Shop the Look: Red

© Franziska Steinle

The color red can be interpreted in many different ways, but a red outfit is always an eye-catcher

Almost every morning it starts afresh, the same old game: Which blues from my inexhaustible pool of blue clothes will be the best combination? It’s a safe bet, because I know that blue looks good on me and there is little risk involved in breaking it up here and there with black, beige, grey, or off-white. But there’s the rub, because – memo to self – safe bets are wonderful, always practical, but also often mind-bogglingly boring.

So I was all the more surprised at myself when I reached for full red looks on two occasions this year, fell in love with the down jackets and cashmere sweater by Closed as well, and in the course of it didn’t get around to giving myself a mental pat on the back for an experiment well done. After all, it’s about the big picture here, aka pulling yourself out of your own comfort zone. Red stands out, is startling even, and doesn’t do anything for going unnoticed.

Different to other living creatures, the human eye reacts very sensitively to the color red, which is often associated with danger and used on warning signals. In especially aggravating situations, one “sees red.” But red also stands for the exact opposite: love, warmth, and, as the color of blood, for life itself. And so it’s not surprising that we get lost in the red hair of Botticelli’s Venus, that Thomas Mann juggles the color in Death in Venice, that we’re drawn to red lips, or that the German language doesn’t speak of a “common” thread when metaphorically describing a certain stability in topic, but rather of a “red” one.