Trend Tracking: This Season Let ‘Oxblood Red’ Take Over Your Wardrobe

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Oxblood Trend Fall-WInter 2012

Step aside tangerine. There is a new colour in town and it is a tad bit bloody! Before I introduce the latest colour trend I ask you all to remember the wise words of Shakespeare: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet”. With that in mind say hello to fall-winter’s ‘it’ hue, Oxblood Red, which has taken over the runways. I know, what an unattractive name, right? But believe me once you get to know this gorgeous colour it will totally whet your style buds.

 What exactly is Oxblood Red? It is a brownish-red shade quite similar to the other dark shades of red such as maroon, wine, rosewood and burgundy but by no mean is it the same. While these shades have hints of violet, oxblood red leans more towards brown. In my opinion it is a brownish version of the traditional burgundy.

Oxblood Trend Fall-WInter 2012
Oxblood Trend Fall-WInter 2012 Image: FDCI, Style.com

Who Can Wear It? The beauty of oxblood is that it compliments almost all Indian skin tones.
While red and its many tints and tones have been popular for years in India, oxblood is relatively a new red shade. But unlike the ‘IT’ colour of summer-neon- it is devoid of shock factor (except for the name!). Oxblood by its basic nature is not as overwhelming as scarlet, crimson or the brighter shades of red. Its subtleness makes it the perfect choice for those who are ‘all-eyes-on-me’ bold red shy.

How To Wear Oxblood Colour Trend
How To Wear Oxblood Colour Trend Image: Polyvore

How To Wear It? Since oxblood is on the darker side, it pairs well with jewel tones, neutrals and earthy shades as well as everything from geometrical prints to floral to stripes and checks. Introducing oxblood red in small quantities such as jewellery, bags, shoes and other form of accessories is the ideal way to start experimenting with this new colour trend. Oxblood lipstick, hair highlights and nail polish is also a trendy way to incorporate this hue.

On the traditional front, those who are looking for something new this festive and wedding season, oxblood is your colour. Belonging to the red family, oxblood fits in well with the traditional Indian bridal/festive colour scheme. The depth of the colour makes it a perfect companion for plush fabrics such as velvet and silk brocade as well as rich ‘zardozi’ and ‘resham’ embroidery. I don’t know how a hue as sophisticated and sexy as this got stuck with such a gory name. Name aside, this rich colour adds a dose of drama to any look, whether you wear it on your nails, neck or heels.

How do you like this colour?

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A fashion designer by profession, a literature graduate by education and a fashion blogger and writer by choice. Addicted to books, Sudoku, political news and American T.V shows. In a long term relationship with chocolates.

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Amena Azeez
A fashion designer by profession, a literature graduate by education and a fashion blogger and writer by choice. Addicted to books, Sudoku, political news and American T.V shows. In a long term relationship with chocolates.