Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Burgundy Dress Trend

Burgundy Dresses

Burgundy or bordeaux, wine red or rust, merlot or maroon, oxblood or firebrick - there are countless variations on this rich deep red shade that has cast a captivating spell on the fashion world. What began on the Fall 2012 runways of top designers Diane von Furstenberg, DKNY, Alexander Wang and Gucci has trickled over into Hollywood and chain stores around the rest of the world. So fasten your seat belts, this red hot trend is raging ahead, with no signs of slowing down.

Runway Inspiration
 With so many unique takes on the burgundy dress, there is a style to fit any taste. Haider Akermann showed off chunky wrapped knits, L'Wren Scott brought in the element of velvet deluxe and Isabel Marant kept it cowgirl. Minimilism and oversized was seen at Chloe & Roksanda Ilincic, while Nanette Lepore and Nina Ricci feminized the look with ruffles & lace.

Diane von Furstenburg added her signature wrapped effect to the trend, Herve Leger and Bottega Veneta went strong shouldered and leather bound. Simplicity reigned at Alexander Wang and Christian Siriano, and DKNY focused on cozy textures. Peter Som played the peplum card, Gucci brought in the glamour, while Versus & J Mendel stayed youthful & sexy.

Celebrity Burgundy Style

Emmy Rossum wears a simply sweet street style version of the maroon dress.
Malin Akerman added structure in an Alexx Jae and Milk dress, with black Prada heels.
Emily Blunt contoured the look in a fitted Roland Mouret 'Galaxy' dress.
Emmanuelle Chriqui interpreted the burgundy trend with a chic leather dress.
Krysten Ritter warms it up in a Robert Rodriguez coat dress with wide black belt.

Emma Watson tried on an edgier aubergine Cushnie Et Ochs cut-out dress.
Olga Kurylenko kept it ladylike in a Nina Ricci burgundy lace dress.
Blake Lively glimmers in a sequined merlot Gucci dress.
Alexa Chung adds her spin to the trend in a leather Versus skirt with knitted polo neck top.
Diane Kruger opted for a strappy lace-up Versus tennis dress with pleated skirt.
Elettra Wiedemann adds some colourfully fun styling to her wine draped Rachel Roy dress.

Get With The Trend

A colour that looks good on anyone, there are so many affordable and engaging options out now in stores, which makes this trend an easily accessible one.

1. Fitted dress with pleated detailing and asymmetrical neckline. $59 Dorothy Perkins
2. Sangria shaded skater lace dress with box pleats and mid-length sleeves. $84.43 Asos
3. Te Amo cut-out peplum dress with collar £24.99 from
4. The ideal holiday party harness embellished dress £56 from
5. Short sleeved maroon dress with beaded collar by H&M £29.99
6. Get Blake Lively's look with this bordeaux sequin peplum dress $130 Topshop US
7. A more classic style puff sleeve sheath dress $79.90 by Zara
8. A vintage inspired frock with pretty frilled lace sleeves. £30

Have you found your perfect little burgundy dress yet?


Valentina Coco said...

amazing post!!
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fluff and fripperies said...

This is such a stunning colour Sam, I need some more of it in my wardrobe! xo

Fashion-Bridge said...

I'm absolutely obsessed with burgundy colour this season. And now looking at your post & picks dear Sam I'm overwhelmed. I want all that dresses!:)))On a catwalk I especially like Cloe and Rodarte. Re celebrities I think Emmanuelle Chriqui donned the best look



kirstyb said...

my have dress

Lilli said...

Hi Sam! I'm truly inspired by this post since I'm having a huge addiction for this color at them moment!^^ Love everything, your finds are great, I like especially the dress n.7 by Zara, too cool for winter! happy halloween dear! big hugs!:***

Bodil Huisman said...

Wauw, I really love the Haider Ackermann dress and the Peter Sorn design. Blake looks absolutely gorgeous in burgundy!!


Adeola Naomi said...

I am totally in love with this colour and great pictures and post dear!
Hope you are having a great week so far dear!
Cheers and take care!!!

Zoe Concepción said...

I'm totally into burgundy this fall, so thanks for these tips,love this color!!!that peplum sequin one is to die for.....
Have a nice hallowen dear!

Anonymous said...

I've also realised that the burgundy dress is a trend! love it! :)


Denise said...

Dear Sam! Oh, I have missed your posts! Thanks for your words! I am feeling better now - although up to yesterday I was still a bit weak. Right now I have some errands to run, and don't want to - but now I guess it's just being lazy :)
I must confess I lost a bit the will of posting things... it's a phase, may change soon.
I looobe burgundy, just on the weekend I bought a burgundy trenchcoat! Can't wait to wear it!
My favorite ones now were the L'Wren Scott dress - fabulous! - and the Nanette Lepore one!
I hope you are OK - I will write an email next week, promise!

