Fiery red is this fall’s big trend. Here’s how women over 60 can wear it.

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Fiery tomato red is having a moment. It’s THE color for fall and winter but, let’s face it, is also one of the most difficult colors for women over 60 to wear.  If your skin tone leaned cooler than warm (remember those Summers and Winters from Color Me Beautiful?) in your youth, an orangey red is going to be even more difficult to pull off now. Difficult, but not impossible.

The runways were filled with hot reds in the Fall/Winter 2023 fashion shows. A closer look, though, will show that the hue was not consistent across the board. And that’s the beauty of color–the smallest tweak can make a world of difference in how it looks on you.

swatches of red coors

The color swatches above show the gentle undulation among reds that at first glance seem to be on the warm scale, But Cardinal and Carnelian are, in fact, cool reds. The secret to finding your perfect trendy red is to look for a tone that looks great against your skin.

Add a pop of red to your wardrobe this fall

A sure fire and cost-effective way to join in the trend is to pick a piece or two that can be neutralized by the other clothes you are wearing. Rather than draping yourself in tomato red from head-to-toe à la catwalk models, add a pop of red with a top or sweater or accessories. Here are some of our favorites.


Women wearing GAP tomato red cardigan

Crewneck Cardigan in Tomato Red 

Perfect summer-to-fall transition sweater. Pair with white shirt and jeans, or button up and wear as a top under gray or olive drab jacket. $24.49 at GAP Factory.


Red cardigan sweater

Crewneck Cashmere Cardigan in Scarlet

For chillier days, make it a cashmere cardigan. If you’re a woman over 60 add a pendant necklace or chunky earrings to give it a 2023 look. C by Bloomingdale’s Cashmere, $178.


Red ladies jacket

Ladies Jacket in Red

Wear one of these short, boxy jackets à la Chanel–you’ll see them called “ladies jackets”–with black trousers or jeans for a modern, casual look.  You might even have one from your working days! This one is AQUA Boxy Jacket, Bloomingdale’s, $128.


Jenni Cardigan by L’AGENCE

Paris chic by way of laid back California. Pair with dark jeans for a very up-to-date look. In multi red at Bloomingdale’s, $475.


Johnny Was red blouse

Johnny Was Pine Desi Blouse in Mars Red

Classic collar, long sleeves, a front button closure, and a subtle, tonal embroidery. Style this blouse with silk separates and bold accessories or dress down with denim. $245 at Johnny Was


Butto down shirt in bright red

J.Crew Button-up Shirt

Classic shirt in a lightweight, organza fabric in Bold Red. Wearing a chunky gold necklace will break the intense color, making it wearable at any age. $138 from J.Crew


Misook bold red shirt jacket

Misook Lace Inset Tunic

A sophisticated take on the hot red trend. From Misook in Sunset Red. $298 at Bloomingdale’s.


Misook red crepe blouse

Misook Butterfly Sleeve Crepe Top

Float into your next event in this warm red crepe top from Misook.  $278 at Bloomingdale’s


The Boyfriend Tencel shirt red white stripe

Boyfriend Shirt in Maple Red

A go-to for anything from crisp black jeans to dinner party dressing. $175 at


Red cable mock neck sweater

Lauren Ralph Lauren Cable Knit Sweater

Pull it on and go. Bright red cable turtleneck from Lauren Ralph Lauren. $43.43 at Bloomingdale’s.


Red and pink striped cashmere sweater

Cashmere Oversized Striped Crewneck Sweater

Pairs effortlessly with everything from leggings to trousers. In cherry red from Nadaam, $175.


Red cropped Aran sweater

Billie Aran Short Knit Sweater

All the beauty of an Aran knit sweater without the bulk. In a beautiful red.  $129 at


Red quilted turtleneck sweatshirt

Quilted Mockneck Pullover

A comfortable and colorful way to spend a Saturday at the market, out to lunch, binge watching old episodes of Law & Order. In Vintage Garnet from J.Crew Factory, $53.50



Accessories are the easiest way to incorporate seasonal trends into your wardrobe. Totes, handbags, shoes, and bracelets add a bold accent to neutral tones as well as all black (or white) outfits.

Woven leather shoulder bag in red

Melie Bianco Brigitte Large Satchel

Slouchy shape, intricate weave, and playful chunky knot give this everyday bag range, an eye-catching accessory for everything from yoga gear to sporty separates. Anthropologie, $128.


Fiery red tote

Christian Louboutin Perforated Shoulder Bag

Make a statement wherever you go.  Looks stunning with a chic black ensemble as well as a white shirt and jeans. Christian Louboutin Cabata Perforated Shoulder Bag, in red. $1,790 from Neiman Marcus.


Classic red shoulder bag

CORDER LONDON Leather Shoulder Handbag

Grab and go with this classic bag in a saturated red. T.J.MAXX, $39.99

Frye Claire flats in red

Frye Claire Flats

A ballet flat for grownups, with Frye’s legendary workmanship. Provides a pop of red to dresses, skirts, jeans, trousers in neutral tones. $197.95 at Zappo’s.


Fiery red women's loafers

The Lucido Leather Penny Loafer

Penny loafers are back. Dress them up with casual tailoring or down with cropped denim and anything in-between. In Sunset Red from M.Gemi, $195.


Red women's loafers with gold hardware

Bibi Lou Zagreb Leather Loafers

We like the touch of gold-tone hardware on these slip-on loafers. Made in Spain. In red from Anthropologie, $160.


Red slip on shoes for women SAS

SAS Simplify – Everyday Loafer

Red slip-on moccasin loafer with current appeal and timeless style. $164.95 from SASNOLA.


Adidas Gazelle shoes in red

Adidas Gazelle Indoor Shoes

For the athletic look, these are this year’s IT shoes. Get them in Scarlet/White Cloud to make a statement. $150 at


Red hex bangle

Red Hex Resin Bangle

Go big or go home. Or just wear this retro-cool tomato-red resin bangle to make a seasonal statement. $14, INK+ALLOY


Red and gold multi-tired bangle bracelet

Enamel Veda Bangles

A stack of handcrafted bangles looks great with a streamlined outfit. BudhaGirl, set of 6 bangles in coral and gold, $45;


Stack of three red bangles with metal detail

Three Kings All Weather Bangles

Wear as a set or separately, bangles are made of plastic tubing with yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold plated brass bead and Swarovski® crystals as accents. In red by BuDhaGirl, $100, at Neiman Marcus.


Red leather bracelet

Long Tiantian Leather Bracelet

Wrap your wrist in this multi strand leather bracelet with gold plated charm. In red, available on Amazon, $9.59.


Red leather bracelet with large gold tone buckle

Leather Wrap Bracelet

A statement cuff made of soft leather “material” (your guess as good as ours). Bold gold tone clasp. In red from Amazon, $14.99


Red bracelet in multiple parts

Brooke Bracelet

Lightweight, stretchable bangle bracelet made in Ecuador from sustainable tagua nut (often called “vegetable ivory”). In red with natural tones, $17.99 from


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