Burgundy is red hot right now. Okay, well it’s in the red family at least, and it is certainly having a moment in the sun - and in the show ring.
Just about every clothing line has at least an offering or two in the luscious shade and it’s making a serious impact in the jumper arena. Sorry hunters, it’s not on the approved list of coat colors, but the fervor for this hue has been so intense, there have even been grumblings to petition for a rules change. Which just goes to show, even in the horse world: Fashion is life, people. Fashion is life.
So just what is it about this color that is causing such a frenzy? Well, first off, Burgundy is one of those shades that just works - no matter what your coloring or your horse’s it’s flattering on nearly everyone. It’s the perfect shade to make a statement without going too far. It’s bold, yet still somewhat conservative and makes for a fun departure from the uber-conservative navy and black that dominate the equestrian scene. Also, and this point should not be overlooked, it’s the color of wine. So seriously, what’s not to love?
If you haven’t already added a splash of rouge to your wardrobe, we’ve put together a little “best of burgundy” list to help you get started on the dangerous dip into this color obsession.
Animo is embracing burgundy in a big way with nearly a dozen of their current pieces available in the shade which they are calling ‘Amaranto’. It’s a really deep shade of burgundy that looks beautiful in everything from breeches to show shirts. We particularly love the look of the Lud Show Coat, with contoured seams and hidden zippered pockets, it has a distinctly feminine look.
Stay on trend even when you’re schooling at home with the Callidae polo in Bloodstone. The pique cotton fabric of this shirt is so soft and stretchy; it feels and looks like burgundy bliss. Oh, and might we suggest pairing it with their C Breech in black, with just a pop of burgundy at the knee patch?
The Motion Lite Jacket by Allesandro Albanese has been a total hit in the show ring this season. The ingenious use of ultra-light mesh fabric, that looks completely opaque when on, is nothing short of a game changer if you show in warm weather. Sport this gem in their Primatova color and you can rock the hottest shade while staying oh so cool.
Why should the top half of you have all the fun? Pro Horse brings this beautiful Bordeaux shade to their breeches. With loads of features from fashionable to functional, the Jem breech nails it with details like Swarovski crystal back buttons and extra long front pockets to accommodate your smartphone.
The final coat to top off our list is the Pandora Jacket by Miasuki. This is definitely both a statement and investment piece sure to make you stand out in any company. The detailing and the craftsmanship are top notch and they’ve dubbed the color, Amarone, a nod to the equally lush Italian wine.
The crisp white collar and cuffs of the long sleeve Amelie Shirt set off the brilliant shade of Burgundy to create a bold yet elegant look for the show ring. Made from soft stretchy technical fabric, don’t let the look fool you; this classy red shirt was made to perform and help you bring home some blues.
Noticing a trend with these wine-inspired color names? It’s true, we equestrians do love our vino. So cheers to Burgundy! We have a feeling this is just the start of the beautiful romance with this sumptuous shade and we’ll gladly raise a glass.