THE OBSESSION: Burgundy, bordeaux, wine.....

by Paul Julch in

No, we're not talking about what to drink with your steak - we're talking about an "it" color for the fall season.  Whether you call it burgundy, bordeaux, wine, or just plain maroon, it signals impending autumn in an elegant and luxurious way.  

As versatile as a neutral, it pairs beautifully with an abundance of color, and looks deep and luscious in a variety of textures.  Accessorize with burgundy in leather or suede, or don it full-on in wools and silks. Pair it with charcoal or camel for classic sophistication. Wear it with unexpected mustards, deep greens, inky blues or even fuchsia for a more modern take.

The best thing about a popular color is that you can find it all over - which means a plethora of styles, options, and prices.  Check out below for incredibly wearable burgundy options, and choose whether you want to splurge or save!  

And click here for my Pinterest page with more frugal finds, wise investments, and a few things in between.....




Booties are all the rage for fall, and a low-heeled bootie brings comfort and style.  These buckled options are altogether sophisticated and sassy.  Show off the hardware with skinnies or a skirt and tights - they edge out any outfit.

(left) Early Suede Bootie by Tabitha Simmons, $1195 | (right) Leather Ankle Boot by Zara, $99.90




A waist-defining draped dress is one of the most versatile and wearable silhouettes.  Covered-up enough for a work event and figure-flattering enough for a date, it's sure to become a wardrobe workhorse.  

Accessory options are limitless with such a deep yet subdued color.  Go metallic with pewter or burnished gold sandals, go subtle with grey patent or navy suede heels, or give it a rocker vibe with a black leather jacket and pointy ankle booties.

(left) Drape Front Dress by Lanvin, $959 | (right) Anita Dress by Whistles, $239.25




Think you have enough cords?  If you don't have this color, think again!  Cords are to fall what linen pants are to summer - the epitome of the season that you pull out year after year.  Wear them like jeans or wear them like wool pants - with brown knee-high boots when you feel a little bit country, and with black stilettos when you feel a little bit rock and roll.

(left) Gelsey Corduroy Trousers by Isabel Marant Etiole, $310 | (right) Matchstick Cord by J. Crew, $89.50



Strappy heels are perfect anytime of year - but in the fall, suede makes them that much more luxurious.  Whether it's a dinner date, a night out with the girls, or a Tuesday, you don't need a reason to grab some sexy heels.

Ankle strap heels may shorten the leg, so you can go one of two ways: lengthen the body with a monochromatic outfit (a taupe dress would look phenomenal with these!), or wear your ankle straps with pants.  Either way, the strap adds a little something extra.....

(left) Ankle Strap Heel by Proenza Schouler, $795 | (right) Cirrus by Jessica Simpson, $69




A fitted pencil skirt is a wardrobe basic, but you can up the ante in shiny burgundy.  Channel your inner sexy secretary with a fitted blazer and heels, or cozy it up with a chunky textured sweater, tights and flat boots.  Either way you'll turn heads.

(left)  Rubber Pencil Skirt by Burberry Prorsum, $1130 | (right) Faux Leather Skirt by Zara, $69.90


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