Crimson & clover, over & over

All of my coats are black. This means that I’m either cool and enigmatic, or I’m very boring.

Either way, I can’t compete against the superior bravery of those who wear red winter coats. Slipping yourself into crimson wool every morning as you head out the door is a serious dedication to the business of being noticed by everyone. Choosing a symbolic and unapologetic color for such a significant part of your wardrobe for a few months out of the year draws attention to you like a moth to a cliché. No matter how avant-garde your outfit is, if it’s in black you still get to retain a certain amount of austerity.

Red is different, though. Red is for rebellion and passion and quick tempers and blood and warmth and love. If black is the coals, red is the burning embers. I’m sure that most of the people who buy red outerwear don’t give their motivations much thought beyond the superficial aspects of the purchase, but there must be something inside of them that compels them to stand out a little. It’s completely innocuous. It’s also inflammatory.

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4 thoughts on “The Art of Style by Kit Mills 012: A Study in Scarlet

  1. I had the same sort of feeling when I decided to buy a RED couch. Normally I buy black everything, but buying something big and red and unavoidable gave me a great feeling of freedom!

  2. Perhaps it’s a function of being Californian, but I don’t own a single black coat. I’ve been hunting for the perfect one and ended up with 1 red, 2 green and 1 tan. I love love love your column and illustrations btw.

  3. I have 2 red coats and I LOVE them. The bright red one is my bar jacket, because in a sea of black you can easily get some one else’s. How many people have red hooded pea coats? I’m on a hunt for a sapphire blue one this winter…

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