Burgundy is the New Black

Black has been the go-to color forever.  It’s slimming, and it matches everything.  Come fall, designers and clothing companies occasionally announce “_______ is the new black!”   Three or four years ago it was charcoal grey.  Now?  Burgundy.  A rich, deep red that varies slightly depending on whether the undertones are brown, purple, or black.  Goes with almost anything like a good neutral will do, and flatters medium to pale skin tones.  So let’s take a look at some of our favorite celebrities rocking this look:


Tina Fey at the Emmys just in September looked smashing in this simple burgundy dress by Vivienne Westwood.  Ms. Fey has medium-pale skin and dark hair which worked well with this particular shade of burgundy, which was sort of a brick red.


Earlier this year, Scarlett Johansson kicked off the burgundy obsession at the Oscarswith this amazing lace dress that skewed toward purple.  Reactions were mixed during the wrap-up shows but she truly looks stunning.  The purple hue looks beautiful next to her dirty-blonde locks and pale skin.


Perhaps it’s in bad tasted to put the ex-Mrs. Ryan Reynolds next to the current Mrs. Ryan Reynolds, but ah, well.  In the clip above, Blake Lively shows a fun, youthful version of this trend–a sequined mini-dress from Gucci–which looks lovely against her medium-pale skin.

Gucci and Vivienne Westwood are all very nice for celebrities, but what about more accessible options for the rest of us?  Behold, a selection of great burgundy finds at reasonable prices:


BR Button Tab Cord Mini – $59.50
 and Oasis Lantern Skirt – $77.61

For the ladies looking to show at bit of leg, the micro-corduroy mini at left is shown in a muted burgundy tone, while those looking for a bit more coverage and a looser fit have the pleated purple-toned lantern skirt at right.



3/4-sleeve Twill Shirt – $35
 and BR Printed Silk Cynthia Blouse – $79.50

Button-up shirts are a classic staple.  Land’s End offers their 3/4-sleeve version in a ton of colors, including this eggplant-burgundy.  At right, a print version of a burgundy garment, crafted in beautiful silk.



ASOS Lace Shirt Dress – $60.36 and BB Dakota Jada Dress – $95

Sarah previously posted on the Peter Pan trend, and you can see that in the cute lace dress at left.  The simple but sophisticated dress at right is by BB Dakota, a great on-trend brand.

What do you think, ladies? Are you digging the burgundy trend?


2 Responses to “Burgundy is the New Black”
  1. Amber Dillon says:

    Does Amethyst count under “burgundy”? If so, White House Black Market has some GREAT pieces!