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Earlier this season, it seemed like brown was the new black as far as leather was concerned, but things can change overnight, especially in fashion, and now it appears to be time to pass the wine. For the last couple of months, in the world of fashion, it seems like it’s always wine-thirty. From what I am seeing, wine or burgundy is the new black.
This gorgeous color goes by many names: wine, burgundy, ox-blood or maroon, but whatever you chose to call it, this color is everywhere in fashion for women, and now the men are getting into it. Wine-colored leather goods are showing up on store racks and magazine pages in place of the traditional black or brown leather. I admit most of my leather is black or brown, but I think this shade is stunning, and it always catches my eye. I also have to confess I have always thought of wine as a leather color option better suited for females. My reason for hesitation has always been that a pair of shoes will need a matching purse and so on. I do like the idea of men embracing this color, so in addition to re-thinking it for myself, I see wine leather in a whole new light.
If you take a few tips from clever stylists for both men’s and women’s magazines, and check out some male fashion trendsetters, it’s easy to see that wine leather is very versatile and looks great with most fabrics, especially denim. Don’t forget to mix things up when it comes to shoes, belts, and other leather items. It may feel strange at first, but consider a black shoe with a burgundy belt and vice versa.
There is no denying wine can be a good-looking alternative to black and brown leather, but I suggest you might want to pass on it when you’re putting together an outfit for traditional business or formal wear. Wine leather will definitely work with gray, brown, and of course a wine-colored suit if you dare, but it would probably be best if you save this fabulous color for after you ace the job interview, or when you change out of your black suit or tuxedo.
Definitely keep your eye out for all types of leather to work this trend. Check out patent, suede, and calfhair or hide in wine.