Red and green, complementary colors? More like, clashing colors. Ever since I can remember, I've avoided the festive combo like the plague, haunted by the holiday-centric outfits I was forced to wear as a child. But like many things I thought I would never, ever wear (Birkenstocks, pajamas out in public, socks and sandals), I've found myself intrigued by the once Christmas-exclusive pairing.
It takes a degree of finesse, which is what I learned after studying street-style stars in their element. Poinsettia red and pine tree green? Blegh. But crimson and emerald? A combo so eccentrically cool, it would make Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele beam with pride. It's also about breaking up the colors, playing with silhouettes, and layering in texture. But don't just take my word for it—scroll though to see how you can pull off red and green this holiday season, and frankly, year-round.
1. Find Solace in Prints
A dizzying print ups the idiosyncratic factor, for sure, but in this case, a neutral accent (in this case, white) can help break up loud colors.
2. Separate the Two
Green up top; red down below.
3. Pick One As an Accessory
Tiny pops of red against a canvas of army green—far less intimidating than a lot of red with a lot of green.
4. Do It in Layers
First, a printed red dress. Then, a long green cardigan.
5. Take the Streetwear Approach
Let's call it the Vetements-slash-Balenciaga effect. All you need: a sleeping bag-like puffer, a hoodie, and vintage jeans.
6. Find Comfort in the Familiar
Break up the two out-there colors with a comforting textile—denim.
7. Go Gucci
Because Alessandro Michele said so.
8. Deepen One Shade
Go several shades darker to lessen holiday vibes.
9. Play Up Texture
With a shaggy, wooly coat and a cool netted dress, no one will even notice the color combo.