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A Glass of Red for Your Steak

Posted by Justin Tucker on December 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Is it a neutral or a statement color? This is the question many men appear to be asking when it comes to the shade of red which sits somewhere between burgundy and that of red wine. It has always been a color of great prestige, as was commonly worn during more formal events of the Victorian era. Even today, it isn’t uncommon to witness what many might perceive as a risk-taking celebrity sporting the rather elegant hue in the form of a fancy dinner jacket on some sort of red carpet. It must be no surprise that we are still drawn to this particular hue year after year.


These days, it appears as though fairly little is off-limits. Men all over the world are beginning to realize that with risk comes great reward, especially in the realm of dressing. Colors once finite within a man’s wardrobe are now experiencing new life, as designers have begun pushing boundaries in terms of silhouettes, fabric choices and color usage. No longer limited to simple dinner jackets and morning coats, claret red has been reinvented in everything from sporty parkas and slick bomber jackets to fine knits and tailored suiting. Let’s not forget about the assemblage of accessory pieces, including luxury scarves, leather holdalls and only the finest shoes in the high shine shade of wine.


High-end labels including Hermes and Burberry – both famous for collections exhibiting the most exquisite tones – are leaders of the pack when it comes to adding a punch of rich colors to otherwise muted collections. Other labels such as Lanvin and Louis Vuitton sought to recreate the business wardrobe by incorporating burgundy hues into smart styles. Then there is Paul Smith with a rock-inspired collection of washed-out burgundy shades.


What makes this color so easy to incorporate into the average wardrobe is that it pairs well with most other on-trend, neutral colors. With a number of different styles now being produced, there’s no better time to start adding some richness to your wardrobe. Check out the following must-haves and start exploring your street-style-meets-sophisticated side:


From Top Left to Right: Next burgundy 3-piece suit: $194; Bonobos 'Foulard' slim fit print sport shirt: $98; Drake’s slub silk tie: $195; Dr Martens Adrian tassel loafers: $188; Brooks Brothers leather dress belt: $98; Nixon ‘The Sentry’ leather strap watch: $150; Banana Republic leather pouch: $80; Dolce & Gabbana ‘The One’ for men: $37.

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