leopard handbag I bought in Paris in 2008 that I have always adored.

Tori and I thought the red door of The Kenwood Depot, where my husband and I held our wedding reception in 2001, would be a great backdrop for How I Wear My: Red.

Thank you to my dear friend, Sylvia Steininger for taking these photos of Tori and me.

For January’s How I Wear My, Jill and I would love to see you in your coat!

We are specifically looking for coats in unusual shapes, colors, patterns or textures, so if you have a great coat to show join us for “How I Wear My: Coat” by sending us a picture by Monday, January 6, 2014.

Thank you to all the wonderfully stylish participants who make “How I Wear My” posts possible.
Be sure to check out even more fantastic “How I Wear My: Red” looks on Jill’s blog,
xo, Adrienne



  1. December 9, 2013 / 4:48 am

    You and your daughter are show stoppers, Adrienne! What a great, stylish group of bloggers! Love this topic! Thanks to you and Jill for putting it together!

  2. December 9, 2013 / 5:56 am

    Wonderful! I love the variety!
    I’ll get my act together for January and bombard you with coat pix. For someone who lives in SoCal, I have WAY too many coats.

  3. December 9, 2013 / 5:59 am

    Adrienne, this might be my favorite installment yet! I so enjoyed all of the interpretations and usage of the color and the plethora of creativity! Bella is always a creative knock out … and Trina’s red coat is magical on her! What a treat to see your Skimbaco team members!

    But I must say … that first picture of Tori … absolute perfection … in style and beauty! And of course, you my dear as well. Tthese photos are stunning … beautiful … and ever so chicly styled!

    Kudos and thanks for another inspiring edition of your How I Wear My series!

  4. December 9, 2013 / 6:06 am

    So much to love here! I love those red brogues of Catherine’s. And the backdrop for the pictures of you and Tori was perfect. Sylvia took some great photos of you beautiful ladies. Wow! I love seeing her work. Great post, my dear! XO, Jill

  5. December 9, 2013 / 6:34 am

    I must say that all the red is fabulous – so energetic – i don’t have any red – reddest i go is burgundy but it really does convey power and verve! Love everyone’s take on red.

  6. December 9, 2013 / 6:44 am

    You all look stunning and very festive. I love the way you and a Tori wear it as an accessory. That’s how I like to wear my red. Fabulous photos of you beautiful ladies!!

  7. December 9, 2013 / 8:46 am

    I love the pictures of you and Tori, GORGEOUS!! And ha, my interpretation is little different from the others, but I love all these outfits. I have to say, at home I would have something “non-outdoorsy” as well but not here on the road while we are traveling. 🙂

  8. December 9, 2013 / 9:02 am

    I love all the photos! What a wonderful variety of styles and shades of red. Everyone looks fabulous.

  9. December 9, 2013 / 9:11 am

    Adrienne, everyone looks so great in their red and gold holiday looks, especially you and Tori!
    The Arts by Karena!

  10. December 9, 2013 / 9:35 am

    So much gorgeous red – and great styling ideas here, too! You and Tori are beautiful.

  11. December 9, 2013 / 9:36 am

    What beautiful, beautiful photos of you and Tori. Just stunning. So many gorgeous looks to take inspiration from and thank you for including me. Hugs, Liz xxx

  12. December 9, 2013 / 9:50 am

    So fun seeing how everyone wears red. You and Tori look adorable, great photos!

  13. December 9, 2013 / 9:50 am

    Thank you so much for featuring my red look Adrienne. I’m so excited to be a part of your post. Love everyone’s red look especially Tori’s. She is so photogenic! Thanks again chic xxxx

  14. December 9, 2013 / 10:01 am

    So many wonderful examples of rocking RED. I adore the photos of your with your daughter- so chic and sharp!

  15. December 9, 2013 / 10:14 am

    Just in time for the holidays! So many great RED looks – thanks for including me and for organizing another fabulous “How I Wear My” and love your (and T’s) beautiful looks. Happy holidays! : )

  16. December 9, 2013 / 10:43 am

    I see SO many pieces in red that I’m just dying for! I’ve never been afraid to wear this color because it conveys vibrancy and liveliness – even sexyness! Adrienne, your bag is divine and I so love it when you and Tori do your “One look Two Generations” posts. You two always look so happy to be together and that always shows in your photos 😉


  17. December 9, 2013 / 11:27 am

    Beautiful looks and great styling ideas

  18. December 9, 2013 / 12:09 pm

    Oh, man. I’m so sorry I missed this! Everyone looks wonderful!

