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The Beauty of Burgundy

   

As we step into autumn, what better colour than burgundy to inject a bit of newness and romance to your wardrobe? Just like the smooth wine that hails from the French region of the same name, the colour burgundy suggests a decadence and refinement that is unsurpassed this season.

While most of us instinctively gravitate towards black when the sunny days of summer come to an end, the beauty of burgundy lies in its similar versatility yet infinitely richer quality as a dark neutral. Teamed alongside some Victoriana-inspired pieces — another trend this season I previously spoke to — this oxblood shade, or marsala by another name, will make for a dramatic autumnal wardrobe.

Look towards Veronika Maine and Rebecca Vallance for bold workwear pieces that will make a powerful statement in the office. Paired with a crisp white shirt or a navy knit, burgundy really comes into its own. Rebecca Vallance's leather pieces are my personal picks, whether it be the edgy moto jacket or brilliant short-sleeved leather dress in a work-appropriate midi length. It's a sign of our modern times that leather has become an elevated option for daytime and workwear.

When it comes to evening wear, cocktail dresses and gowns have long been made in this reddish-brown hue, a testament to its flattering nature for most skin tones. This season, we see Australian designer brand Manning Cartell and Lover create beautiful burgundy dresses in sheer and lace in equally dramatic silhouettes. Contemporary label Shona Joy is another brand who has embraced this colour trend this season, offering very wearable and affordable dresses for evening affairs. 

Finally, I would be amiss to omit the powerful statement a dark red lip makes. Be it in matte or glossy, the cooler months are the perfect time for a bold beauty look.

Shop our best pieces in burgundy:

  • 1

    Flying Start Maxi Dress by Manning Cartell

    Vamp it up in this bordeaux-hued dress with silk chiffon frills and delicate sheer bishop sleeves.

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  • 2

    Satisfaction Moto Jacket by Rebecca Vallance

    A refined update to the traditional motorcycle jacket, made from beautiful lambskin leather that softens with every wear.

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  • 3

    Jamie Top by Backstage

    A step up from your everyday basic top, this has a deep V neckline and wide bell sleeves.

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  • 4

    Mignon Knit by Claudie Pierlot

    This soft knit is deceivingly simple at the front, but has an open back finished with an oversized bow.

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  • 5

    High Neck Ruched Dress by Shona Joy

    A graceful and sophisticated evening gown guaranteed to highlight your feminine figure.

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  • 6

    Trumpet Skirt by Veronika Maine

    A structured skirt made of bonded fabric — a versatile piece for your winter work wardrobe.

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  • 7

    Rebecca Bag by Witchery

    Functional and refined, this suede bag is the perfect everyday bag for the autumn winter season.

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  • 8

    Almost Lipstick in Black Honey by Clinique

    Sheer and glossy, this dark red lipstick for those not used to wearing intense colour.

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