A Color By Any Other Name…

skinny jeans, business casual

…would still be as sweet? Or something.

“Oxblood” is a yucky name for a really gorgeous color. This is one of those chameleon hues that plays the part of a color in an otherwise neutral outfit, or acts almost as a neutral when paired with brighter colors. The fabric on these is a brushed twill, not denim, so might be an alternative for those of you who are in one of those “Business-Casual-but-NO-JEANS” workplaces.


leather wrap bracelet, big watch

This is one of the few colors still remaining in my wardrobe because it’s so versatile. Here you can see how it looks in direct sunlight…

ankle boots, colored jeans

Jeans: NYDJ Alina skinnies in Oxblood (other colors also available) / Cardigan: Eileen Fisher, no longer available, similar / Tank: Eileen Fisher / Boots: Gentle Souls / Earrings: Argento Vivo / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: Stella & Dot here and here.

Do you have favorite “chameleon” colors in your wardrobe? If you were put in charge of naming this color, what would you call it?

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9 Responses to “A Color By Any Other Name…”

  1. Claire

    Good call. I find that name so distasteful it could put me off buying something. Cinnamon or rust maybe? Mmmm, I would easily buy something cinnamon – actually I think my last hair color was called Cinnamon Stick. 🙂

    I’d say my favorite chameleon colors are the olive greens. I adore them and never feel like I have enough in my wardrobe!

    • Cynthia

      The name “rust” is actually taken by another color, though.

      I used to have a colored pencil this color that was called Tuscan Red.

  2. Melanie

    At least they didn’t call this colour something even more hideous. For that I’m thankful. I like the suggestions above. Or how about Pterocarpus soyauxii, so easy to read and pronounce. It’s a kind of African Padauk, another splendid name. (No, I had to look them up but I knew there was a hardwood in a color like this.)

  3. coffeeaddict

    my go to neutral / chameleon colour is navy, it goes wonderfully with jewel tones as a neutral and can work wonders on its own paired with sand beige or black. Brown works too, but not my colour.

    Oxblood sounds too vicious 🙁 let’s call it something romantic like autumn leaves or Roiboos

  4. Hetty

    I like the name Oxblood. A nice alternative is Burnt Red. It’s a very earthy hue. I find khaki green is my favorite neutral/color.