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Sizzling hot: how to wear red in summer

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Sophie wears the Stripe Pocket Tunic and the Cotton Rib Bolero

Some might say we have a slight obsession with red at Kettlewell. We would argue, of course, that our obsession extends to all colours. Nonetheless, red holds a special place in the heart of anyone who has finally discovered which shade of the traditional siren hue makes them look and feel a million dollars, whether it's in the form of a lipstick, the perfect striped top or a full on bold red dress. However, I noticed the other day, while cataloguing old blog posts, that I have never once talked about how to style red in summer. I have waxed lyrical about how well it fits in a Christmas wardrobe and to add a dramatic splash of colour to winter party clothes, but never about fitting this boldest of shades into your warm weather wear.

The answer is, as always, to just go ahead and give it a try. If you know your best red then the whole thing becomes so much easier, but if you don't then I have great news. True red, which has no yellow (warm, orangey) or blue (cool, burgundy) undertone but is simply a bold, bright scarlet, suits every single skintone. This is because it will never fight against your natural skintone - on a cool toned person a warm red looks cheap and adds sallowness, on a warm toned person the cool red looks heavy and dulls skintone, but the 'neutral' true red with no yellow or blue added looks ace on absolutely everyone. So if you haven't had a colour analysis, your first rule is to stick with true bold red. 

If you're lacking confidence, here are four simple styles to get you going with this boldest and brightest of colours

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Florence Infinity Scarf in True Red worn with Breton Stripe Top in Navy 

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Stripe Pocket Tunic in true Red worn with Marl Cropped Leggings in Zinc and Suede Shoulder Bag in Riviera Blue

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Cara V Neck in True Red

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Joanna Dress in True Red, Metallic Leather Clutch in Silver and Star Wrap Bracelet in Light Grey Sparkle