Burgundy and Claret for Men.

Immediately what springs to mind is wine? 

Burgundy is wine made in the Burgundy region of eastern France using 100% Pinot Noir grapes.  Claret is an old British term which refers to red wines from France from Bordeaux region using grapes of that region: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec, but this is not what I’m going to be talking about.  

I was referring to colours. 

Burgundy, claret, the dark reds, deep, rich, warm and full bodied.  

Burgundy jackets, suits and accessories for men, don’t you just love them? 

I spotted a burgundy jacket last Christmas in Next and immediately fell in love with it. I tried to persuade one of my “boys” (husband and son) to buy one, they couldn’t both have one; Tweedledum and Tweedledee! 

This year I noticed a number of burgundy suits and jackets in the stores, it’s a fabulous colour, it can be teamed with; grey, navy, black and beige, it’s so versatile. I have picked out a few for you to view on my ‘Pinterest’ board; ‘Burgundy for Men’. 

If you don’t poses a burgundy suit or jacket I don’t expect you to rush out and buy one, a touch of burgundy in the form of a waistcoat, tie, pocket square or a cravat will instantly add a casual, warm look to your appearance without spending a fortune, and you are going to look amazing.  

Please all you gents out there, what I hate most of all is when you turn out in a plain suit with a white unbuttoned shirt, such a ‘bad look’.    

If you really don’t want to wear a tie at least team your suit or jacket with a patterned pocket square or a patterned shirt.     

Waistcoats have been ‘big’ with you chaps now for a number of years, a waistcoat could update your; grey, navy, black, burgundy or beige suit or jacket and bring it right up to date. Team it with a contrasting tie or pocket square, don’t try to match colours together, instead use contrasting colours in your accessories and don’t be afraid of mixing patterns and prints.   

Be experimental.  For example, wear a burgundy jacket over denim blue jeans, check shirt, beige waistcoat, a cravat tied unconventionally (a good look) and a pocket square.

The pocket square does NOT have to be in the same fabric as your tie, bow tie or cravat; in fact a pocket square in a contrasting fabric is a “good look”. 

What isn’t acceptable is a bad colour match so always go for a contrast.