Wearing purple is, for the most part, a free pass on your effortless style adventure. Purple suits most skin tones depending on the shade chosen. But, adding purple to your outfit is the tricky part. Too little purple or the wrong shade can look washed out. Too much purple in your outfit and you’ll end up looking like a popular children’s character.

Finding something purple is easy too. This is because the colour has been on the international trends list for the last three years. This in itself is where the problems start. You can easily find yourself buying one purple piece and then another. Before you know it, you can end up with more purple in your wardrobe than you bargained for. But luckily I’m here to help you.

Here is everything you need to know about wearing purple:

Minimalistic Purple

When planning your office attire for the day you can easily add a little spark by swapping out your standard white blouse for a lilac one. Alternatively, add a splash of colour with a pair of purple shoes. For family gatherings, I suggest trying that pair of purple jeans with a white top. Light and minimalistic purple is a great way to get used to wearing purple.

Up The Stakes

Are you feeling a little more daring on your journey of wearing purple? Why not try one of the darker shades. Aubergine purple is a great place to start. The colour somehow works with every skin tone and can be effortlessly pulled off for any occasion. Try wearing darker colours over other colours. A light summer jersey in darker shades of purple when the weather turns will help you stand out. Alternatively, try pairing aubergine colours with other brighter shades for a truly unique look.

Pairing Purple

Purples work well when paired with pastel colours. Blues and pinks are a great place to start. Try to keep this pairing to a minimum. I suggest a purple top in either lavender or lilac shades paired with a pastel pink jacket or skirt. Another great pairing for purple will always be neutral tones. White, grey and black tones will make your purple, no matter which shade you bought stand out. My go-to choice for the purple-neutral pairing is a black formal pantsuit with a purple top.

To help you absolutely nail wearing purple this summer here’s my quick list of do’s and don’ts when choosing to go with purple:

Do – Dark jeans and a light purple top or light jeans and tops featuring a purple print. These two combinations are endlessly stylish and effortlessly put together.

Don’t – That purple business suit you saw the other day. Just no! Too much purple can be off-putting and distracting. You do not want to walk into your office looking like a freshly picked sprig of lavender.

Do – Accessorise in purple. Purple can be understatedly amazing when worn as accessories.  Whether bright or bright, purple accessories are a great way to add a little colour to your day to day outfit.

Don’t – Choose the wrong shade of purple. Lilac shades on warm skin tones will look washed out and bold purple on cooler skin tones can be shocking for those around you.

Let me find your perfect purple. Book a one-on-one consult with me today to get the best out of your purple.