Daniella said...

Hi Sam,

Wonderful post, I love this colour pallet right now. It's such a lovely rich colour and of course can look very chic. The designers have created some amazing looks with using this colour and as for your celebrity picks, I think Alexa Chung and Diane Kruger look incredible!! Really loved this post sweetie :)

Take care,

Daniella xox

The Golden Girls said...

Love all these dresses! So chic! Great post! xx The Golden Girls

The Chic Sheet said...

All these gals look gorgeous, but I really love Elettra's Rachel Roy dress! In fact, I really want to buy it. LOL


Chloë said...

I love the Borgondy style!
Thank you for the lovely comment !

Mina Masotina said...

I'm crazy about this color, and Blake Lively in Gucci is absolutely gorgeous, I love her style :) xoxo, Mina.
The Style Fever

Cathy said...

I continue to be obsessed with this color! I have purchased a couple of new pieces in this color for fall but have yet to grab a dress. The Dorothy Perkins dress is definitely an option for me!

Stefania said...

I love this trend!Great selection!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

These are beautiful dresses in a beautiful color. Loving that Haider Akermann dress the most. It's so different!

mochaccinoland said...

loving these dresses! burgundy is such a rich & beautiful colour!


Sandra Leiva said...

I love this colour! :)

Margaret Cruzemark said...

Uber trend. I love Alexa's look, so urban chic but yet so classy!
Best Regards
Miss Margaret Cruzemark

zhanna said...

I love burgundy it just looks so beautiful on everyone!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Hey Sam! I've always used this color in makeup (lipstick) and handbags but never fashion. I need to incorporate this color in my closet. I love that J Mendel dress and how they paired it with black tights. Also loving Alexa Chungs look. Fabulous!

Itchy Edgy said...

WoW!!!! Amazing post as always!!! Love Love Love Burgundy!!! My favorite dress Haider Ackerman! Have a great day! Xx

Maddie said...

I am just so in love with this color! Awesome post!

Tie Bow-tie said...

Hello Sam! Burgundy is amazing color, but I'm afraid it's become too popular!

Chris Ed said...

Hi Sam, burgundy items are really must have this fall. I don´t have a dress yet, but I have a bag, sweater and pants:)
Really great ideas and selection! My favourite Celebrity look is by Blake Lively and I love dress nr.7!
kisses chris

when BABI speaks said...

love the runway inspiration, totally must have this season! great post Sam! :-)


Milex said...

Demi Mist said...

I love this colour! I'm wearing it right now.
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Leslie said...

ahh! Burgundy in the fall is simply perfect. Love your selections especially that lace dress with the thre quarter sleeves.. just stunning!

Alessandra said...

I love this color!!!

Diana Marks said...

Burgundy is my favorite color this season! I see so many lovely dresses!
Happy Halloween!

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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Alexander Wang or Roksana Ilinic please - love the silhouettes on their pieces!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

sonia de macedo said...

I haven't found one yet, but I am sooo loving the burgundy love going around!


ronelle said...

Great post! I love burgundy and that there are so many different shades and tones. It's a great alternative to red. I've started with a great wine / burgundy lipstick while I look for that perfect piece to add to my wardrobe.

Kat said...

love burgundy!! def my fav color for fall!! its so beautiful :)

Sabrina said...

I really love this trend, especially since it's such a deep, rich classic color and oh-so-appropriate for fall and winter. Wonderful post, I really enjoyed looking at all these gorgeous dresses for future inspiration! :)


Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Great post Sam! You know I've been contemplating this trend - I'm not sure that I could pull it off as a redhead, what do you think?? I do love the colour, so cosy and autumnal.

Loving the style of Emily Blunt and Blake Lively especially - those dresses are to die for!!

Erin Edwards said...

We all know it is the color of the season, but to see it in so many different ways is very cool.


Josie said...

This is deff my fave colour, it's just so lovely! Obsessed with that McQ dress and I think Emma Watson's outfit is the best. That H&M dress is really cute too xxx

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Elena said...

Nice burgundy photo collection!

MOSAMUSE said...

blake lively looks great!!

Allison said...

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Lyosha said...

Burgundi is an amazing colour! I'm so glad it's trendy!

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Weronika. said...

burgundy <3

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Monika Ozdoba said...

Hello Dear! I like your blog so much! This is my first visit here but definitely not the last :) Would you like to follow each other? :)


Ember Drake said...

I am really loving the various shades of this colour for Fall/Winter - it has such a cosy and warming feel!

I especially liked Diane Kruger and Emily Blunt's takes on the look - and the vintage style dress in your picks is lovely too! :-)


Fashion Tales said...

That Topshop peplum is stunning. I've love this colour for years and now even more. Great inspiration and styles Sam. xx/Madison

Lilli said...

