How to wear oxblood red

by Sylvia

How to wear oxblood red
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Oxblood red is one of the most popular colours for Fall, but how to wear it? One way to get some inspiration for great colour combinations is to go to Colourlovers.com. I found the above palettes which all have rather fancy names.

Parlor Chair is a a perfect palette for country-like chic. Ideal for more timid personalities who like to stick to more moderate colours.

I also really like the Curtain closed palette which combines the dark oxblood red with more vivid reds. Perfect if this colour is too dark for you and you want to add a little bit of vibrancy to your outfit. This would also be a good way to wear oxblood red in a warm country like Singapore.

Any Given Thursday is very sophisticated. Great for lovers of a more graphical style.

And then there is Basic Neuroscience which turns the dark red into a rich and colourful combination. Perfect for the more outgoing bubbly types, who want to add more colour to their outfit.

Translating it into outfits

I mainly used the Curtain closed palette for my inspiration board on how to wear oxblood red. I love this colour combined with natural ecru coloured pants. But also with black. I couldn’t resist adding the perfect A-line leather skirt into the mix as well as a lovely asymmetric top. Definitely on my wish list! Or how about wearing a long dress with these amazing long boots? For winter you can easily combine with a long cardigan or short blazer. Or keep it simple and just add this wonderful bow tie belt for a great eye catcher! Then just choose a shoe or a boot that is chic or a little more edgy and you are good to go!

how to wear oxblood red

All the above are available online!

Are you going to wear oxblood red this fall or winter? How are you going to wear it?

Colour palettes from ColourloversParlor Chair, Curtain Closed, Any Given Thursday, Basic Neuroscience  
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traceyliz65

I chose Basic Neuroscience then red your interpretation and had a laugh!

Sylvia

If I can make you laugh then that is a good thing! Do you fit the description though?

traceyliz65

yes, absolutely! Outgoing and bubbly or the adjective I prefer, is Sassy, but me for sure.

Tangobabe

Not my color palette at all, so no, am not gonna wear this. If I WOULD, I would definitely combine it with off-white or a vibrant red as in some of your examples to lighten it up;-).

Sylvia

Yes, I’m sticking to the brighter reds as well. Still loving all these colour combis though!

Rita

I love burgundy and have waited for it to come back. Now it’s called Oxblood (poor Ox)…I guess that sounds fancier, but it’s just good ole burgundy to me. I’m drawn to the “Parlor Chair” but without the gray. I don’t wear much gray, and no black. I’d add in the cream yellow of “Basic Neuroscience”.

Tangobabe

To be very exact: burgundy had a bit more blue in it, while oxblood has more yellow in it. Exactly the reason why burgundy suits me better then oxblood.

Rita

Sounds like me picking paints for my the rooms in my house. I’ve been trying to find just the right green…not too blue, not too yellow, maybe sage, but not too much gray. Then it all changes depending on the lighting. Undertones are tough!

Sylvia

Yes that is a great Fall palette. I actually don’t really like the term “oxblood”. Sounds a bit too ‘bloody’ for me..

Rita

“Oxblood” suits the spooky Halloween season. :-)

Suzanne

I love burgundy. I have burgundy riding boots, a long sleeved dress, a riding jacket, and a print dress that combines burgundy, deep teal, and a bright orange. It sounds weird but it is very pretty and I have an orange cashmere cardigan that looks cute with it. I have a thin burgundy belt too. I tend to like the berry shades more than the browner tones. I’d like to have those Banana Republic pumps and that Valentino bow belt. And that McQ leather skirt is amazing. Wait – what was the question?

Tangobabe

Hahaha!

Rita

LOL, Suzanne!!! And the dress sounds very pretty!

Sylvia

I think it’s a great colour for fall and winter weather and I love those combinations above. For Singapore it’s just a bit too dark. I can totally picture you in your burgundy and orange!

Tangobabe

I have always been into arts, drawing and painting, which gave me a lot of experience in colors and colormixing. Comes in handy every now and then. Color and light fascinates me!

Tangobabe

This was a reply on Rita, actually;-)

Rita

Love that! I’m a totally left-brained engineer/scientist. I’m lucky I can match my socks most days…LOL…but I love seeing what people create, and I love seeing color in things. That’s why I don’t wear black..in scientific terms, black is the absense of color, and that’s kind of a downer.

