Redheads have been kept in the shade for too long. Inspired by current crop of successful and stylish gingers, from Ed Sheeran to Eddie Redmayne, it’s time for well-dressed red-haired men to step up and take their place in the sun (protected by lashings of SPF 50, obvs).
style tips for redheads
By Matt Chittock, 14 March 2015
Redheads know that people talk a lot of rubbish about how their hair affects the way they act – and the same goes for clothes. Just as red hair is supposed to make you bruise more easily (it doesn’t) and have a short temper (look – just do one OK?), there’s also loads of myths about what redheads should and shouldn’t wear. But all this bossing around is just because people are jealous. After all, it’s a scientific fact that redheads are less likely to lose their hair. Which means in the future you’ll still have good-looking locks while your mates have to get creative with caps and comb-overs.
And those freckles? They’re the ultimate beauty spots. It’s not for nothing that Hermione chooses Ron over Harry Potter. So here's our insider guide to looking fashionable with flame-coloured hair. Ignore the haters and reclaim the carrot-top look – if Cumberbatch can do it, so can you.
Pair back with black
It’s true – red hair always looks cool offset against dark shades (as Michael Fassbender ably demonstrates). But don’t overdo it: if your skin is too pale, you risk looking like an overzealous Matrix fanboy.
Rebel against the red rule
Haters might have told you redheads can’t wear red. They lied. One or two subtle sunset-hued items will lift your whole look – just choose different shades to avoid coming across too clashy.
Rock the right hat
If fair skin means you’re going to be hiding under a hat all summer, invest in a good one. Statement headgear, from street-smart caps to Pharrell’s Happy hat, will give you the chance to shine.
Moisturise to the max
If you’ve got sensitive skin, get a decent moisturiser to keep your complexion rash-free and properly hydrated (or just steal your sister’s). Extra marks if it’s got added sunscreen, too.
Go subtle and strong
While harsh primary colours can drain life from pale skin, autumnal shades will accentuate it. Try mellow yellows, greens and browns for a subtle yet strong look that works throughout the year.