Weekend Outfit Inspiration: How to Wear Pink and Red

An outfit with red pants, pink sweater, red heels, black clutch, and pink jewelry

Pants, $28 | Sweater, $56 | Clutch, $95 | Pump, $60 | Earrings, $38 | Bracelet, $45

I love the on-trend combination of pink and red. It’s fresh, feminine and easy to pull off. Sometimes, pairing colors outside your comfort zone can feel overwhelming. When I worked with personal style clients, it was a common question. How do you know what goes together? The good news is, it’s easier than you might think. You just need to have a basic understanding of the color wheel.

The color wheel was designed to show the relationship between hues. To know which ones are complementary remember the following:

On the color wheel ,colors next to, across from or at a 90-degree angle, will work together.

That’s why pink and red work so well together. They sit next to each other on the wheel, so you know it works.

You can wear today’s outfit inspiration anywhere, but we jazzed it up to make it date night/girls night/ Valentines day appropriate for fun. To make it even better, all the pieces are budget friendly, under $100 each.

I started with these under $30 red pants from Old Navy. You can use red pants as a basic. It goes with tons of tops from a simple white tee and a denim jacket, a black and white striped boatneck, or a chambray button down, just to name a few.

To keep the look long and lean, wear the darker color on the bottom half of the outfit. I don’t usually “match” the shoe and the pant together when wearing a bold color, but here it works. A block heel is comfortable to walk in without being clunky. I like these red suede pumps ($60) at DSW with a block heel and elongated toe. That’s important to continue the line of the leg.

A lightweight sweater in blush is all you need to create the color block effect. I reinforced the the tone with a cheerful pair of Kate Spade earrings and a Kendra Scott bracelet on sale.

Finally, a black glitter clutch is unexpected. This picture I found on Pinterest inspired me. You could absolutely carry a neutral, or an animal print bag would be fun too. I like how the black grounds the look and the glitter adds some whimsy.

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Weekend Outfit Inspiration: How to Wear Pink and Red
Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. Thanks so much for the reminder about the colour wheel – I tend to go safe and wear coloured pants with either black or white which is so limiting. The red and pink is really nice and wearable. Getting some great ideas from your blogs and even tho down here in New Zealand it’s mid summer I’m using combinations or saving the ideas until winter.

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