Burgundy is a Blast!

As summer turns into autumn, you will notice less pastel colours out there, and vibrant yellows and sky blues are being packed away in the loft until next year. So what is the best autumnal colour to wear? For me there is only one choice… It’s a colour that brings to mind the best quality French wine- Burgundy.
The name comes from the Burgundians, an ancient Germanic people originating in Bornholm who settled in the area during the early Middle Ages. The Old Norse name for Bornholm was Burgundaholmr. It’s darker than red, and it’s not mauve or violet. Closer to maroon or claret, but sexier and more vibrant with an hint of something darker and undiscovered, burgundy is a colour that just keeps on giving, especially in the world of fashion when the days are beginning to get shorter.
Cool burgundy, deep maroon, dark claret, no I am not talking about the colours of fine French wines nor the names of some defunct 80’s prog-rock bands but instead a colour that in the past couple of years has risen from its sartorial slumber to make its mark on many a man’s wardrobe.
Whereas many colours come round year after year with a degree of tedium and more than a hint of marketing; “x is the new black this season”, burgundy is a colour that rarely headlines in its own right, yet is a real jewel when uncovered and brandished to the world. But shhh… Don’t tell everyone; keep it as your own little treasure to be exposed when you want to make an impact…
But get on board the burgundy bus quickly because some of the better-known fashion houses are getting on board the burgundy bandwagon- whether it’s shirts, shorts, t-shirts, trousers, smart suits or accessories, they are realising burgundy goes with everything! If you don’t believe me take a lookat the 2014 fashion statements for these; Ami, Prada, Dior, Homme and Topman. They all snuck in with some burgundy broadsides.
Burgundy sits comfortably with both contemporary and classical fashion and style and can be mixed and matched with a great number of other colours. Try it with navy, white, black and dark grey. Or what about mustard yellow? Even light blue? Go on and try it- a burgundy suit or just the jacket will make a man stand out when he walks into a room.
But if you want to start off simply in burgundy-world then go for a burgundy tee shirt. Pull on a pair of khaki chinos or black jeans and a dark yellow or twill jacket and you’ll be the burgundian bees knees!
But the height of homage to the colour must be a burgundy suit. It may sound a little OTT, but break away from the charcoal/black suit Mafioso. Once you’ve got a two or three piece burgundy suit, you’ll wonder why you left it so long to take the plunge. Wear it with a white short and a burgundy paisley tie and you will be making a selfie-statement that you are loud proud and confident about your appearance! Strut it man!