Prince would be proud of me or the entire fashion industry for bringing the color purple back this year. (God rest his soul) Really it was the color Ultra Violet #18-3838 that Pantone named 2018 color of the year. If a reputable color trend forecast predicts a color, designers listen (see below for runway references).
You really got to have balls to 1/ pull a look with that much color 2/ wear it head-to-toe. Can you imagine the looks I got on the streets wearing this outfit? I either get Barney, the purple dinosaur or Grimace. But I can care less, because I know I’m getting somewhere with this.
The outfit all started when I bought these purple slim leg trousers that fit like a glove. From the high waist, to the belt detail and the stretch in the fabric, with the exception of the length a little too long, these were damn near a perfect pair.
My next mission was to find all the purple things I had in my closet. Purple has many levels and ranges in shade. Luckily, all the pieces were in the same tone from light to the darkest.
Let’s start with the lavender wool jacket with the high waist belt. I probably can be do without the belt, since I have it on my pant. But I’m a sucker for a cinched waist, that gives a nice polish look.
The cashmere medium lavender heather cable sweater is one of my favorite sweaters I own. It’s chunky and warm. The colors has different tones from the heather effect. Absolutely delicious! I tucked it inside the pants to highlight my waistline and balanced the proportions. Basically giving me longer legs.
These lamb leather dark purple ankle booties I’ve had for more than ten years, believe or not. That’s probably when the last time purple was a hot color. Every single time I want to get rid of them, I change my mind. I kept them because of the well-made quality. So glad I didn’t give up on them!
This outfit might be bold for most. Try a color that you feel most confident wearing head-to-toe. It could even be the lightest or darkest shade of that color. For example, mint green to olive green. Please don’t choose black, because that’s just copping out!
Good luck! Let me know if you need styling tips. I’m here to help!
Photography by Vyom Kapoor
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