Have you missed me?
After a prolonged absence I am back to discuss this fall’s obsession with oxblood!
I am a sucker for a dark color. In fact my wardrobe looks like it belongs to Morticia Addams. While an obsession with black is always on-trend adding a few dark pieces in seasonal colors never hurt, which is why I am so into oxblood.
Not only do I love the color I also love the name, oxblood — that just sounds cool, right? I mean you could call it a dark burgundy or maroon or even black cherry but oxblood just sounds better.
You can find oxblood everywhere this fall in every piece imaginable — and they all look great. The color is so deep and rich it’s at it’s best when used in a material with a great texture like leather, velvet, and suede. In fact, I have a pair of oxblood suede loafers on right now!
Looking for inspiration? A piece you can buy right this second? Allow me to show you a few of my favorite pieces this fall…
First we will start with a coat I need to have immediately. This Amber Ombre Melton Coat by BB Dakota is to die for. It combines the beautiful oxblood and the traditional black for a great gradient look. It features a wrap cowl-neck, button closure at the neck, pockets and asymmetrical cut perfect for the cold. This coat truly pops when paired with an all black look. Let the color be vibrant and stand out! Black skinnies (leather!) with black boots or pumps will truly do this piece justice.
Next up is a a pair of pumps I have a personal obsession with. These Burlesque leather pumps by Alexander McQueen are fabulous and actually pretty comfortable! I own this pair in black and am in love with them and also terrified to wear them because they cost so much money. But if you are looking for a quality shoe in a trendy color that will give you height and some style these are the shoes for you. They are classic platform pumps with a little edge at the toe and a great ankle strap to complete the look. Like all McQueen shoes they are made from quality materials and if you don’t attempt to run a marathon in them, they will last you a good while.
Is Cambridge Satchel Company still a thing? Well, it should be. This bag combines two of falls great trends into one — the satchel and oxblood. This bag is a simple satchel that can be used throughout the fall and winter. The sleek matte color goes great with all kinds of neutrals and the body strap makes it perfect to use while your hands are full. The 14″ size is also great making it a bag that can actually carry some of your stuff, not just a phone and credit card like so many cross-body bags these days.
I don’t know about you but this picture alone is making my eyes swell with tears of joy. Marc Jacobs Beauty!? Amazing and long overdue if I must say. And what better way to celebrate such a fabulous line than with this fabulous nail color? A dark nail color is so on trend it’s crazy. For the last two months my nails have only been home to deep hues like oxblood, plumb, dark grey, and dark blue. This is a great color because it will seriously go with everything. Shades of red are impossibly classic and that includes this deep hue.
You got the nails, now it’s time for the lips! Dark lip color is more on trend than ever but a lot people don’t dare try a dark lip color like Urban Decay’s ‘Shame,’ which itself is a shame. Dark colors, when lined properly, can look great on all skin tones. This shade is as dark as you can get this fall and is a must-have for all lip color aficionados. The key to wearing such a dark color is to make sure the rest of your face doesn’t get lost. I wear ‘Shame’ with cat-eyes lined with Stila’s liquid eyeliner, lots of black mascara, and bronzer/blush to add color to the cheeks. Make sure that your other attributes are highlighted so the color doesn’t overpower your face. And yes, it works with a pale complexion. I am super white and this doesn’t make me look like a vampire.
I will end this post with a pair of great pants from ASOS. I love the idea of a great oxblood skinny jean and love these high-waisted ones with destructed knees. Oxblood pants look great when paired with neutrals like black or white but can really serve as a neutral themselves if you like. Though I am not a huge fan of distressed denim these pants are pretty sweet. I am also loving faux leather skinnies in oxblood! The leather look is perfect for such a dramatically dark color.
Find more picks (including a few plumb pieces…I couldn’t help myself) in my Deep Hues list on Shopcade!