Winter Trend: Burgundy

The frigid cold has arrived, and I need as much help as possible to get me through these dark winter days. Aside from wearing multiple layers, I am also counting on my warm and cozy friend: burgundy. Burgundy is a blend of red and blue hues with a touch of purple thrown in, making it a color that everyone looks great in because it compliments all skin types. Even though it’s a darker shade, it gives you an unexpected pop of color - perfect to get you through the winter. I find that most men who wear burgundy incorporate this color into a top, but I want to share three other powerful ways to make this an even bigger part of your winter wardrobe.

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Pants:

Burgundy may not be the most conventional color for pants, but it’s one that opens up your wardrobe to a realm of possibilities. I love buying a piece of clothing that can be worn dozens of different ways because you truly get more bang for your buck. Burgundy pants can be paired with almost every color and every type of top. They instantly make any outfit feel dressier. I love pairing these pants with a fitted sweater layered over a crisp button-down shirt. A lace-up or Chelsea boot is the perfect finishing touch to making a strong statement with your look. I don’t see this color being worn by men as much as I think it should be, and that’s because many people feel intimidated by it. But fear not, with these pants, the options are endless and you will stand out for all the right reasons.

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Suiting:

Whether you wear a suit for work, social gatherings, or special occasions, there is no better time to make a statement. While I love my navy, black and grey suits, I sometimes get tired of wearing the same color palette. This winter, spice up your suiting with burgundy. I gravitate towards textured suits because they add an extra element of style and show that you put thought into your suiting. During the winter months, play with different fabrics and textures like wool, tweed, cashmere, and herringbone. This burgundy suit is made from wool and has a faint speckled pattern. You always want to feel good when wearing a suit and this fashion-forward look will leave you feeling like the most confident one in the room. Just be sure to stick with more neutral shirts colors like white or light blues because the suit already makes such a strong statement on its own, and you want that to be the focus of your look.

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Accessories & Footwear:

Never underestimate the power of footwear and accessories. Burgundy shoes go with dark denim and most colors of chinos or dress pants. You can be wearing the simplest outfit and make it look like a million bucks, just because you have on a show-stopping pair of shoes. By wearing a color outside of the box, you instantly have a fashion-forward look. I always say that if you’re a bit trepidatious about trying out a new color like burgundy, start with the footwear first to break yourself in. If you’re ready to take a bigger plunge, switch out your work bag every once in a while with a different color. This burgundy bag gives a pop to your standard suit and adds a little extra flavor to your look.

I look forward to seeing how you style your burgundy this season!

Jacket Versatility  

The temperatures have officially dropped which means it’s time to layer on jackets for the next four to five months. I get bored wearing the same jacket everyday, so over the years my collection has grown (perhaps a little too much for my NYC apartment). There are so many looks you can achieve with different styles of jackets. Even a slightly lighter coat in your collection can be used if you are appropriately layered, so don’t be too quick to write off a favorite jacket of yours this season. Below are a few of my favorite styles that I recommend to spice up your wardrobe.

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1. Down Jacket

For the coldest days, a down jacket can really help keep you warm. They don’t have to be big and puffy to be warm. Many companies are now making them fashion-forward. Canada Goose is my go-to jacket when it’s super cold. I know, they’re pretty expensive, but if you invest in one, you really could keep it forever. I used mine maybe 65% of time in the winter. I love that their coats have different warmth levels. For example, their “extreme” style combats 25-degree weather and below. Many of the jackets also have drawcords that make the waist adjustable to accentuate your silhouette and come in a variety of colors and styles. Of course, there are plenty of other great brands out there like The North Face and Uniqlo. Give those a try too!

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2. Navy or Black Pea Coat

I love the look of a sleek pea coat. The double breasted design and big lapels provide an element of drama and elegance to your outfit. I like to wear the lapels up to protect myself even more from windy, cold weather. Pea coats are generally a shorter style, giving you a sports jacket look. It also makes you appear longer because it’s a  clean, tailored separation between your torso and legs, which isn’t always the case when wearing super long jackets. This coat can be worn over dress pants or chinos, and looks equally as dapper with a pair of light or dark denim. You know I I love a versatile piece! Layer the coat with your favorite scarf and you will achieve a dapper look that will keep you cozy and warm all winter long.

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3. Charcoal Topcoat

Topcoats are slightly lighter and a touch shorter than an overcoat. While both are worn over suits, and an overcoat may keep you warmer, topcoats are some of my favorite pieces for a preppy, layered outfit. Bundling up in a thick sweater layered over a button-down is a great look. Throw a topcoat on over your layers and you instantly have a luxurious, classic look. Charcoal is a color that goes with everything and, in my opinion, is such a classy color. I highly recommend getting this formal-style jacket in a light or dark shade of charcoal.

Bundle up this season in ways that compliment the rest of your outfit and don’t forget to factor in your outerwear when building out your looks. Stay warm out there! ❄️