Oxblood makes its mark on fall fashion
A recently rediscovered color, closest to maroon or burgundy, hit the runways this season and has since been embraced by celebrities and fashion designers alike. This darker, cooler, more muted shade of red made an appearance in this year’s collections of Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander Wang.
Termed “oxblood” by fashion enthusiasts due to its resemblance to the color of oxygenated blood, the color has garnered attention from well-known personalities such as Blake Lively and Kate Middleton. While the former donned a Gucci embellished minidress in the wine-colored hue, the latter opted for a more conservative blazer and skirt combination by French designer Paule Ka.
Despite the myriad interpretations of the color red, oxblood has been agreed upon as the color of the moment. In The Huffington Post article “Why Wear Oxblood?” writer Lily Avnet explains that the color may have moved quickly into the spotlight because people are so weary of the severity of the color red.
In other words, oxblood is appreciated for its understated quality, regardless of its gory name. Fashion articles like “Oxblood...the New Black!” on the nail polish blog EG Nails It, “Oxblood Love” on the She Knows blog, and “Trend Report: There will be oxblood” in The Washington Post indicate how this hue is becoming a staple in everyone’s wardrobe.
Since oxblood is the color of the season, it’s easy to find anything in stores in this shade of red. Take any of these suggestions, or create your own look.
Feeling girly? Rock a burgundy dress or skirt, such as the Oxblood Ribbed Pleated Skirt from Topshop. Pair the skirt with a fitted black tee, patterned tights, and boots. For a preppier look, match a pair of BlankNYC designer jeans in rhubarb with a shirt in a neutral color. Complete the outfit with a skinny brown belt and a pair of brown Oxfords. If your style is more sophisticated, try a burgundy blazer, such as the Oxblood Ponte Blazer from Topshop, with jeans, a beige top, and black ballet flats.
Get an edgier look by flaunting a pair of wine-colored Dr. Martens “Pascal” boots with your outfit. If you’re willing to splurge, make a statement with the Rich & Skinny “Legacy Leather” Faux Leather Skinny Jeans. Wear them with a baggy sweater in tan or gray to look fashionable, but not over the top.
If you’re a girl who likes to stand out in a crowd, combine autumn and winter trends and pick up a pair of oxblood velvet leggings from American Apparel. Wear them with a black or gray tunic for an awesome outfit. The peplum hem is another major look this year, so a burgundy peplum top is a great way to incorporate two trends into an outfit without making it too overwhelming. Patterned jeans are also everywhere at the moment; what better way to mix trends than with a pair of oxblood patterned jeans? Try the Current/Elliott “The Ankle” Print Crop Skinny Jeans in the color “Crimson Tapestry.” Guys and girls can both rock this trendy look.
If you’re weary of buying clothing in oxblood, try nail polish colors such as Essie’s “Berry Hard” or “Lacy Not Racy” and OPI’s “Bastille My Heart.”
Since burgundy is considered a statement color, it works best when worn with neutral colors, such as black, beige, and gray. However, you can spice up your outfit with a touch of gold, or be daring with burgundy jeans and a navy blazer. Pastels also work well with oxblood, allowing you to keep wearing your mint green or pale blue summer tops through the colder months. Olive with burgundy gives off a wintry vibe, so a pair of burgundy jeans and an olive sweater accessorized with an off-white circle scarf makes for a perfect cold-weather outfit.
Oxblood is such a major trend mainly because it is universally flattering. It complements all skin tones and works for any style, so go grab something (or a couple of things) in oxblood, and start styling.