The last few years we have seen many Purple hues in the collections of all the top designers, and a purple hue has featured in nearly all the Pantone Top Colour reports for the past 6 years. In 2018, Pantone declared Colour of the Year Ultra Violet Purple. Galactic, Spiritual, Royal and Optimistic, it's a colour that can be worn across all seasons, velvets and satins for winter, and incorporated in your florals for Summer. Many are still intimidated by purple though and find if difficult to wear. If you're wondering what to wear with purple, confidence and the correct colour combining is key. You can can pick the intensity, and quantity of Purple that your choose to add. Mix it correctly and you will find purple is super easy to wear.
Here are my style tips on how to filter Purple hues into your outfits in all seasons:
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Purple is the colour most often associated with royalty, magic, mystery and piety.
A rich jewel deep purple flatters everyone from dark skin tones to fairer skin. Pretty much all Jewel Tones work with each other, so deep Jewel Purples work perfect with Navy, Silver, Gold, Emerald, Sapphire...
Regal Purples are among the most popular colours you can wear for ultimate sophistication, Spring, Summer, Autumn or winter.Fact
Darker regal purples like this Orchid are sophisticated for weddings in any season, but for Spring and Summer, they work best paired with a complimenting bright or white.
This colour combo of Orchid and Dark Pink Coral / Watermelon is bright and fruity, and not a combo most would first think of. So you probably won't find yourself wearing the same outfit as another guest, but will instead surprise them with your creative use of colour.
If you want advice on what colours compliment each other best, then the best person to ask is Mother Nature. She always gives an honest answer and never get's in wrong.
Fuchsia's of the most common varieties (Tom Thumb etc) are exactly this colour combo of Fuchsia and Ultra Violet Purple, and no one can argue they are not perfect for each other.
The Headpiece / Hat illustrated with this outfit above is: Etsy. Click Here for Headpiece.
The Dress is: Badgley Mischka. Click to see Dress.
Eyeshadow Duo: Stila. Click for Eyeshadow.
Lipstick: Lancome. Click for Lippy.
Shoes: Moda in Pelle. Click for Shoes (UK).
Bag: Diana Ulanova. Click for Bag.
Nail Varnish: ILNP. Click for Nail Varnish.
The Headpiece / Hat illustrated with the outfit is: Anna Andrienko. Click Here for Headpiece (International).
Dress: Damsel in a Dress. Click for Dress (UK).
Eyeshadow: Charlotte Tilbury. Click for Eyeshadow (UK).
Lipstick: Guerlain. Click for Lipstick (UK).
Bag: Diana Ulanova. Click for Bag (International).
Shoes: Ted Baker. Click for Shoes (UK) or for Ted Baker in the USA
Nail Varnish: Essie. Click for Nail Varnish.
This flattering hue is soft enough to work on any complexion but vivid enough to brighten features.
Violet works perfectly with neutrals, so it is ideal with your Nude Shoes or handbags already in the closet. This hue is also great paired with deeper Purples for those that don't want more dimensions to their outfit than all over pastels.
There is an Orange for every season. You will see Orange in Nature in some form all year round, and is a favourite for Autumn in the less flo hues. Orange pairs well and is fun with Deep Purples.
Pairing these colours embraces Autumn, with the Orange still hanging on to Summer. Full of prep and spontaneity, this colour combo is the perfect mix of cool and warm.
Orange and Purple Eggplant / Aubergine are a style favourite when it comes to contrasting combinations. Visually appealing, the two dynamic shades create a bold and chic look when paired together. The deep rich tones of Aubergine give it just the right amount of contrast to ensure the outfit is not too striking.
The Jumpsuit is: Trina Turk Click for Jumpsuit.
Felt Beret: Etsy. Click for Beret.
The Clutch Bag is: Jerome Dreyfuss. Click to see Bag
Earrings: Etsy. Click for Earrings.
Shoes: Paul Andrew. Click to see Shoes.
Nail Varnish: Nails Inc. Click for Nail Varnish.
Eyesahow Set: Clinique Going Steady. Click to see Eye Quartet.
Graphic Floral Print dresses are always on trend. Floral dresses are the essence of feminine charm. Pantones Ultra Violet is a colour that you will find in 100’s of Floral prints. If you aren’t ready to wear this vibrant tone on it’s own, then a floral print is perfect. You can then select accessories in the Ultra Violet colour to wear with the outfit.
Remember: If choosing florals or other highly graphic prints, then select accessories in single colour (UNLESS like in the outfit below, the Hat and dress are a spot on perfect match for each other, as if they are a continuation of each other). Don’t try wearing a busy, multi-coloured statement hat, and a non matching graphic or floral print. A busy hat + a busy non matching dress looks messy and complicated. If you must wear the biggest, multi-coloured, statement hat for Royal Ascot or Kentucky Derby, and cant find the perfect floral combination in a dress, then wear it with a simple monotone or nude dress.
The Hatinator is on Etsy. Click Here for Hatinator.
Dress: Marchesa Notte. Click for Dress.
Eyeshadow: Stila. Click for Eyeshadow.
Lipstick: Mac. Click for Lippy.
Bag: Cult Gaia. Click for Bag.
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik. Click for Shoes.
Nail Varnish: Deborah Lippmann. Click for Nail Polish.
Purple accessories liven up any outfit. If you’re not into purple clothes, make a statement, adding purple accessories to your neutral outfits for noticeable flair. See the Purple boots add energy to the Tan pleated skirt in the below outfit example.
For Spring / Summer weddings or a day at the races, wear with a harmonising colour - like the Yellow in the example below. The Purple pops out, yet it harmonizes well with the outfit.
Teal Dress: Reiss. Click for Dress
The Mule Shoes: Paris Texas. Click for Shoes.
Pleated Skirt: Reiss. Click for Skirt.
Velvet Boots: Roberto Festa. Click for Boots.
Lime Dress: Dries Van Norten. Click for Lime dress.
Purple Top Handle Bag: Amazon. Click for Bag.
Yellow T-Top: Seventy. Click for Yellow Top.
Purple Shoulder Bag: J.W Anderson. Click for Bag.
Below is a Gallery of other Internet Finds for adding this Regal Hue to your wardrobe.