Over the past few years, burgundy has become nothing less than a staple menswear color. The combination of its approachability, versatility and sophistication has helped secure its place in the stylish modern man's wardrobe. And while it has appeared throughout the range of men's clothing—from sweaters to trousers to shoes and even full suits—it can often make its biggest and most stylishly subtle impact as an accent to a well-tailored and put together look.
Because of burgundy's versatility, it pairs well with just about anything, especially the colors that form the foundation of most men's wardrobes, including black, navy, gray and brown. As an alternative to a standard and bold red accent color, burgundy projects confidence, maturity and a certain sartorial sophistication.
For men who may be hesitant to add a splash of color to their repertoire, burgundy can be a gateway. It's muted, subtle and totally masculine. Hell, a slightly more brownish and purple variant of burgundy is called oxblood. It doesn't get more masculine than that.
In terms of accenting an outfit, a simple and stylish way to do so is through a tie, pocket square and sock combination. When choosing these accessories, always avoid matching them exactly, especially when it comes to the first two; nothing says "style novice" more than a perfectly matched tie and pocket square. Instead, choose pieces that complement each other as well as the look as a whole. Great accessories will not only accent a look but will actually pull it together into something extremely cohesive. The devil is in the details. A great outfit will make an impact from a distance but will also reward closer inspection.
Featured in the above gallery (Photography by Rob McIver): Brown peak lapel suit by Alton Lane; Cream dress shirt by Alton Lane; Burgundy pin dot tie by The Tie Bar; Vintage silk patterned burgundy pocket square; Vintage gold tie bar; Gold-tone watch by Citizen Eco Drive; Sunglasses by Ray-Ban; Burgundy socks by Reiss; Brown leather dress shoes by Allen Edmonds.
Brian Sacawa is the Founder and Creative Director of the men's style blog, He Spoke Style. He Spoke Style is men's style, inspiration, grooming, tips, advice, and a resource for real guys interested in developing a menswear collection or refining their personal style.