Common wisdom on colour pairings suggests that the colours should complement each other, with one standing out while the other provides nuance. With that said, wearing red with black may seem too gaudy at first glance, but as these ladies show, rules can be broken in a tasteful manner. Tone down the flashiness of red by opting for darker shades from variations of brick red to burgundy, or take a softer approach with lighter tones of cherry and rose. Of course, the combination need not be limited to clothing choices as well. A bold red lip, a leather bag or clutch, and a smart pair of black pumps can be just what you need to set this look off.