A Case of the Mean Reds (Updated!)

Back in December I posted a fashion dilemma over what to wear with my new red Gap legging jeans. WordPress did me a huge favour by posted my feature on ‘Freshly Pressed‘ and you, Blog Reader, gave me some amazing ideas of how to style them.

I wanted to update you on how me and my red jeans are getting on.  It’s a very loving relationship right now, we spend a great deal of time together and we’re learning each other’s likes and dislikes.  As I’ve come to know my jeans better, I realise that they love to be partnered with nautical stripes, which was one of my favourite suggestions from the original feature:

“Love them! Perhaps wear them with black, white, grey, light beige, or even a breton top? Just throwing on a cool t-shirt with these would look fab. I need to find me some coloured denim” ~ Dempeaux
“I see a casual look of a stripped tee with a fun belt” ~ Susan

You guys impressed me so much with the details you went into….

“Neutrals work, but predictable like black. …if you’re gonna wear red, go bold. Striped blue and white/beige top for nautical spring. Some mulberries or purples will go depending if jeans red is blue-ish. If red has orange-ish tones , think pinks toned colors or orange hues and yellow. Bulky oatmeal sweater may work as well as the one you have” ~ Philosopher Mouse Of The Hedge (aka future stylist.)

It reminded me why I love fashion blogging so much :-)

Also suggestions on accessories were really helpful:

“I’d try a cream sleeveless shirt, with a bronze or gold belt, gold heels” ~ Lgreendoor

I am quite sure the mean reds will return on the blog in the near future, in an outfit post featuring your other thoughts (Tonya I loved your chambray skirt idea!)

Thank you so much for being a fabulous StyleOnTheCouch reader xo

Wearing: Blue Feelngood heels from Nine West; Breton striped tee from ASOS; Belt from Dorothy Perkins; Jean leggings from Gap.

A Case of The Mean Reds

In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holly Golightly uses the phrase “the mean reds” to describe her generalised anxiety:

Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds?
Paul Varjak: The mean reds. You mean like the blues?
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you’re getting fat, and maybe it’s been raining too long. You’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid, and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?

Although I love these skinny jeans from Gap’s amazing 1969 denim range, wearing them quite often brings out anxiety in me – what to pair them with (nude seems to be the way I’m leaning for this crimson red colour) and just how much my legs stand out when I walk. I put this outfit together for brunch at the weekend, a wonderful food-fest at the fabulous Goat Town in the East Village.

I realise I need to find a way to avoid the mean reds, at least when associated with bold colours, because neons are going to be huge for spring and I’d really like to find a way to incorporate them into my wardrobe.  If I can’t master crimson then I’m really going to struggle with hot pink.

I love these jeans, but what on earth else do I wear them with, Blog Reader?

Wearing: Jeans from Gap’s 1969 range; white tee from H&M. Cardigan from Reiss. Heels, Dorothy Perkins.