What To Wear With Red Pants

Be a showstopper by pairing tops that fit with red pants like pieces of a puzzle.

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If you are done playing safe with your fashion choices, let’s discuss what shirts to wear with red pants. Here’s a fact, we have all done black and white colors to death! But flashy colors are now in trend, and there’s nothing hotter than a good pair of red pants. Be it an important meeting at the office or a day out with friends, the shirt and red pant combo will make you stand out amidst the crowd. Swipe up to read about the innovative ways to style this outfit.

Ace The Look
  • Body Type: Opt for straight-legged pants if you have a rectangular body, slim-fit pants if you have a triangle or hourglass body, and bootcut or flared pants if you have a round body.
  • Bag: Black and nude bags go well with red pants, regardless of the color of the top.
  • Accessories: Wear layered necklaces and statement rings if you pair your red pants with a button-down shirt, chunky bracelets and dainty earrings with a monochromatic look, and scarf headbands with graphic tees.
  • Footwear: Pair your red pants with metallic or patterned shoes for a bold look, black or taupe heels for a classy look, and red or white sneakers for a sporty look.

What To Wear With Red Pants – 16 Styling Ideas

Whether you have to attend a business meeting, a party, a casual luncheon, or a game, you can sport red pants anywhere. So here are some outfit ideas that you can play around with.

1. Red Pants With Black And White Striped Top

Red pants with black and white striped top
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If you are starting to wear red pants for the first time, pairing them with a black and white striped T-shirt is a good idea. It makes for a great office outfit. You can also switch out the T-shirt for a sleeveless turtleneck or a full-sleeved sweater. Finish off the look with red pumps.

2. High-Waisted Red Pants And Blue Shirt

High-waisted red pants and blue shirt
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High-waisted trousers are having a moment right now. They create a great silhouette and up your chic quotient effortlessly. Team them with a light blue button-down shirt, tuck it in, and show ‘em how it’s done! You can also add a thick, neutral-toned belt for a refined look.


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Bring out your experimental side by pairing red pants with a bold color-blocked look. Pair it with blue, pink, or purple, and accentuate your outfit.

3. Red Leather Pants And One-Shoulder Top

Red leather pants and one-shoulder top
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Have dinner plans but not in the mood to put in any effort? Pull out those red leather pants, a white one-shoulder top, and red pumps. You are dinner-ready in less than 5 minutes! Don’t forget to put on some red lipstick though. Pairing it with a floral or plaid textured heel will make your outfit pop!

4. Red Pants And Printed Shirt

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Let out your inner nerd with a pair of ankle-length trousers and a printed shirt. Tie your hair in a slick bun and put on big glasses or shades and black pumps. You can throw on a sling bag for good measure, too.

5. Red Pants And Striped Shirt

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Feel free to play with patterns by subtly moving away from the usual. Pair your tapered red pants with a long striped shirt. Put on a wide black belt to cinch in your waist and take the outfit a notch higher.

6. Red Palazzos And Black Top

Red palazzos and black top
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Ditch your regular fitted pants for some Bohemian vibes. Pair red palazzos with a simple black top and a red stole to create this boho-chic look. A floral pashmina or a silk scarf goes well with this vibe as well.

Courtney, the owner and curator of Heirloomen Vintage Shop, styled her mother’s red palazzo jeans with a black top and a necklace, a black side bag, and black and brown wedge heels. She loves styling vintage clothes and cautions that “Good vintage clothes are becoming harder and harder to source – we must hold on and take care of the pieces we have (i)!”

7. Red Culottes And Tan Sweater

Red culottes and tan sweater
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Let go of the stereotypical formal outfits a little bit and try something new. Red ankle-length pants with a muted tan sweater look understated and suave. A pair of kitten hills and a cute little bun are a great way to finish off this outfit. You can also opt for another neutral, like cream. Bodysuits, particularly turtleneck bodysuits, are very popular right now and are very flattering for this silhouette.

8. Red Cigarette Pants And Black Crew Neck

Red cigarette pants and black crew neck
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Sport some high-street fashion without looking overtly jaunty. A black crew neck sweater or bodysuit with red cigarette pants and ankle strap heels is a great way to own this look.

9. Tapered Trousers And Crop Top

Tapered trousers and crop top
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This matching trousers and crop top look is one that you absolutely need to try. It screams party but not in a way that’s too in your face or flashy. You need no accessories or jewelry to pull off this look. Just a clutch and pumps will get the job done!


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If you are pairing accessories with this monochromatic theme, choose red ones that are of the same color tone as your outfit. Kylie Jenner is known for this timeless look.

