Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Day One: Oxblood Red
On the Runway
Oxblood red is the must-have color this fall. The deep wine-colored hue graced several runways, on big bold statement pieces like Marc Jacob’s crazy giant feather hat or Alexander Wang’s oxblood embossed-leather coat. Organic by John Patrick did a memorable oxblood head-to-toe look complete with scarf, gloves, sweater, and leather pants.
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Ideas for Styling
A dark burgundy coat will look great against autumnal falling leaves, but later winter snow will set off the deep hue nicely. If you’re not ready to commit to the investment piece, try a smaller update like a blouse or a statement necklace. Pair oxblood red with black, especially leather for a classic look, or pair with a lighter shade of red for a strong look.
- See more styling inspiration on the Destination Thrift We <3 Style Bloggers Pinboard.
Tips for Thrifting
Look for shades of oxblood, burgundy, or red. If you dare to take this trend monochrome, try to mix and match pieces in-store to get the right shades if you want to mix shades of red and burgundy in one outfit. Also try to compare pieces near a sunlit window to get the best impression of color matches; natural light definitely beats fluorescent lights any day. If you’re not ready to commit to the head-to-toe oxblood look, scan the racks for one garment in your desired shade and don’t forget to check the shoes, bags, and jewelry cases as well.
How I Interpreted the Trend
I thrifted this Gap burgundy coat for $1.50 in March 2011. Although the color is a bit lighter than those seen on the runways, the deep red color fits right in with the trend. I was able to wear it a few times in the winter of 2011, and now I feel like an ahead-of-the-times trendsetter with my deep red coat!
What do you think of the “oxblood” trend?