Actress Candice Accola pairs skinny red pants with a white and black top at a Hollywood charity event.

Bright red is one of the most eye-catching colors a fashion lover can wear, but its boldness requires the right separates to pull off a winning look. When a head-to-toe red outfit isn’t in your game plan, let your red piece take center stage by sticking with neutral, classic pairings and complementary prints.

Nice in Neutrals

The most timeless, obvious choice to team with red is solid neutrals. Clear, bright red pairs beautifully with white, ivory, gray, black and tan; navy and blue denim make for equally classic pairings. Slip on a white V-neck T-shirt with red skinny jeans and top with a black boyfriend blazer to dress up the look. Finish with black ankle booties and chunky silver jewelry. Introduce a nautical vibe by wearing the same red jeans with a long-sleeve white-and-navy striped tee and neutral canvas slip-ons. Wear gold accessories and carry an anchor-embellished tote to complete the seafaring ensemble.

Playful in Prints

Bold red holds its own against a variety of prints. While the easiest approach is to find a print that weaves in the same hue of red with a few other colors, you can also opt for a neutral animal print -- think zebra stripes or a brown leopard pattern -- or wear a laid-back graphic T-shirt. Team a solid red dress with leopard-print pumps, gold hoop earrings and a beige clutch for a dressed-up look. Or, go casual with red denim crops, a white cutaway tank and a red, pink and purple scarf. Finish with neutral ballet flats and an armful of colorful bangles.