Outfit Formula: A Bit of Light Purple

Light purple tints and tones can be more pink or more blue, so take your pick. They can be worn as a solid, in a pattern, as an accessory, and in the form of make-up, lipstick and nail polish. Make a statement with light purple, or wear it as an accent. Wear it close to your face, or away from it. 

Here are some outfit ideas that incorporate bits of light purple for Spring, a cool Summer, or transitional weather.

1. Patterned Dress or Skirt

Patterns can incorporate bit or a lot of light purple. This dress incorporates a bit of light purple, and it’s a very pink purple too. Or choose a patterned dress that has a larger component of light purple, and a less pink purple. Add footwear, a bag, and you’re good to go. Here, the black sandals bookend the models’s black hair, and pick up the small components of black in the pattern.

Patterned Dress or Skirt

2. Solid with Neutrals

Think of any way at all to incorporate solid light purple into an outfit. Think jackets, coats, blouses, shirts, dresses, skirts, sweaters, knitted tops, sweatshirts, tees, pants, jeans, shoes, hats, eyewear, and bags. Add them to solid neutrals like black, white, grey, and denim blue. Rainbow purple hair is fab too.

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Here is an easy way to wear a solid light purple jacket. Combine a pair of black bottoms with a white top that works with them. Choose a silhouette of black bottoms that is to your taste. No need to wear shorts. Top the lot off with a light purple jacket or coat. Finish of the look with black, white, or light purple footwear, and a bag to match. Here, the black bottoms of the model effectively match her hair.

Solid with Neutrals

If you prefer a less solid look, add a patterned light purple scarf to the outfit. Tie it around your neck, your bag, or sport it in your hair. A client of mine likes to tie pretty soft scarves around her low ponytail. She adds hoop earrings and looks fabulous.

3. Patterned Top and Jeans

Combine a lilac patterned top with a pair of blue or white jeans. Add shoes and a bag that work with the outfit. Here a lilac patterned top is paired with blue jeans. The white in the pattern could make it work with white jeans too. The model wears cognac boots that pick up a similar colour in the top. I can see white shoes work well too.

Patterned Top and Jeans

4. Heathered and Floral

Last, a greyed light purple sweater is combined with a floral patterned skirt which has light purple in it too. The slouchy sweater is semi-tucked to showcase a bit of waistline for structure. The denim jacket is optional. It’s short, which works particularly well with skirts. The light denim wash works well with the pastel integrity of the outfit. A white complement of sneakers, bag, and sunnies also works well with the pastel integrity of the look. Nice bling necklace too.

Heathered and Floral

Trend: Crochet

Crocheted items are having their fashion moment, and are especially suitable for Spring and Summer. The vibe screams the ‘70s, and has a bohemian integrity. Because the ‘90s were influenced by the ‘70s, crochet looks remind me of that decade too. You’ll see crochet tops, pants, skirts, shorts, dresses, shoes, swimwear, swimwear cover-ups, and accessories across all sorts of colours. You’ll also see crochet used as a trim on clothing. Earth-toned and cream crochet items are especially popular. Some crochet items have a distinctive Missoni vibe.

This collection shows an assortment of crochet items.

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Crochet Tank
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Crochet Vest
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CROCHET STRAIGHT SKIRT
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CROCHETED CROP SWEATER
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SEMI-SHEER CROCHET TOP
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STRIPED KNIT TOP
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CROCHET SWEATER
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CROCHET MINI SHOPPER
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FLORAL CROCHET TOP
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CROCHET TOP
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CROCHET SWEATER
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CROCHET CARDIGAN
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CROCHET SWEATER
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Crochet Knit Dress
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Crochet Pants
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Openwork Cotton Shirt
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Crochet Bucket Hat
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Alexis Legends Dress
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ByTiMo Crochet Top
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Clare V. Sandy Tote
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The crochet trend is mainstream. The weaves can be loose or tight, and gauges refined or chunky. The vibe is casual, although some items look a little dressier. Crochet items can be very breezy and see-through, while others are more covered. Sneakers and Birkenstock-esque slides with a crochet overlay are an interesting 2022 hybrid. Items with a crochet trim are a subtle way to wear the trend.

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I’ve worn crochet in the past, and will wear it again. I particularly like the prettier open-weave pullovers and dresses that look a bit like lace. A couple of years ago, I got a multi-coloured, and very ‘70s crochet dress with a Missoni vibe. I absolutely LOVE this dress and wear it quite often. It’s made up of many of my happy colours, and feels casually glam and luxe. It has unfortunately grown from a midi to maxi length because it stretched vertically after laundering. I preferred it shorter and cannot hem it. Oh, well. I’ve committed to the longer length because I love the dress so much. Now I have a casual maxi dress in my wardrobe, which makes it more ‘70s, I guess!

Over to you. What do you think of the crochet trend?

Team Cobalt or Team Navy

All sorts of blues are having their fashionable moment, and this week’s poll asks you to choose between two of them. You are on Team Cobalt if you prefer cobalt to navy, and vice versa. Cobalt is a bright blue. It’s lighter and more vivid than navy, which is a very dark blue. Navy is considered a fashion neutral, and some navies are almost black. Cobalt can be a superhero colour, and some versions are more electric than others. Navy and cobalt are used as background colours in patterns too.

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I’ve worn a smattering of bright cobalt over the years. It’s not a blue I gravitate to, but I do enjoy wearing it from time to time. At this point I have zero cobalt in my wardrobe. I love navy, on the other hand, and have quite a lot of it in my wardrobe. It’s the dark neutral in my style, and ‘my black’. I bat for Team Navy.

Over to you. Do you bat for Team Cobalt or Team Navy? Tell us why and no batting for both teams. You’re benched if you can’t pick a side, or like neither blue. I’m serving the very best vegetarian samosas from Durban, with dhal curry, naan, and a salad on the bench. Fresh mangos for dessert.

Roundups

Simpler Items

This week's list of top picks list is about basic pieces.

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Assorted Items

Items for Summer, both in and out of air conditioning.

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Casual Summer Vibes

This week's top picks are good for a casual Summer vibe.

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Summery Earth Tones

These items are for those who like to wear casual earth tones in warm and hot weather.

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Hints of Spring

Some tried-and-tested winning items to refresh your style for Spring.

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Dressier Items

An assortment of dressier top picks might be just what the doctor ordered.

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Link Love: Beating the Wet-Weather Blahs

If you’re in a part of the world where it’s quite rainy at the moment, these three links are for you:

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Elegantly Punchy in Hot Pink

A new outfit from Susanne Ackstaller of Texterella, whom we introduced to YLF in October 2019.

An elegant and dressy Spring look that packs a punch and a half. Susanne is sporting wide-legged trousers and a long-sleeved blouse with large-scale floral print. The hot pink trousers are a statement piece that is matched by the exuberance of the vivid floral pattern. A subtle ruffle on the neckline and sleeves adds some textural interest. The hot pink is repeated in the top, while the tomato red pops back up in our blogger’s heeled thong sandals. These lengthen the leg line and peek out cheerily from under Susanne’s beautiful drapey pants. Modern statement red specs and red lipstick tie the entire look together. Finally, Susanne’s sublime short blunt bob adds even more pizzazz.

* Photos by Martina Klein Fotografie, Berlin

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