If you are paying any attention at all to fashion trends, you know that oxblood is a
huge HUGE fall trend for the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a great colour, but can it be worn for Spring time in the Southern Hemisphere? That’s the million dollar question really. How do you take the trends you see happening in the opposite season and make them work for you? Can it even be done?
After all, it seems to be a colour that naturally lends itself to Autumn. How could it be right for Spring?
Head to toe oxblood is perfect for Autumn in the North but for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere where the sun is warming up the day, more skin is on display and skirts are flowing and frilly, the way to embrace the oxblood trend is to use it as an accent. And what more perfect way to do so than with accessories. How about investing in an oxblood handbag that you can use lightly in the warmer months and continue to use right on through the colder months of 2013!
How to Wear Oxblood for Spring: This is clearly the most obvious way to incorporate oxblood into a Spring wardrobe, pair it with pink! What I like about this pairing is that the oxblood keeps the pink from becoming too girlie by grounding the look with a little sophistication. The pale pink top and pants look great with the oxblood belt and shoes but need a handbag to finish off the look. I think a great clutch like this Biba Ruby Clutch from House of Fraser is a fantastic option. It’s a bag you will get a lot of use from with the coming holiday season and even November’s Spring Racing Carnival.
Perfect for Spring Racing & Oaks Day: Everyone knows Oaks Day is also known as Ladies Day at the races. This is the day when all the fillies are out and I think this Alice & Olivia dress would be perfect with this Karen Millen handbag also from House of Fraser. How perfectly ladylike and race appropriate would you be in this girlie dress and fantastic handbag? If I weren’t going to be in Spain this year for the Carnival, this would be in my wardrobe awaiting race day.
Classic Chic: I love this look for Spring! It has layers for the changing temps seen throughout a Spring day. There is a classic crisp white button-down shirt, a well fitted pencil skirt in the en trend stripe, one of my favourite items – a cardigan and the addition of this East Flap Over Bag keeps the classic, casual and yet chic look happening. I want this look. All of it!
Spring Boho: Another fantastic Spring look that would be hard to not lust after. The standard boho chic look of a white t-shirt and worn cut-offs but with a touch of chic in the palest pink blazer. Add the boho oxblood hat and the Radley Barnsbury Hobo bag and you are ready for A Day on the Green, a day at the vineyards, or a day in the city shopping and lunching.
You will have noticed that the spring colours I worked with, pink, white, tans are all over the shops now, so you have lots of choice for mixing and by adding a little touch of oxblood you can keep it chic and sophisticated. Another combination that is hot right now for spring and works well with oxblood is to build a look in pink and grey then accent with oxblood…simply lovely.
I opted to use bags all found from House of Fraser because they have a great selection in oxblood at the moment, at various prices. Plus they ship internationally, which means I can find a great bag at a good price and have it delivered to my door! I’m sure I will be finding little ways to get into the colour trend of oxblood because YES! It is right for Spring!
What do you think? Is this a colour you will be using? Do you think it works for Spring as well as Autumn?
- Oxblood Is the New Black (alltheprettiestthingsblog.wordpress.com)
- Mixing with Oxblood (feastfulife.wordpress.com)
- Fall Fashion: Oxblood – All the Rage (sundaysandscarves.wordpress.com)
- Would You Wear… Head-to-Toe Oxblood? (collegefashion.net)