The Darker Side of Red

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Red is my colour

Always has been, probably always will. And by ‘my colour’ I mean that I like it, and it looks good on me. Well, most shades of red suit me, anyway. However, I usually go for either fuchsia or tomato red.

But it’s only since the past few years that I’ve been experimenting with the darker shades of red. And therefore you’ve seen me wear lots of plum and berry tones, over and over again. However, these are ‘safe’ colours, in a way, as they’re blue-red, and I know they’re flattering on my skin tone. Yet, I’m getting a bit bored with my blue-red comfort zone…

So, I’ve been experimenting with something a bit more unusual (for me, that is). And this is how burgundy has been working its way into my wardrobe, slowly but consistently. And yes, this is a major step outside of my comfort zone.

You see, for most of my life I’ve been avoiding anything ‘brownish’ like the plague, thinking that these colours are either dull or make me look sickly. And this is why burgundy has been on my no-no list. Until now.

Sure, I’ve had weird colour crushes before (the hot pink faux fur coat and lime green tunic in my twenties come to mind… No, there are no pictures). So, I guess it was just a matter of time something ‘brownish’ would end up on my ‘experimental outfit’s list. But the more I look at the pictures of myself wearing something burgundy, the more I think that this particular colour crush has the potential to turn into a passionate, life-long love affair.

Now, I’m old enough to know when I crave a particular colour just for the sake of novelty. And I’m smart enough to avoid spending too much money on clothes in weird colours because I know that the crush of the moment, like all crushes, will eventually pass.

However, now it’s beginning to look as if I’m on a burgundy spending spree: not content buying cheap and cheerful t-shirts but items with more longevity, such as a poncho or the  knitted top you see here. But when I start fantasizing about a burgundy bag, that’s when I know that this colour is for keeps…

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Outfit details:

top: All Saints / trousers: Marks and Spencer (old) / bag: Coach /

scarf: Marja Kurki (old) sunglasses: Marc Jacobs (old) / shoes: Ten Points

Do you have colour crushes?


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  1. Emma Peach
    5 February 2018 / 1:41 pm

    This colour really suits you and it looks great mixed with the pink, purple and red in your accessories. For years I avoided burgundy because it was part of my school uniform but now I really like it. Thanks for linking up!Emma

    • Tiina L
      7 February 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Thanks, Emma. I've admired burgundy on other people for years, but I used to think it was too dark or too brown for me. Oh well, live and learn…

  2. Jill James
    6 February 2018 / 9:30 am

    Burgundy suits you beautifully Tiina, I can see why its becoming a favourite.Funny isn't it how we avoid colours for me its green mostly but I enjoy chartreuse on me.

    • Tiina L
      7 February 2018 / 4:00 pm

      Well sometimes there's a good reason to avoid a particular colour, of course, but it's good to experiment a bit. Thanks, Jill.

  3. jodie filogomo
    6 February 2018 / 3:33 pm

    I definitely go through spurts of certain colors!! And this darker red looks fabulous on you!!Thanks for joining the Ageless style Link up!!

    • Tiina L
      7 February 2018 / 4:01 pm

      Thanks, Jodie. Yes, colour crushes, they hit you out of the blue. I've had some really weird crushes. But luckily I keep getting back to old favourites, eventually.

  4. Shweta Shah
    8 February 2018 / 9:18 am

    This is really cool color and looks good on you.Follow for follow? Please let me know on my blog. Good day 🙂

  5. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    9 February 2018 / 7:10 am

    I love the detailing on the arms and the dark burgundy looks great on you!! x

  6. Anastasia Burmistrova
    12 February 2018 / 2:59 pm


  7. Jennie L.
    12 February 2018 / 3:23 pm

    This deeper red looks wonderful on you and I like it paired with the brown trousers! The button detail on the sleeves is a nice touch. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!Jennie – A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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