COLOR | CONTRAST

December 1, 2017

The prominent color this season has been red. From the runway to my own typically neutral closet, even I have updated my outfits to add more red. But what is it about red that draws us in?

With red we feel energy, strength, courage, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. It is definitely an emotionally intense color. Just seeing the color red enhances our metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. Red is highly visible, which is why when one wears red it instantly draws attention.

But sometimes red can be a bit too much, especially if you aren’t used to wearing it. To equalize a fiery red and create a balance, I mixed in some blue. Blue, unlike red, is the color of depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, and truth. While red ignites urgency, blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. Opposite to red, blue slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect and is strongly associated with tranquility and peace.

Both colors, equally powerful and vibrant make for a great outfit. Instead of competing or clashing with each other, these high contrast colors create harmony and parity. This bold, “Cookie Monster” blue, furry jacket from H&M is not only warm and cuddly, it is a major statement piece (more so than the red, in my opinion). Combined with the high waisted red jeans, this look evokes power yet also endearment and comfort.

I actually love this red and blue color combination because I feel that we all have a little bit of red and blue in our personalities. Sometimes they can show independently of each other, but when combined, they create balance. What do you think of this color combination and would you wear them together as I did?

Jacket | HM similar styles here and here
Shirt | Mango (sold out) similar styles here, here, and here
Jeans | HM similar styles here, here, and here
Sunglasses | Gentle Monster similar styles here and here
Shoes | Zara similar styles here and here

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44 comments

Courtney December 1, 2017 at 11:16 am

That outfit is so cute and colorful. I love that coat.
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Briana December 1, 2017 at 4:34 pm

I’m obsessed with the red pants! Looks great girl!

Briana
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Jessi Malay December 1, 2017 at 10:38 pm

Girlll you are rocking 2 trends at once!! I’m all about power red and teddy coats this season 🙂 Love how you styled the red pants with a colorful teddy! <3

XO, Jessi
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Jessica December 1, 2017 at 11:53 pm

This is absolutely beautiful outfit dear. I love not just the contrast of colors, but how the colors pops out from the photos as well.

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Elizabeth December 2, 2017 at 12:41 am

Loving the color contrast of the coat and pants! Super chic! <3 🙂

XO, Elizabeth
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Barbiegirl06 December 2, 2017 at 3:23 am

Love, love, love your outfit! Especially the fur jacket! 🙂

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Jennifer Quattrucci December 2, 2017 at 3:46 am

Dear Christine,
As always you’ve mastered the art of putting just the right items together so that fabulous pieces look actually even more amazing! I love red too and definitely agree with you the way you discussed why people wear it and love the way and reasons why you paired it with this particular shade of blue. The fit is perfect and I really love it!!! Thank you so much!
Yours truly,
Jennifer

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Gracie December 2, 2017 at 6:48 am

I have always been a lover of red but since I started to college, their school colors are red so my closet has a lot of red in it. You are right I think it is a color of power. Your blue fur jacket is great.

Xxgracie

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Mariann Yip December 2, 2017 at 7:25 am

My personal style is all about color blocking and contrast so I definitely love this outfit! I think mixing colors is a great way to elevate a look and loving that coat!

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Thomas Falkenstedt December 3, 2017 at 9:31 am

With both of these bold statement pieces (and beautiful shoes) you sort of created a ying and yang of fashion by combining the two contrasting colors and the result is beautiful. Not only to look at, but the thought behind it as well.
Thomas xx

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Jo December 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Yes, yes, yes to this whole outfit!! It’s such a refreshing and cool look. Red and blue makes a fabulous color combination.

xo, Jo

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Ashon December 3, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Girl you slayed! Absolutely love this colour contrast look, and that blue teddy coat is just glorious.

Regards Ashon
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Rubi December 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Slaying in this outfit Christine!!! Love that blue coat so much!
x Rubi
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Jenelle December 3, 2017 at 5:51 pm

These jeans are awesome, I love the high waist. I’d been thinking of branching out with my denim and getting a coloured pair, but maybe I will see if I still think I would wear them after our summer. I can be so non-comital when it comes to things like that!! The coat does kind of make me think of Cookie Monster, I had a plush toy of him, he was always so funny! After all of the neutrals everyone has been wearing these past few years, it is good to see people making a statement and really express themselves with colour contrast and patterns more at the moment. Though I am likely to be a slow adopter, I do love it!!
xx Jenelle
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Jessie December 4, 2017 at 1:36 am

Blue and Red – such bold colour blocks when you put them together, they actually look amazing!! Such a statement outfit with loud voice of your personalities babe – Stylish a& Edgy. Love this mix and match of the two completely opposite materials and styles pieces and pulling them off so well together!! #fullrespect!

xx, Jessie
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Swisstwins December 4, 2017 at 3:25 am

Great Look<3
Red is my Favorit color.
Wish you a great day
xoxo
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Simone December 4, 2017 at 5:17 am

Totally love your fluffy blue coat Christine! You look amazing in that colour combo.

xx Simone
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Cindy Elena December 4, 2017 at 7:06 am

Loving that blue fur coat! And that color combo is everything!!

