Most people associate me with wearing bold floral prints. It makes perfect sense as, after all, I am a big advocator of adding color to my life.
But sometimes, I like to go to the dark side. And that doesn’t instantly mean grabbing the nearest little black dress (actually, that can be pretty complicated in my closet).
For quite some time now, I’ve been a big fan of moody oxblood, a rich, wine-infused shade that’s dark, luscious, and wonderfully chic for the crisp fall season.
For a weekend at the Henry Norman Hotel in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, I wore a Victorian-meets-1920s oxblood dress that I’ve had for years. Most people think it’s vintage, but would you believe I actually found this back in college at Forever 21? I was young and broke, so the retailer helped me at the time feel fashionable. These days, I prefer thrifting, but I still to my modern classics, like this dress.
As expected, this dress is no longer available at Forever 21, but here are some authentic vintage picks I really like:
- Sheer Oxblood Dress (extra small) $102.40, Etsy.com
- 1970s Edwardian-Inspired Oxblood Dress (looks like a small, but please note measurements) $120, Etsy.com
- 1980s Velvet Oxblood Dress (size medium) $38, Etsy.com
- 1970s Oxblood Peasant Dress (size large) $52, Etsy.com
If black is your go-to color, shake things up this autumn by falling for oxblood (see what I did there)? It’s a runway-ready hue that flatters everyone and it’s a great way to brighten up your wardrobe just a tad bit.
As for the Henry Norman Hotel? It was delightful? Imagine having an entire apartment all to yourself. That’s what one of the rooms felt like.
Tell me, what do you think of oxblood?