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How to make bur­gundy (the colour) work for you

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If you want to up­date your look for the new sea­son, but aren’t sure about blocks of colour, a drop of bur­gundy is the way to do it. It is, I prom­ise, your best friend when it comes to wear­ing au­tumn colour. It works with navy, black and camel, to add in­ter­est to a chic but oth­er­wise dull pal­ette, and will take you all the way through to win­ter.

Bur­gundy was on the cat­walks in floor-sweep­ing coat form at Chanel, and in glossy leather sep­a­rates at Tod’s. It looks rich in some of au­tumn’s best fabrics: vel­vet, cor­duroy and wool. Blon­des will suit lighter ver­sions of rust, cin­na­mon and brick, while darker hair and skin tones can pull off the deep­est oxblood. Pick clas­sic shapes when wear­ing shades that are out of your com­fort zone to avoid feel­ing over­the-top. A trouser suit like this one is a wise buy for cost-per-wear, too: I’ll pair the blazer with a midi-dress, and the trousers with mules and a shirt for the of­fice.

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