A red handbag is a timeless classic that adds a splash of colour to any outfit without being too bold; we’d even go as far as to say red handbags are just as chic and wearable as your monochrome black or white - it’s a seasonless colour. Injecting colour into your outfit has mood-boosting effects, red in particular has an energising and uplifting action. For that reason alone and many others, we believe everyone needs a red handbag in their life - not to mention they make the perfect Valentine, Christmas or anniversary gift.
However, red handbags have an unfair reputation for being difficult to style. We’re here to put its bad reputation to bed with our guide on what to wear with a red handbag, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to style…
Are Red Handbags In Style?
Red handbags were predominant at Balmain Spring/Summer 2022 Paris Fashion Week, where the lineup featured slouchy crescent bags paired with monochromatic looks. But red isn’t out of fashion now summer is over. During Fall 2022 fashion shows red handbags continued to have their moment.
Does A Red Handbag Go With Everything?
If you’re wondering what to wear with a red handbag, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of options; this style handbag looks effortlessly chic with black, grey, white or brown, tan and ivory - it goes with just about everything. The only colours that you might struggle to pair it with are yellow or orange.
Contrast A Monochrome Look:
A matching set in a solid colour is the perfect starter kit for red handbags. It’s the ideal pop of colour for a monochrome black-and-white outfit or a bold contrast for an all-in-one trending green look. The Zatchels Aura Handmade Leather Bag is the statement piece you need; available in oxblood and classic red the leather handbag is a chic addition to any look. Its detachable leather strap means it can be worn cross body, as a cute handbag or as a shoulder bag.
Accent An All-White Outfit:
When choosing what to wear with a red handbag you can’t go wrong with neutrals including everything from soft beiges to coastal whites. Whether you’re opting for a formal dress or casual white jeans, a red handbag will add timeless elegance to your outfit. Our favourite look to pair with red handbags has to be a country-style long and flowing white dress. Zatchels Handmade Leather Saddle Bag will complete your rustic-style with the finest quality leather and traditional buckle detail.
Add Colour To A Denim Ensemble:
Naturally red and blue are the perfect complementary colours - together they make for a classy combination. Red handbags are an easy way to elevate your casual denim outfit, whether it's a jumpsuit, jeans or overalls. The Zatchels Leather Micro Satchel is the perfect accessory for a casual look - join the tiny handbag trend with Zatchels mini spin on our classic handmade leather satchel.
Complement Your Accessories:
When talking about what to wear with a red handbag, we couldn’t forget about accessories! Matching your red leather tote bag with complementary shoes will elongate your silhouette and make you look taller. If that isn’t your thing, you can pair it with other accessories such as statement earrings or a chic felt hat- this is one of our favourite picks for what to wear with a red handbag.
Emphasise A Print:
Red handbags can accentuate prints by echoing hints of red in the pattern. This works perfectly for floral or plaid numbers. During spring and summer we love to pair the Zatchels Leather Barrel Bag in traditional or oxblood red with nauticals prints and stripes for a sophisticated beachy feel. According to colour theory, red is the perfect complementary colour to green; for a modern look match Zatchels Leather Mobile Phone Pouch with a green camouflage print.