Hi dear! regarding what you asked me yday, nope unfortunatelly we don't celebrate it so much in Italy, but I love to see all the decorations and the treats around the web^^ hope you have a good day!!! hugs!!:*

Wiktoria said...

Lovely blog! Wanna follow each other? :)

Patricia Ayuso said...

love peplum and burgundy! amazing post, i really like it ;)

Antonella C'est moi said...



Francesca said...

Love Tommy Hilfiger's and J.Mendel's! Also love Malin Ackerman's! Great post, love the burgundy dresses!

Bravoe Runway said...

I have it found a perfect burgandy dress yet....I love the one as worn by Blake lively and the monochromatic look from Alexa chung

The Garage Starlets said...

In love with burgundy! Thanks for the great post!

nini said...

I love all of the picks and inspirations!!! but my favs are the H&M dress with the collar Im so digging the collars lately! also the J Mendell (so hot for burgundy :D)
by the way Sam , didnt get the change to dress up nor to celebrate halloween :( I passed out on my couch last night at 10pm *embarrassed* and I wanted to post! lol

Margherita Devalle e Marta Falcon said...

love this autumn color

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Ka MI said...

But not am surely inspired now! :)

Zahra Sandberg said...

Gorgeous! Love this color and i think its so popular because it really does flatter EVERYONE!

Great post as usual!


Helena Resende said...

I love this colour! :)

evi mili said...

great post!
love the asos dress!
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Teresa said...

YES! I found one in my head, because I just mixed all of the styles you featured here: peplum + lace + collar neck :) awww I'm craving one so bad right now, why you do this to me Sam???


the Martha from Malta diary said...

Red red red oh how I love you! I haven't found the right dress for this winter though :)
(reply) well actually beauty pageants are popular but everything here is very limited due to our small size. Opportunities are limited!

Marie Martell said...

Hey Sam!!! Hope your doing good! Sorry I've been MIA. Life and work have been nuts! but great :) Thanks for stopping by. Always nice to hear from you.

I absolutely LOVE this color, so beautiful and perfect for Fall.
xo Marie

Jayme and Mendi said...

I am so in love with burgundy!!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Jacy said...

I'm a little obsessed with burgundy right now and love the dramatic look it has in a dress! You did a fabulous job in this post featuring runway inspiration, celebrity inspiration and then showing "real life" versions. You definitely did your homework, which really shows! I'm loving Malin Akerman's and Blake Lively's look, and really like that Zara sheath dress.


Stephanie said...

Burgundy is a such a great color this season!

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

Burgundy is such a beautiful color but not one that I wear often (for no particular reason), but that DVF dress in the second set has held my attention for ever so long! xoxox

Well... said...

Oh man, I'm in love with this trend! I only have one burgundy dress and I use it a LOT :)

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two birds said...

i don't own anything this least i don't think i do. i might have to change that!

CutestPrincess said...

those are great collections ut i'm not a fan of burgundy...

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Borjana said...

Ohhh amazing!;)
You just can't do wrong,can you?;-)

Laura Go said...

I'm totally loving the burgundy/chianti trend. I haven't gotten a dress yet (but I will!)
♥ laura
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GlamFabChameleon said...

Wonderful, perfect burgundy inspiration Sam!! I'm so happy to have my croco fur jacket as a staple piece for this fall!:)

Danie said...

This is my favourite colour for fall, emma watson and alexa chung look amazing! Would you like to follow each other? Let me know! :-)

Danie B

Sootjeelina said...

I love this colour! I also love how Alexa's wearing it

xo Sootjeelina

Vannessa@Luxuria said...

This color always looks so rich and gorgeous against any skin tone. My fav look would have to be Emily Blunt :-)
TYSM for your lovely comments over at mine; you are such a doll.
Have a lovely weekend Sam xx

Anonymous said...

Not a colour of choice but after seeing all these different dresses, I will certainly be watching out for it when shopping next.


anna s said...

Great post! I'm starting thinking that this colour chasing me, I will take it into consideration during the next shopping. I like your style and will follow your blog.

Kind regards


Nee said...

i'm in love with burgundy too! it's such a beautiful color for fall:) i have a pullover in burgundy and i can't stop wearing it:)
have a great weekend & lots of love xx

Nicole said...

Without even noticing, my latest clothing items are a burgundy dress & skirt! Love the colour :)

Peacock said...

I wasn't sure about this color at the beginning of this season but now I just love it. I really like affordable version of burgundy dress from H&M.

Daria said...

great post :)
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Anonymous said...

I am in love with the colour and the dresses, though just cant seem to find the right one for me :(

Alessandra Mazzini said...

I love burgundy! The rodarte dress is so pretty !! Great post!

RBStyle said...

Great post! Love all the burgundy... The color of the season!
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