13 Shades of Red

13 Shades of Red

Red is the color of extremes. It’s the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure. Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood – energy and primal life forces – and most of red’s symbolism today arises from its powerful associations in the past. Red symbolized super-human heroism to the Greeks. In fact, Red was almost as rare, royal, and expensive as purple in ancient days – which might explain its magic and power.

Varieties of the color red may differ in huechroma (also called saturation, intensity, or colorfulness) or lightness (or value, tone, or brightness), or in two or three of these qualities. Variations in value are also called tints and shades, a tint being a red or other hue mixed with white, a shade being mixed with black. Here are 15 shades of red we’ve matched with outfits for you to paint the town RED.


When in doubt, wear red!

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