My tip of the day or “how I’m going to rationalize buying a new red outfit or accessory”: this year Chinese New Year falls on February 8th which means it’s awfully close to Valentine’s Day. Which means I can most probably wear it for both occasions. It’s like I can’t afford not to buy something!
Granted, there is some conflict as the red you wear for the Chinese New Year is supposed to scare off evil spirits and bad fortune, whereas on Valentine’s Day you’re hoping to entice your significant other ( or others). An argument could be made that if you end up scaring your partner, perhaps that is going to lead to good luck in your future anyway. So let’s look at what is the best red for your coloring, in the hopes that fortune shines on you.
These beautiful clothes are taken on my last visit to The Armani Silos Museum in Milan. Aren't they gorgeous?
Not all reds are created equal. For example I used to hate red until I learnt that I should go for warm reds and avoid reds with blue undertones. The tips below would should guide you to your perfect shade of scarlet no matter what:
For Pale Skin Tones: opt for blue undertones in the red
For Medium Skin: choose brownish-reds
For Olive Skin Tones: (if you’re light-olive, see “pale”): look for yellow or orange-based reds
For Dark Skin: lucky you – you can wear truly intense red-tones such as deep wine-reds or cranberry or brick reds.
And remember - no matter what your skin tone, or whether or not you decide to wear red for the either Chinese New Year or Valentine’s Day, I wish for you a a red-hot 2016!