It’s officially the season to ‘eat, drink and be merry’. And the fashion world has taken the festive phrase literally, with heady shades of cranberry, claret and (hiccup) sherry.
Rich berry tones have overtaken Santa red as the colour palette of the festive period.
These opulent yet versatile hues can be worn solo as an alternative to black, or paired with either prints or block colours. Go tone-on-tone if you dare for maximum impact.
“Burgundy, Claret, Bordeaux... Whatever you call it, the colour of the season is full-bodied with berry notes,” says Sandy Verdon, creative director of Hobbs.
If in doubt, visit a vintage wine cellar for wardrobe inspiration. Best of all, these boozy hues are hangover-free.
A winter coat in a berry hue will instantly revive your winter wardrobe. Make it an uber-cosy one with Linea Weekend’s blanket coat, £170 (currently reduced to £85), from House of Fraser in Meadowhall.
Berry red has instant party appeal in textures like velvet or jacquard. Demonstrate your love of the shade with Lavish Alice’s deep wine velvet heart cut-out skater dress, £32 (www.lavishalice.com).
If you’re seeking a freshly-squeezed top-to-toe look, head for Hobbs in Meadowhall. The top notch chain is bang on the berry trend. Try the Corby burgundy coat, £299 (currently reduced to £229); Caravaggio floral blouse, £110 (currently reduced to £66); Chloe burgundy leather skirt, £249; and Iris burgundy boots, £279 (currently £139).
Victoria Beckham’s autumn/winter catwalk was a masterclass in sporty elegance. She favoured the rich, deep wine tones. Get the look of her designer contrast collar dress at a snip of the price with Internacionale’s stripe panel number, £19.99 (0141 522 2020).
With jacquard patterning, embellishment detailing and a shiny patent belt, Closet’s jewel flared frock is the ultimate in berry opulence for party dressing, £50 (www.closetclothing.com).
Just when we’d got our heads around black leather tops, skirts and dresses, along comes the new must-have oxblood shade. Embrace the trend with Per Una Speziale’s leather peplum top, £129 (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com).
If you’re not convinced about the merits of maroon, give an outfit just a splash of wine colouring with this H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams dark red mock snakeskin envelope clutch, £25 (currently reduced to £20) (08445 616161/www.debenhams.com).
Bored of jeans? Give your legs a berry good update with New Look’s slim-leg Bengaline trousers, £22.99 (0500 454 094/www.newlook.com).
Warm up dark winter nights with Coast’s Kyra rich wine-hued coat with a hint of luxurious cashmere, £220 (www.coast-stores.com).
Top cap courts are hot property on the shoe shelves but, in a berry hue, Pied A Terre’s Alford heels are even more desirable, £150 (0207 258 3605/www.piedaterre.com).