Burgundy, or merlot, or oxblood, or however you want to refer to this deep purple hue that’s prevalent in the colder seasons is traditionally a difficult one to work with. I’ve received messages from several of my readers about how to pair the color properly without making the entire look appear “off.” I think our brains want to make it match, and we end up realizing that we don’t have anything in our closets to make it work. For me, the key to this color is not trying to make it work and adding in a “cool factor.” You either have to dress it up as an overcoat — like this one from River Island — on top of a slick suit or pair it with edgier pieces, like I did here (no casual in-between). Consider extending the life of a fall motorcycle jacket through the winter season by making it a piece that goes under a coat. Grab a pair of cropped trousers to show off a cool boot or shoe with socks. Add a scarf for warmth and added layering Once that’s done, the only pairing you should be thinking of is what red you’ll have at dinner.
In partnership with River Island. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.