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25 Reasons To Never Shy Away From The Colour Red

In honour of National Day and the nation's go-to colour for just about everything. Happy birthday, Singapore!
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When you’re a Singaporean Chinese, you automatically associate the colour red with two things – Lunar New Year and National Day. (FYI: National Day is Singapore’s equivalent of Independence Day and red is a colour regularly used in decorations and memorabilia as it is one of the two colours on our flag. Singapore is also often called “The Red Dot”.) The two can then be further summed up into one big thing – at times campy, festival-related cliches. Don’t get me wrong – I’ll admit that there is a certain fun in participating in national traditions. I’m all for it, actually. In fact, I have every intention of wearing red and white while firework-watching (and *says in a small voice* Pokémon-hunting) later.

It is what happens after. Maybe it’s a psychological thing, but whenever I reach out for solid red or red-and-white ensembles after August 9, I immediately think National Day. It’s kind of a thing here to call someone out on wearing red and white when it isn’t National Day. It’s all for the jokes, of course, but it makes you stay away.

Thing is, red is a pretty awesome colour. It is intense, romantic, fiery, sexy and bold. So, it got me thinking – if I’m always down for a red lip because I know how much it’ll lift my look, why shouldn’t I be as game with wearing red on my person? Alas, clarity. The colour was all over the Fall/Winter 2016 runways, so that’s another stamp of approval. Gucci, Coach, Off-White, Louis Vuitton and Chanel even played around with red and white together, the very combination I abhor so much. (We recently experimented with that very same red-and-white Chanel look while in Tokyo, read it here.) So, if you too need to get reacquainted with red, we’ve got 25 reasons for you to reintroduce the colour back into your wardrobe above.

 

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