Red Bow Ties

Red Bow Ties

Lucky for all of us fashionistas (or is it fashionistos?), red signifies the widest range of human emotion–anything from love to hatred, from bloodthirst to heroism. Red is the color that runs through all of our veins, the color of an unquenchable fire, the metaphor for an undying passion for life. A red bow tie functions for guys like red lipstick for the ladies: it offers a bold pop of certainty, and signifies an appetite for fun. Red communicates a timeless sense of class. You can sophisticate casual attire or top off an already high-end look with a red bow tie, and there’s no season or occasion that doesn’t welcome a splash of red. Color psychology tells us that red shows our enemies we are ready to engage with them, at that we’ll probably win–whether that’s a competitor for a promotion or another potential suitor for your crush. It is also a highly stimulating color, so you can use it to say “Wake up!” on a Monday morning work meeting and then take it out on your date Friday night. We’re here to help you master the art of sprucing up an outfit with red, and with the guide below, you’ll find yourself at the top of your fashion game.

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One of the warmer colors on the spectrum, red best complements cool, muted colors, as well as pale neutrals. The color across from red on the color wheel is green, a combination that has been oversaturated by the Christmas holiday. So when you opt to blend these colors in one smashing look, pair your red bow tie with a muted green top, like a pastel mint shade or honeydew. Blue and red also attract, as the American flag demonstrates. While of course we advocate bringing a bold blue up a notch with a red bow tie on holidays like the Fourth of July, you can avoid cuing the national anthem on a casual work day by selecting a pale blue, like sky blue, powder blue, or cerulean.

If you want the red to speak for itself instead of getting along with another highly noticeable color, pair it with lighter neutrals, like light brown, tan, and gray. A red bow tie is strong enough to wear with a darker gray as well–it even brings some edge to black. Luckily, all of these colors pair well together. A khaki blazer atop a dark gray sweater will appreciate the energy a red bow tie brings. You can even mix these neutrals with the aforementioned muted colors and add a splash of red without worrying about anything clashing. Go ahead and try it! We know you want to.