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THE COLOUR PURPLE


According to our pal Lorde, we may never be royal, but we can wear that royal colour — purple.


Burgundy car coat and matching sweater with dark jeans
Burgundy car coat and matching sweater with dark jeans

In Ancient Rome no one but the emperor could wear the color purple. (Or so I'm told. I wasn't there myself.) But nowadays, when you want to warm up your fashion palette with a pop of color, think purple — no longer just for royals.


Let's talk about some reasons why purple is a star colour. First of all, it's a broad colour, running the gamut from lilac and lavender to magenta, from violet and plum to eggplant, amethyst, and burgundy.


Pair purple with dark neutral shades
Pair purple with dark neutral shades

Second, it's easy to wear purple with neutral shades like white, beige, grey, even black. Or, you could be more fashion forward by pairing purple with other warm palette shades like red and orange.


A burgundy v-neck sweater is a basic that contrasts perfectly with the dark olive houndstooth jacket. Or, you can wear the burgundy sweater on its own with orange trousers for a more dramatic look.

Purple looks great with these orange trousers
Purple looks great with these orange trousers

Purple looks great with these orange trousers and a nubby, Chanel-inspired tweed short jacket. The play of textures and colours create a joyful outfit.


John Fleuvog burgundy shoes
John Fleuvog burgundy shoes

John Fleuvog burgundy shoes connect the purple dots between top and bottom. And you can never go wrong with a gold belt as an accent.


Purple is a colour that looks good on just about everyone, and because it comes in so many shades it's easy to find one that enhances your skin tone.


Purple is also the perfect complement to champagne
Purple is also the perfect complement to champagne !

PURPLE FASHION TIPS

  • Swap one piece of your minimalist look for a purple item to make the look feel fresh.

  • Pair purple with pastels, like pale pinks and muted blues for a bright outfit.

  • Purple goes well with khaki and black.

  • When in doubt, go head-to-toe purple for a dramatic monochromatic look.