Purple is a colour that combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The colour purple is associated with extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.
I knew there was a reason why I liked it.
I love colour, anyone that knows me knows I have to have colour around me, and that of course extends to fashion. Now more than ever, in my mid-life I love colour. Not only does it make me feel incredible, it also lifts my mood. One colour that I think looks incredible on most people is purple – just get the right shade for your skin tone and you are good to go.
I know it’s a colour that many don’t go for, and I just don’t get that, because it’s absolutely stunning. Last winter I saw a women with a deep purple wool tailored longline coat. She looked incredible. She was in all black, leather pants (vegan), black polo-neck sweater topped off with the coat. I was awestruck, she looked sensational. I vowed from then on, I need to add a bit more purple to my wardrobe.
If block colour isn’t your thing and you’d rather have a pop of purple you can opt for a floral with purple in it. There are so many dresses at the moment with colour, especially purple tones. Floaty, floral and feminine dresses look great paired with slides or sneakers, a blazer or denim jacket. This way you can get a hint of purple without going over the top.
Alternatively you can add a pop in shoes, or accessories. I saw a great purple bag at this year’s Milan Fashion Week. It looked fantastic, teamed with a beige overcoat. I’m not into beige but this complete look was fabulous – that pop of colour with the purple bag took the outfit from bland to bloody well brilliant.
Me, I am definitely looking for a purple coat this winter, and I may also have to add another floaty dress to the mix (you can never have too many of those) which will take me through to the end of autumn.
Here are a few top tips for wearing purple
- If you don’t want to go all out, try a pop of colour with a bag, boots or shoes
- You don’t have to do the block colour thing, you can wear a floral with purple tones in it – think pretty floaty dress, but if you aren’t afraid to all out, a winter jacket in purple looks sensational
- I love a purple sweater in winter, it looks fresh and pretty. I had a lilac one last year and I lived in it
- Purple looks great with neutral tones, but you can go all out and mix it with yellows, greens, mint, blue and orange. Just make sure you read the care instructions, especially with colour. The aim is to keep the colour looking fresh, bright and clean
- As always, if you find something you like, and the fit isn’t perfect, invest in a tailor. It’s worth the money, and you can find pretty good alterations places in malls. An outfit – even if cheap, will always look more expensive when it fits you perfectly. If you need the pants hemmed, or the sleeves altered or just a few darts in the back to give a jacket more shape, do it. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Most importantly, wear what you want. If you feel great, you’ll look great. There are no rules in fashion.
Actually, there is one – have fun with it!