How to wear burgundy and olive together

Fall outfit with burgundy top and olive jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Burgundy top fall outfit with camel sweater blazer and olive jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Camel sweater blazer, burgundy top, olive skinny jeans, black ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Camel sweater blazer outfit with burgundy top — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
How to wear burgundy and olive together — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I tend to shy away from wearing any sort of red and green color combination because it can go very Christmassy very quickly. I usually wouldn’t wear burgundy and olive together for that reason, even though those are two of my favorite colors to wear in the fall. Even though those colors are more muted than your typical Christmas color palette, I wanted to figure out a way to wear them together without feeling like a Christmas elf in October.

The key to making a burgundy and olive look work, in my opinion, is to incorporate another color in a third piece. You know it’s often suggested to wear a “third piece” to finish a look? My third piece—the sweater blazer, in this case—is a light camel. If I had left the outfit be without another layer in a different color, it would have felt too overwhelming.

I also think the printed top helps to tone things down. A solid burgundy and olive look would likely feel like too much (that said, I’m tempted to wear my green sweater with my burgundy pants…). My exact top is old, but I included a widget below with a bunch of other printed burgundy tops. I kept the rest of my look grounded with black ankle boots, and the cuffs on the sweater blazer are mimicked in the cuffs on my jeans. Even though I’m happy with how this outfit turned out, I think I would have preferred a more fitted top, since I think fitted tops look best under an open blazer or cardigan. The skinny jeans help to balance out the more voluminous top.

How do you feel about wearing burgundy and olive together? Too Christmassy, or perfect for fall?


J.Crew blazer / exact
Madewell top / old; similar options below (last seen here)
Madewell jeans / similar by Paige or KUT from the Kloth
Madewell boots / old; similar
Madewell earrings / old; similar by Banana Republic
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact