Every season when the leaves begin changing colors we reach for the same rich jewel tones for our wardrobes. Shades of burgundy with its deep red and purple undertones always feel right for fall. Call it merlot, oxblood, or maroon, this luscious berry tone flatters every skintone and pairs well with just about every neutral, from camel and navy to gray and black. On casual separates or festive party attire, burgundy is one fashion trend we'll never tire of. Here are 6 ways to wear this gorgeous fall 2016 color right now inspired by some of our favorite celebrity trendsetters, plus budget-friendly picks to shop the look:
1. A Cozy Sweater
Probably my favorite way to wear burgundy is with a cozy and comforting chunky knit sweater that you can pair with skinny jeans and boots, or dress up with a leather pencil skirt or black pants and a great pair of heels. Ellie Goulding gives her outfit some edge with leather leggings and combat boots. It's all about how you style it that makes a burgundy sweater so essential.
Get the Look: Merona Cable Pullover Sweater (also in Plus-Size) or try this updated sweater with crisscross detailing
Ellie Goulding Photo Credit: Palace Lee, PacificCoastNews
2. The Perfect Hat
From a warm beanie to a wool fedora, the perfect finishing touch to almost any fall look is the perfect hat. Floppy felt fedoras are on-trend and an easy way to add a pop of color to your look. Take a style cue from Olivia Palermo - she'll never lead you astray - and pair a burgundy hat with a graphic black and white outfit for a feminine and chic combo.
Get the Look: Hinge Floppy Hat
Olivia Palermo Photo Credit: Ralph, PacificCoastNews.com
3. Your Fall Handbag
Another foolproof way to add burgundy to your fall wardrobe is with a handbag...it's the proverbial icing on the cake, that special something that will make your whole outfit stand out and come together. Something like a structured tote will work for the office while a crossbody bag like Taylor Swift's is something you can carry all week long. Top designers from YSL to Tory Burch (love this bag) bring burgundy bags back each year which is why this is a safe investment piece, but you can also go in on the trend under $100 because burgundy is one of those colors that almost always reads more expensive than it actually is.
Get the Look: Aldo 'Gilliam' Bag, Street Level Reversible Tote
Taylor Swift Photo Credit: GZR, PacificCoastNews
4. With Updated Basics
If your style is super casual - maybe you're a student or stay-at-home mom - you can still get in on the burgundy trend with some updated basics in this beautiful hue. I love how French actress and model Gaia Weiss opted for a wine-colored top instead of the usual white for her casual off-duty ensemble. Pick up a couple layering tees that you can mix and match with your favorite chambray shirt, staple denim and neutral cardigans. Or try a trendy cold-shoulder top or lace-up top to update your look - you can't go wrong.
Get the Look: Vince Camuto Cold Shoulder Top, Halogen Modal Jersey Tee, Plus-Size Off the Shoulder Top
Gaia Weiss Photo Credit: CRYSTAL, PacificCoastNews
5. In Head-to-Toe Monochrome
Nothing reads more luxe or more fashion-forward than head to toe burgundy. Mix textures like leather or suede with knits like Rita Ora for a modern classic vibe. I love that you can wear these pieces all together or break them apart for endless outfit ideas. The monochrome look is perfect for the office, too. You could even add a burgundy coat to make an even bigger fashion statement, or make it your focal point when the rest of your look is neutral.
Get the Look: ChicWish Midi Skirt, Knit Moto Jacket
Rita Ora Photo Credit: Palace Lee, PacificCoastNews
6. One-and-Done Dress
While pulling off a monochrome look might rate as "difficult" on the style scale, wearing a burgundy dress is easy-as-pie. It's just one piece you throw on and you're done, like the lovely Kate Bosworth shows us. For casual looks, try a swing dress, a sweaterdress or a turtleneck dress. Add your favorite faux fur vest and boots, tights for warmth and a blanket scarf. For all your holiday festivities, go for a lace cocktail dress in this opulent hue...it's such a stunning shade that's still super easy to wear and accessorize.
Get the Look: Swing Dress (Plus-Size Option), ChicWish Burgundy Rose Dress, KUT from the Kloth Lace Dress or this Eloquii Plus-Size Lace Dress
Kate Bosworth Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews
Which burgundy look is your favorite? How are you wearing the trend this fall?