Burgundy just got seriously sexy.
The new burgundy is less like the muddy, brownish color of leisure suits and car upholstery and more like the wine it’s named for — a rich, deep purple-red.
If you would have told me even last month that I’d be enthusiastically posting about burgundy — the color I used to hate only slightly less than the dreaded non-color, beige — I would have said you were crazy. But I love that designers are always re-inventing old ideas and finding ways to make them fresh and relevant again.
And this new burgundy has an edge I wouldn’t have thought possible. It’s the diametric opposite of the innocent gold and rose look I posted here a few days ago.
I love the updated punk vibe of a burgundy stripe, especially with paired with hot pink. But burgundy also works well in darkly romantic florals and the plaid of classic American sportswear. And anyone with a steampunk sensibility will love the color on a structured coat. It’s a smart alternative to black, especially for outerwear.
Five Ways to Wear Burgundy:
- For accessories, wear burgundy where you’d normally wear brown. It looks especially luxe on leather boots and bags.
- Burgundy looks romantic when paired with colors near it on the color wheel, like other deep purples, pinks and reds.
- For a casual look, try burgundy with army green or charcoal.
- Try out the look in small doses with deep red jewelry. Gold and antique silver settings look best.
- Pair burgundy and black for maximum drama.
You win, designers. I’m officially converted.