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Aimara December 4, 2017 at 8:10 am

Obsessed with this chic look ever since I saw it on IG! That jacket is to fie for and I love how you styled it!
XO
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Constance December 4, 2017 at 10:47 am

Love your outfit, that coat is amazing!!

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Sophie December 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm

I am such a big fan of blue worn with red. Nice coat there.
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marcy December 4, 2017 at 9:18 pm

I absolutely love this outfit babe! Love how you mixed both colors. I actually love both colors but never though to combine them together. After looking at your pics I will definitely try to make an outfit and see it they turn out this good. LOVE that fur coat!! You look gorgeous in the pics as well!

xoxo
Marcy

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Marisol Avila December 4, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Ok girl we are in sync today. I wore my red Mango pants to work today lol. Your outfit is so chic . I try and pair up red white and blue and I look like a 4th of July groupie!

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Bernice December 5, 2017 at 12:38 am

Ive definitely been seeing so much red for the festive season! I love how you’ve cooled off the outfit by pairing the pants with a cool blue coat!

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Ashley December 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Girl i’m going to come and raid your wardrobe!!! This look is so lush!!! perfectly styled!!

xxx

Ashley

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Nina December 5, 2017 at 8:09 pm

Love this color contrast, great outfit.

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Amy December 5, 2017 at 10:57 pm

To be honest for the longest time I was so intimidated by red. I wouldn’t wear it! It’s definitely grown on me as I’ve gotten older, but even now I struggle with the color. I love the way you paired it with the less intense blue. Hope your December is off to a great start!!

xx, Amy
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Komal December 6, 2017 at 6:08 am

Loc the jacket babe! Styled so well too!

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Shruthi Parker December 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

OMG! I love your outfit! It totally emanates confidence! Love the structure of your shoes and the comfort of your jacket too!

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Olga December 6, 2017 at 10:56 am

That coat looks really amazing!Great outfit:-)

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Sheryl December 6, 2017 at 11:48 am

Love the color combination! Super stylish!

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Sharon Wu December 6, 2017 at 12:48 pm

i never would have thought to pair a baby blue fuzzy sweater with bold red pants! you are rocking it girl! and as always, i’m loving your sunnies 🙂 xo, sharon

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jasna December 6, 2017 at 3:27 pm

That coat is soooo gorgeous!

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Jenn December 6, 2017 at 3:43 pm

I’m definitely giving this outfit a try! I have red pants in the closet, but never really know how to style it…but now I do! You look so chic!

Simply,
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Samantha Mariko December 6, 2017 at 8:42 pm

This is such a perfect way to wear two contrasting colors and still look put together!! I’m starting to learn that red is a actually a great color to pair with others haha 🙂 The furry coat adds a nice amount of volume to the rest of the outfit which I love <3
xo Samantha

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Sheena Sy Gonzales December 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm

Have to agree that the blue furry coat is more of a statement piece than the red. But everything ties perfectly together. Love it!

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Jessica December 7, 2017 at 9:05 pm

You’re definitely rocking this outfit dear! I love the contrast of colors of the sweater and the top. Really chic and edgy look. And you picked the perfect shoes for the outfit!

Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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Sushmitha December 7, 2017 at 11:24 pm

Love how you worked in the colorblock into this look! So chic!
xx Su
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Aldora December 8, 2017 at 12:16 am

Wow I love this look – it’s just so on point! Love everything from your shoes to your jacket – everything is just so perfect!

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Merel December 9, 2017 at 7:53 am

Love these colors! Amazing look <3

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Lisa Linh December 9, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Love the bold look babe! That jacket looks super cozy too.

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Nancy December 10, 2017 at 8:10 pm

I totally agree about how red can represent energy, power, love, and other things. I never knew the representations of blue. I love how you styled your outfit! The red jeans look awesome and the blue jacket looks so cozy :).

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Rachel Vogt December 12, 2017 at 3:57 pm

Loving the colors contrast in this outfit. I need your blue coat.
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Dhwani Parikh December 17, 2017 at 11:04 am

Love the blue jacket and this look is so colorful!!! Love the vintage denim as well:))

xx

Dhwani

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