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How to Wear Merlot (aka Burgundy) in Your Wardrobe

Make room, rosé

Prime your closet for more color with this series of guides for bold shades. SG HQ is breaking down how to wear different stylish hues (like how to wear merlot!) with easy color combinations and outfit ideas.


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Merlot is a deep purplish red, with blue undertones.

While summer is usually reserved for a nice, never-ending glass of rosé, don’t be fooled into thinking merlot isn’t meant for all year enjoyment – think of it as the rich addition to any outfit (or dinner) during any season.

Named after the signature grapes, it’s easy to categorize this color in the purple family. But in fact, merlot is a mix of very dark blue and purple. The word comes from merle: French for blackbird, an avian species which is more midnight than truly black.

Below, ideas on how to wear merlot in your wardrobe:

How to wear merlot

The good news is this shade is really a year-round color. Especially if you’re not someone who loves pastels, wearing a color like merlot or burgundy means you still get to break out some color in the summer.

Of course, the wine-hued shade is probably most worn in the fall, as it’s got that richness that makes you think of cornucopias and gourds and other fun autumnal accoutrement. And unlike brighter hues or bolder patterns, it doesn’t feel so “Can I pull that off?”

In many ways, you can think of merlot or burgundy as a neutral. The rich, dynamic shade can often be subbed in when you were going to wear navy or grey—opening up your pairing options when you’re picking out your clothes.

We love it in sports coats, chinos, tailored suiting (separates or together!) and of course in details like piping and prints. Bonus: Because of the tonal mix in the hue, it actually looks amazing on all skin types.

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How to wear burgundy at the office

Suit: Suit Supply | Shirt: Calvin Klein | Pocket square: The Tie Bar

Belt: Allen Edmonds | Shoes: Hugo Boss | Watch: Daniel Wellington

Cologne: Atelier

SG Says: As always, that depends on where you’re off to. For daytime, bring this color in by pairing it with a bright blood orange polo on top, or with evergreen shorts with a lightweight cotton merlot button up.

For evening, consider swapping out your suit accessories for a tie and pocket square in this shade, which will look especially amazing with navy. Grey is always a combo option as well: slate or sharkskin will do just fine.

 

How to wear burgundy on the weekend

Shorts: J.Crew | Shirt: Original Pengquin | Jacket: Jack Threads

Shoes: Clarks | Socks: N/A | Watch: Timex

Belt: Oliver Spencer | Sunscreen: Anthony | Hat: Ralph Lauren

When to wear burgundy

Because it’s like black but not quite black, this color can sub out for that shade when temperatures start to climb  in both casual and more formal gear. Don’t be afraid to bust merlot out all year long though: From the office to a night out with the guys (or your favorite gal!), this shade is sure to attract all the best kinds of attention.

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