Red is a must-wear colour for the 1.5 billion Chinese population, especially during the Lunar Chinese New Year. This is because red is the sign of fire and symbolises luck, joy and happiness, but can you wear it with green?
In an enneagram, red is associated with power and passion. Red is hot and sexual – people who wear red do not generally tend to be wallflowers! In colour therapy, red is an energising colour. It stimulates and helps to counter lethargy.
Green, on the other hand, is a colour of nature. It is the colour of life, growth and abundance. It symbolises balance and harmony. Studies of the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku – or ‘forest-bathing’ – confirm that being in the presence of green trees reduces stress and lowers blood pressure.
Can you wear red and green together?
Of course you can wear red and green together! If you have nothing red in your wardrobe and fancy looking for a red maxi dress visit AX Paris and perhaps search for a turquoise green shawl to wear with it. If you really want to impress, shop for a figure-hugging green Chinese cheongsam with embroidered red roses across a shoulder.
No one wants to go out looking like a Christmas tree, but there are at least 40 shades of red and 295 shades of green. Put the right combination together and no one will ever think of you as Santa Claus or – perhaps even worse – one of his elves!
If you have light blonde hair and a pale complexion, try tomato red and mint. Another option is a crimson red and emerald green combination. Gucci is a top designer label that keeps the red and green theme running, with its 2019 collection including a striking green silk dress with a red/green diamond-patterned belt. If you watched the stars arriving at the 2019 Met Gala, did you notice Saoirse Ronan in a ruby red Gucci gown with two green embroidered dragons across her shoulders? She looked absolutely stunning, as did those who chose to wear a stunning red maxi dress.
If you are still not convinced that red and green go together, consider Scottish or even Irish tartans. Some of these fantastic fabrics definitely combine red and green and certainly don’t look mismatched