Red is a very attention seeking colour. Some stylists-as they call themselves-in German STILBERATER (dreadful word) will advise rather shy employees to wear red as it makes a statement: LOOK AT ME.
When having lunch the other day at Palais Coburg with my dear ALEXA VON CANISIUS we spied on the neighbour table. A whole room of guys in dark suits and ONE blonde woman dressed in TOMATO RED seated in the middle. COME ON! Seriously? What a cliché. Her plastic leather bag was placed on the floor, her hair was dull and not blow dryed and her suit wasn’t tailored well. I really don’t know why some women have the perception that they have to stand out (with their dress code) in order to succeed in business. Wouldn’t it be much more elegant and subtle if she would be perfectly put together with amazing hair and a perfectly cut suit in a spectacular nuance of grey or navy, or a white, very sophisticated blouse? Wouldn’t it be much more powerful to make a silent, but strong statement?
Very very few people can wear the colour red and very few SHOULD wear the colour red. It is not only the colour of passion (tacky in my opinion), it is also the colour of bossiness. If you have to point out that you are the boss, you are probably not. Because being a leader means, that you gain respect naturally WITHOUT mentioning it with some very loud statements.
BTW: The biggest style icon when it comes down to business fashion is Gina Torres aka Jessica Lourdes Pearson in Suits. She is maybe one of the very few people who can pull the colour red off without trying hard.