  19. December 9, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    So many beautiful, inspiring looks in these two posts! Thank you, Adrienne and Jill, for hosting these little online parties for all of us! It feels wonderful to be in a company of such stylish and fun women!

  20. December 9, 2013 / 1:02 pm

    Adrienne red was an inspired choice – it always ups everyone’s game I think because it’s such a statement colour! All the ladies look so fabulous, but I have to say Liz’s red Audrey dress is to die for. And how gorgeous does Tori look? You’ve got yourself a rival in the Beautiful Lady Stakes right there, haven’t you??!!!

    Thank you so much for featuring my crazy brogues, glad to be part of your wonderful feature!

    Catherine x

    P.S. Love your nails too. Can’t beat a fabulous red mani – as demonstrated by Olivia Palermo! I’ll stop talking now 😉

  21. December 9, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    You and your step daughter is just too adorable! And all these ladies look wonderful in red! Thank you for hosting a great series!


  22. December 9, 2013 / 7:01 pm

    I think this is my favorite HIWM post ever. Everyone looks great and so many variations on wearing red.
    You and Tori both look fantastic, and Sylvia is a very talented photographer. Love the photos with the red door!

  23. December 9, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    You look so beautiful in all red compositions. Thanks for including me in your post. Feel so lucky to be part of the gorgeous crowd 🙂

  24. December 9, 2013 / 11:25 pm

    A superb collection of looks highlighting the red. Your look is beautiful, but what stands out is the door 🙂

  25. December 10, 2013 / 7:15 am

    Good morning Adrienne! I’m having so much fun checking out these fabulous red looks. You and Tori look gorgeous and the photography really captures your looks. That door is just the perfect pop of color. POW. Thanks again for hosting. I just posted with a link to all the fun. Stay warm my lovely friend.
    xx, Heather

  26. December 10, 2013 / 8:21 am

    It was great fun to be apart of this “How I wear my” Thank you for having me to the party 🙂
    All the styles certain pertain to the New Feminine Paradigm we all are living now…………………….

  27. December 10, 2013 / 12:36 pm

    I love this post and everyone unique use of red. I can’t believe some of the finds like Burberry red coat and the Hermes bag! Wow. Inspires me to thrift more. It was so nice to see more of the Skimbaco crew. Red is just fun and I appreciate you and Jill having this! I am definitely going to add more this next year to my closet!
    Going to check out all these blogs as well!


  28. December 10, 2013 / 12:38 pm

    ps. Forgot to mention how wonderful you and Tori look! Love the photos with the red door! You are both so pretty and Sylvia took some amazing photos! Love them xx

  29. December 10, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    Love these roundups! Lots of great looks, as always.

  30. December 10, 2013 / 5:46 pm

    Adrienne, How fun are all these ladies in red? Love all the different ways each lady showed off a little or a lot of red. Those simple gloves of Jill’s and your simple red nail polish with just the hint of red in your purse to the red lips and purse of Suzanne to the brogues on Catherine’s feet says so much with so little. And then all those beautiful dresses, wow. Thank you for including me among these lovely ladies and for hosting another fun HIWM party.

  31. December 11, 2013 / 5:14 am

    Thank you so much for featuring me and my bag Adrienne! I love your twin look with Tori 🙂 There’s just so much to inspire every time. Have a great holiday!

  32. December 13, 2013 / 9:05 am

    What great looks. I love the variety and all the creative ideas! I always look forward to your HIWM monthly post. One of these days, I’ll get off my butt, find a photographer (Kimi?!), and make a submission! 😀

  33. December 28, 2013 / 5:14 am

    enjoyed your post and the variety of styles here. (still makes me wonder why i HAVE to get rid of stuff in my closet when i see so much “vintage” from years i actually remember! 😉 a friend sent me a link to your post after i posted a picture of me in my red shoes, jeans, and red jacket and included with it the thought that it seemed necessary to wear red on a day i was feeling a bit blue. it is empowering, for sure. bold. i also don’t wear it often, but i always love the way i feel in it. hope your christmas was merry and i just might contribute to your coat HIWM… love my coats and jackets. 🙂 xo

    patty from

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