One of the hot colours on the catwalk for Autumn Winter 2008 was tomato red. Ralph Lauren, Balmain, Alexander McQueen and Oscar De La Renta among others showed coats, slinky evening dresses, suits and evening dresses all in a bright and unforgiving red

Red mostly suits brunettes, the traditional peaches and cream complexion can find that it grabs all it’s red tones and looks more strawberries and cream, and red heads will probably view it as a complete no no.

Red accessories are the easy way round this. Keep it to bags and shoes, away from your face, and pretty much anyone can wear it.

Here’s my top ways to wear tomato red for Work, Rest & Play.


For work keep to classic shapes for a professional look and you can’t go wrong. This simple retro styled red top is only £5.99 from Retro Chick. Little fashion details like the ruffle on the skirt (£40, Star by Julien Macdonald) and subtle platform on the shoes (£95 Carvela) mean you can keep your fashion credentials and still do business.


For off duty down time you want something comfortable, but stylish. This vintage 80s striped dress (£35 Candy Says) is comfy and on trend, wear it with ever comfy black leggings and a biker jacket (£300 Oli) for Autumn, but this will easily see you right through to the summer.


Black is tomato reds natural partner, but ring the changes for a glamorous evening event with this gorgeous silver grey bow detail dress (£180 Karen Millen). This is an ideal way for blonde’s to work the tomato red trend that they might otherwise find tricky. A pair of red 80s pumps (£35 ASOS) and a red handbag (£4.99 Retro Chick), teamed with this gorgeous Tarina Tarantino necklace (£163 Tarina Tarantino) mean you can work the look, without looking like an actual tomato.