November 11, 2014

How To: Wear Burgundy {a.k.a. Oxblood}

Hey dolls,

Fall is in full swing and I'm sure the novelty of crisp mornings and windy afternoons have all but faded. Well, where I live, let me tell you, it is getting old. It gets super cold super fast in these parts and dressing cute really helps motivate me to brave the crazy weather. For today's post, I am going to share how to style one of the hottest colors for the colder season. Burgundy has been a fall/winter staple for a long time. In recent years the color made a comeback and looks like it is here to stay for a while. Here's the 411:

First things first, what exactly is the color Burgundy? It is a very dark, rich red with tones of brown -- remember the wine of the same name? The color is also referred to as Merlot, Oxblood, Bordeaux and Maroon. Burgundy is a versatile color that looks good on every skin tone because it is a mix of red and blue hues. Depending on your personal preference and how you style it, this color can take your look from demure damsel to vampy vixen.

1. Outerwear
If you're looking to buy a new coat this winter, may I suggest one in Burgundy instead of the usual black or navy? Burgundy in the winter is basically a neutral so you can be sure to get long wear out of it.

2. Acccessories
Burgundy looks great in leather and suede, so invest in a purse or shoes. Suede OTK boots in oxblood, for example, will definitely make heads turn your way. Felt hats, gloves, and scarves all look very luxe and stylish in this color. If you're feeling daring, try a wine colored lipstick -- it will definitely make an impact!

Burgundy {Oxblood} Accessories
3. Cozy knits
Because of the deep, rich tone of the color, knitwear looks especially comfy yet incredibly stylish in burgundy. Try a cable-knit or fishermen sweater paired with simple denim, for example. 

4. Burgundy and shades of brown/tan/camel/cognac
Pairing burgundy with a rich camel or tan hue results in a very chic and sophisticated look. This is a great combination to wear to work.

5. Leather
As I said before, burgundy translates really well on to leather, so buy something like a faux leather moto jacket, or faux leather pants. Colored leather is having a moment right now (and has for the last few seasons), so this is a somewhat safe yet stylish trend to try.

6. Burgundy paired with neutrals
Both olive green and grey are neutrals which feel very minimalist. Adding burgundy to either one makes for a nice tonal pop of color and instantly ups the glam factor of your outfit. Burgundy and black is an easy, yet edgy combination to pull off. You could try it with black leather jeans and motorcycle boots or tuck a silky maroon blouse into a sleek black pencil skirt. Navy blue is also a deep, rich hue just like burgundy, and it goes without saying that the two colors look absolutely beautiful together. White and ivory create a stark contrast when paired with this rich red color -  so break the "no white after labor day" rule and be doubly daring! Neutrals paired with burgundy is a perfect look for the office because of the sophisticated vibe that these colors give off. 

7. Burgundy and denim
Take your weekend style to the next level by wearing burgundy with your staple denim. A knit beanie or chunky cardigan in this shade stands out and makes any outfit seem put together without you really having to try.

8. Contrasting Colors
Burgundy can be paired with jewel tones like yellow and rust orange for an attention grabbing outfit that is perfect for fall. Hunter green and deep purple also go well with shades of merlot. For an unexpected twist, pair this color with sky blue or mint.

Thanks for reading! Please leave me a comment or suggestions for other posts you would like to see in the future!

xoxo - Chrissy

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