Suzanne

Hey Rita – if you wear tall boots you don’t have to worry if your socks match or not! :) You just need more boots. That is the answer to all of life’s problems. Feeling sad? Buy boots. Feeling joyful? Celebrate with boots. Of course – you do have to make sure you wear a matched pair. Mismatched socks you might be able to pass off as a “look” but mismatched boots – not so much.

Playing With Scarves

Suzanne,
Feel like sharing this with you: Once, during a business meeting, I suddenly realized I was wearing one black and one navy blue shoe (very similar design).
can you imagine that??????? At that time I was young and terribly embarrassed. Today – wisdom comes with age – I’d say: What? You don’t know this latest trend??? You are just a looser! LOL.
Nice meeting you by the way, Suzanne, and all!

Rita

Exactly, Playing with Scarves! In our wiser years we can just start a new trend! Black and blue can sometimes be really hard to tell apart, so I can totally imagine that happening! :-)

Suzanne

Playing With Scarves – what a cute story! Thank you for sharing it with us. It is nice meeting you too. I think this has to be the most fun Blog in the Universe! We like to make each other laugh!

Rita

Brilliant, Suzanne!!! Who cares about the socks as long as I have matching boots! :-D

Suzanne

Well apparently the boot thing is not foolproof Rita! I’ll get to work on Plan B! :)

Suzanne

This explains a lot about your outfits! You understand color and that is why you can put together so many vibrant items and have it work. Your “fearless with fashion” looks. :)

Suzanne

That last comment was meant for Tangobabe.

Tangobabe

Tx, Suzanne!

Greetje

I had a good laugh over the above conversation. Back and forth, back and forth.
Now I also know why Anja is so much better in styling than I am. She has the eye of an artist. Luckily she is soon returning home soon which means she is 3 doors away from me. So I can pick her brains again.
Never knew that difference between burgundy and oxblood. I am an oxblood girl then. As I need yellow in my red and not blue.
Of the colour schemes you show us Sylvia, I would of course pick the basic neuroscience. Would you not consider making an inspiration board on that as well???
I have not got much oxblood in my wardrobe. Actually I have nothing in that colour and it suits me so well. This Saturday I am going out shopping with two colleague/friends who are very much into fashion and a lot younger. See what I can find in the shops, bearing in mind that I am not their age.

Sylvia

I will consider it Greetje. Happy shopping Saturday. Make a list of things that would complement your wardrobe before you go, so you come back with the right things!

Greetje

I will: a black wide skirt, a black small belt and a coat. Oh yeah… a big top in a lovely colour.

Bella Q

Sylvia I can’t wait to see you in oxblood red! I bet you can rock it like a scientist! I just wore my new-to-me oxblood boots and guess what? Took lots of pics of them in yellow leaves and grey concrete. The 3 colors work so well together.

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday. xo. -Bella Q

Sylvia

Not sure if I will be buying any oxblood. I’m more sticking to brighter colours now. Look forward to seeing your pictures!

Marianne

I think I am a closed curtain, anyway I bought some burgundy clothes and to prove that I uploaded the outfit on the style forum. I hope I did it right so I can get out of the dark and open the curtain.

Sylvia

You look wonderful Marianne! Great combination of colours. Here is an easy link for others who want to have a look: http://40plusstyle.com/forum/?mingleforumaction=viewtopic&t=176

The Style Crone

Very rich and beautiful color for fall and I bookmarked your link. I do have this color in my closet, so I will be wearing it during this season! Great post!

Sylvia

Thanks Judith. I look forward to seeing you wear this colour!

Playing With Scarves

Oxblood is definitely not my color. As many of you pointed out, just the name of this makes it not very appealing. And where you are a brunette with dark skin, just forget…
BUT I really enjoyed all your comments. Rita, Tanngobabe and Suzanne, you made me laugh a lot. Thanks for this good time you offered us Sylvia!
Cheers,
Anne

Sylvia

Yes, my readers are amazingly funny and offer the best feedback! They make my site come alive.

Heather Fonseca

I am probably going to wear my oxblood pieces with denim, that is if I get oxblood pieces. I love the look but I might just use some older burgundy pieces and pretend its oxblood. I’ve decided I need a less seasonal wardrobe, so I’m not sure about adding a lot of fall colors,maven though I love them.

Sylvia

Yes, that is what I decided as well for myself. This colour does not really fit in so well with the year summer climate I’m in, although I may be pursaded by a leather or a-line skirt in this colour.

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