Purple is an extremely popular colour with my friends and clients. For many of them, purple is their favourite colour, and they wear many tones of it with panache. Lilac and lavender have fast become Spring and Summer favourites, while richer shades and tones reign supreme for Autumn and Winter. Purples are less available at retail at the moment because earth tones are taking centre stage. But you’ll find purple every season, simply because it sells well.
I don’t bat for Team Purple, but fully support those who feel fab in the colour. I love it when people wear their happy colours, and the joy exudes from their confident swagger.
Here’s some outfit inspiration.
Wear a purple dress or two-piece dress in a solid or pattern. Add footwear and bag that work with the pattern, or throw in something deliciously jarring like green or red. Here, ivory sandals and bag pick up the white in the pattern. Black would work too. And so would pumps, ballet flats or boots instead of sandals. Throw a coat over the top and you’re done.
2. Layers of Eggplant
I like outfits that are the same non-neutral from head to toe, like this one would have been if the top were a similar solid shade of eggplant instead of a pattern. That said, the purple patterned top works well and packs a punch. But my favourite part is how the coat, pants and boots match in the same shade of eggplant. Rich, yummy and different.
3. Remixed with Earth Tones
It’s on-trend to wear earth tones, AND to remix them with any palette. Enter purple. Combine a solid or checked pair of earthy pants with an earthy pullover and brown footwear to match. Throw over a purple topper because, why not? Jarring to some, but fab to others. Personally, I like the unexpected pairing. Sub the pants for a skirt if that’s more your thing. The refined mules look pretty with the pleated ankle pants. If you like, add a scarf in purple and earth tones to pull things together.
4. Topped Over a Column with Orange
And last, create a column of black or dark blue with separates or a dress. Add hosiery and boots to match. Throw over that purple coat with a pair of gloves in an unexpected pattern or colour. The orange fingerless gloves here are a playful touch. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.