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  • The colour red in racewear and hats

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    Wendy Scully

    Red is a popular colour for racewear, both for spring and autumn/winter. It’s a lively colour. Wearing red at the races is a popular fashion statement. There are so many shades and hues of reds that its sometimes hard to choose which shade you want to pick.

    Red can symbolize excitement, energy, passion, action, love, safety and danger in Western cultures. 

    In many Asian cultures red is a very important colour — it denotes good luck, joy, prosperity, celebration, happiness, and a long life across on many countries.  It is a main colour for Chinese New Year and an important dress colour for these events. It is also an auspicious colour that Chinese brides often wear on their wedding day. Red envelopes containing money are given out during holidays and special occasions, as it is seen as good luck for the receiver.

    Red is also synonymous with passion. When love is in the air, so too is the colour red. 

    Red colours are seen to evoke feelings of love and desire and the bright ruby hue entices the viewer. When worn on the lips, it becomes even more appealing and eye-catching. It’s a colour that strike a balance between sexy and feminine, red never misses the mark. 

    In many sports, the colour red is most prominent. It’s for this reason why red correlates with athleticism. In addition to the sports realm, as we know, red always goes faster be it shoes, cars, or sports outfits.

    Red is known to bolster self-confidence. For those who want to stand out from the crowd, to be noticed, and to be followed  they have the confidence to wear red. Wearing a splash of red with a black and white Derby Day outfit at the races says “notice me”, I am confident and fun.

    For those who prefer the sidelines, seeing the colour red may introduce them to the limelight. Its daring to wear red and be noticed, so you won’t be a wall flower wearing a bright shade of red. When it comes to matters of the heart, red is used to express gentle and heartfelt sentiments, for example on Valentine’s Day, fun at Christmas, and show stopping fashion outfits, and the colour of a warm coat and hat for an icy winter’s day.

    Dark red is often associated with energy, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing and evil.

    Reddish brown is associated with harvest and autumn, and the rusty brownish colour highlights the colours of leaves falling in the wind in autumn. Maroon colour is dark brownish red which is why it is often referred to as wine colour- shiraz, claret, grenache. It denotes warmth and comfort yet also power and confidence and the sense of a delicious wine on a cool day. An elegant dark maroon felt hat is a winner in winter, yet a bright scarlet hat is look at me and young and fun, I am enjoying life and have the confidence to wear this colour.

    example shades of red
    How many shades of red are there. Here are just a few.

    Scarlet red is the vibrant eye catching shade. Those bright red lips or that scarlet dress show that the wearer is super confident. Scarlet against a white background with black linework is always a standout for summer. A red evening dress is always an eye catching frock. Red for a spring hat needs to be balanced with the right dress shape as it can dominate an outfit.

     

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