10. Red Checkered Trousers And Tank Top

Red Checkered Trousers And Tank Top
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I cannot get enough of plaid in my life. But instead of a skirt or a shirt, sport red plaid pants. You can style it with an oversized white shirt or a plain crop top and Converse. Talk about killer street style!

11. Wide-Legged Red Trousers And White Pleated Top

Wide legged red trousers and white pleated top
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Wide-legged trousers in a burgundy, wine, crimson, or brick red are an interesting choice if you want to tame the red a little bit. Pair them with slick chiffon pleated top or a silk blouse to create an elegant look. You can throw on a beige blazer or a leather jacket and carry a clutch if you are headed to a party. Also, adding a black or beige cropped blazer will elevate the whole look.

12. Red Lace Hem Trousers With White Noodle-Strapped Top

Red lace hem trousers with white noodle strapped top
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Mix structured silhouettes with flowing fabrics to strike a balance between the two. This white noodle-strapped silk top simmers down the red pants. You can choose to dress up or down with outfits like these.

13. Red Ankle Length Trousers And Graphic T-Shirt

Red ankle length trousers and graphic t shirt
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Embrace your inner tomboy with some red pants, a graphic T-shirt, ankle boots, and oversized shades. Finish off this look with a cross-body bag!

14. Red Embroidered Pants And Kimono

Red embroidered pants and kimono
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Get all heads turning when you walk into a room in these red embroidered pants and white top. The cherry on top is the floral kimono. If you want to be a little adventurous and go all out, you can swap the florals for an animal print.

15. Red Side Stripe Culottes With Oversized Tops

Red side stripe culottes with oversized tops
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Borrow both grunge and sporty vibes with these culottes, an oversized T-shirt or sweater, and Converse shoes. What’s great about this look is that it has a subtle vintage vibe.

16. Red Pants And White Shirt

Young woman wearing red pants and white shirt
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Wearing a white shirt with red pants can give the outfit a clean, sharp contrast and a sunny, fresh vibe. Add a denim jacket, white sneakers, and subtle accessories like a leather belt and watch to complete your look for a casual day out. Accessorize with statement earrings, a clutch purse, and a fitted blazer or leather jacket to add a dash of flair. You can elevate your look with strappy heels or ankle boots for your romantic date night. Wear chunky or high-top sneakers to embrace a sporty look, and accessorize with a baseball cap and backpack along with your red pants and white shirt.

Infographic: 5 Easy Ways To Style Your Red Pants

Spice up your wardrobe and swap your boring neutral-toned bottoms for a vibrant pair of red pants. Whether it is a business meeting, celebration, luncheon, or sporting event, you can wear these pants anywhere. Check out the infographic below to learn how you can style these statement pieces and inspire your next look.

5 easy ways to style your red pants (infographic)

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Now you know what to do with those red pants that you bought on sale on a whim, giving flight to fancy. Well, red bottoms are in right now and can look gorgeous when paired with understated tops. Don’t hesitate to also pull out your off-shoulder white tops, black-and-white striped tee, printed white shirts, pastel blue blouses, black tanks, or pieces in tan when wondering what to wear with red pants. Pair them with funky hats, comfortable flats, and sandals for a more casual look! The trick to styling red pants well is staying confident, keeping it simple, and putting on your red lipstick.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do brown shoes go with red pants?

Yes. Brown shoes are commonly paired with red pants. Since red is a bold color choice and brown is a neutral shoe shade, they go well together.

Are red jeans in fashion?

Yes. There has never been a better time to get louder and bolder with outfit and color choices to express oneself. Red jeans are trendy in the fashion world, and there are innumerable, evolving ways to style them to suit your requirements.

How do you wear red sweatpants?

You can pair sweatpants with t-shirts, shirts, hoodies, and jackets in neutral and cool tones, or even denim ones along with sneakers in complementary colors.

Can you wear red pants in the winter?

Yes. Red pants help you stand out in good contrast against winter’s dull weather or help you fit right in with the festive mood. Red pants are a good fashion choice even during the summers when everything around you is colorful.

Key Takeaways

  • Flashy colors are trending right now, and there is nothing hotter than a good pair of red pants.
  • A button-down shirt or a tank top paired with red pants will make you stand out in a crowd.
  • Whether you have to attend a business meeting, a party, a casual luncheon, or a game, you can sport red pants anywhere!
what to wear with red pants

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Discover versatile ways to style red pants from the following video and make a bold fashion statement. Embrace the power of red!

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Tara West is a fashion stylist, award-winning lifestyle blogger, and podcast co-host who serves clients in the CT, Boston, NYC, and Los Angeles areas. She has over 5 years of experience and is known for her astute sense of style and for creating effortlessly fashionable looks that are easy to emulate, from lower-priced items to high-end luxury pieces that translate...read full bio

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