Red Sweaters Are The One Item Everyone Needs For Winter 2023

We're seeing red everywhere this season. From street style to runways, vivid tones of burgundy, crimson, and maroon bring life and color to winter looks. Harper's Bazaar noted the shade is the upgrade from our summer of Barbiecore pink. Across major label names like Theory, Tory Burch, Alejandra Alonso Rojas, Ganni, and Burberry, red was the choice. "Red has been a color I've been forecasting for months so I am beyond thrilled to see it on the runway!" Marissa Galante Frank, Bloomingdale's fashion director, told the outlet. Vogue called it the "pop of red" styling trick, where even one red accessory has the power to elevate an outfit. Red is taking over. Even more austere brands, like The Row, sprinkled red throughout their new collections, so the tone is making its way into neutral, minimalist palettes too. 

Without a doubt, red is the most popular color trend to make its way into our winter fashion styling. We've seen red styled consistently with rich, chocolate browns as a way to make space for neutral tones while keeping the look lively. Of course, red accessories, from berets to juicy, red tights, are an easy way to play with the look. Since red is everywhere, it's not surprising that one of our favorite winter staples, the sweater, is going red too. From bouclé-styled sweaters to turtlenecks, crewnecks to cardigans, and everything in between, red is the look. Best of all, red sweaters are a piece of cake to style. Plus, they add a major jolt of life into every look. 

Style a fitted red sweater with wide-leg denim

Since a wide-leg jean is the go-to way to wear denim now, it makes sense to pair our favorite trendy bottoms with a candy apple red sweater. A sweater boasting this Brigitte Bardot-inspired neckline, which features a wide neck with off-the-shoulder sleeves, is the perfect way to amp up the sex appeal of this gorgeous color. The sweater, essentially a deconstructed turtleneck, is such a perfect choice with ample denim since it's fitted and flirty, contrasting with the abundance of the jeans. Rock the look with tonal accessories, and heels or boots. 

Paris, je t'aime: A French infusion of red

We're having a little love affair with iconic French styling. A classic beret with a striped, sailor sweater is a playful way to work the look. Even better than a simple reworking of a French theme is a reworking in red. Pair a red and black striped sweater with touches of red throughout the rest of the look. The red tones in the handbag and the print on the beret give the outfit a cohesive finish. Flared, dark-wash denim keeps the styling contemporary. 

Work a red turtleneck with long layers

One of the big struggles of styling an outfit for winter is accounting for all of the layering that you have to do in order to stay warm. The struggle comes from showcasing our winning pieces with the desire to stay bundled up. A hint of red, thanks to a rich, scarlet turtleneck, makes the outfit colorful and seasonal. Pair your turtleneck with a skirt and a cream overcoat for sumptuous, winter layering. The baby blue tone of the skirt creates a beautiful contrast to the rich red of the sweater. Thick red tights and red boots add some much-needed warmth while keeping the look bright. 

Go ultra preppy with a red sweater underneath a blazer

A red sweater is a great styling piece under your core outerwear. Wear a Ferrari red cardigan underneath a navy pea coat or blazer for a perfect, preppy finish. Since winter is all about layering, let the collar of your white button-up shirt peek out from the top. Pair the look with dark, tailored trousers or structured denim. Finish it off with neutral toned shoes, or chocolate brown, leather boots, and some big sunglasses. 

Keep things simple with a red cardigan and a brown skirt

Reds and browns are the color coupling of the season. The red lifts the look, while rich, earthy brown tones keep it grounded. A soft, cashmere cardigan pairs beautifully with a light brown skirt, embellished with gold detailing. The cut of the cardigan is feminine and flattering, while the skirt gives the outfit a classical finish. For winter months, style these sartorial choices with knee-high, brown leather boots for an insulated, polished finish. 

The no-pants dance: An all-red look

The no-pants trend is a real thing, with brands like Prada and Chanel popularizing this look. While the daring trend is much easier to style in the summer, people are bringing the no-pants look into winter months by wearing tights with their underwear-as-outerwear bottoms. The outfit itself is daring, so by wearing it in red, street style is getting even more bold. If the no-pants trend isn't your thing, a thick, red woolen turtleneck works beautifully with tailored, black trousers. Red heels are always a win, so work these into the look.