Purple is one of those colors that can start arguments. Is it purple? Is it pink? Is it mauve? Is it something in between? This article has purple outfits and inspiration on how to wear purple to get you thinking about what shade is the one for you.

No wonder there are differences of opinion about purple when there are so many shades of it.

The only definition of purple is that it is a color somewhere between red and blue. But then when you start to maybe add a bit of white, some black or a little yellow into the mix, you can create so many shades. But, no matter what shade you choose you’ll find some purple outfits to inspire you below

Why wear purple outfits?

Purple is a color often associated with royalty and nobility. So, why not treat yourself like the queen you undoubtedly are and add some purple to your closet? Below are some great color combinations to get you started if you are thinking about how to wear purple.

At one point, purple seemed to have fallen out of favor. But, designers have now been embracing it and there were plenty of purple outfits seen on the runways of many of the big-name fashion houses.

Purple outfits from the catwalks | 40plusstyle.com

Ulla Johnson – Alberta Ferretti – RIchard Malone

Ulla Johnson, Alberta Ferretti and Richard Malone all gave us shades of deep purple for winter and fall 2020.

While purple can often be polarizing, with people either loving it or hating it, there are so many different shades that you’re sure to find one that you love.

You could opt for anything from the palest lavender through to the brightest violet or the deepest plum.

The color lovers site is a good tool if you are not sure which colors go together, or you are looking for different combinations. You can find palettes, which I’ve used in the combinations below, to help you to shop your closet.

Here are some fabulous choices to wear with purple to get you started. Don’t forget to let me know how you wear purple in the comments.

Purples clothes and accessories to choose in stores now

Before taking a look at what colors to wear with purple, let’s take a look at some of the most stylish purple clothes to choose from.

Purple blouse

Purple outfits - Marina wearing a purple blouse and black pants | 40plusstyle.com

A purple blouse can create a real statement with a simple pair of black or white pants, or a pair of jeans.

Marina (above) styles her purple blouse with black pants and studded heels.

Recreate her outfit with this similar blouse, pants, heels, bag, earrings and a Gucci belt.

You could also try a top which is purple with some gray in the mix, like the asymmetrical Club Monaco tank below.

Club Monaco drape front blouse | 40plusstyle.com

Club Monaco drape front blouse

Purple t-shirt

How about a purple t-shirt rather than the usual black, white or gray? The Made by Johnny top (below) features flattering draping around the belly area if you would like to hide a tummy.

It also has a v-neck, which is useful for creating an elongating effect, and the sleeves will cover the upper arms if this is an area you prefer to cover.

Made By Johnny V-neck dolman top | 40plusstyle.com

Made By Johnny V-neck dolman top

Purple sweater

Purple outfits - Julie wears a purple sweater and black pants | 40plusstyle.com

If you are treating yourself to a new sweater as the weather turns colder, purple knitwear could be a stylish addition to your closet.

Julie (above) wears a white shirt under her purple sweater which creates a stylish contrast between the two colors, and matches her shirt to her sneakers.

Check out this similar shirt, sweater, pants, sneakers and crossbody bag.

Boden cashmere crewneck sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Boden cashmere crewneck sweater

Purple cardigan

Rather than a sweater, you could also look at a flattering cardigan, like the drape front option (below) which has very good reviews on Amazon with one wearer saying it is the best cardigan she has ever owned!

Urban CoCo drape front open cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Urban CoCo drape front open cardigan

Purple coat

50 Shades of Purple: How to wear purple outfits in every shade from lilac to violet | 40plusstyle.com

Are you investing in a new winter coat this year? Rather than opting for a neutral shade, you could choose purple to add a big impact to any outfit.

Caroline (above) opts for different shades of purple with her coat layered over a cozy sweater.

Steal her look with this similar sweater, coat, jeans, booties and beanie.

Boden wool-blend coat | 40plusstyle.com

Boden wool-blend coat

Purple jacket

Purple outfits - Sally wears a purple blazer | 40plusstyle.com

You could always opt for a smart purple blazer. Sally (above) opts for multiple shades of purple and teams with on-trend white boots.

Check out this similar turtleneck sweater, blazer, printed skirt, booties and crossbody bag.

Doublju open front blazer jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Doublju open front blazer jacket

Purple dress

I’m sure you have a little black dress in your closet. But how about a little purple dress? The purple shift dress below from Chelsea28 would look good styled with leggings and boots for the winter season. You can add a cardigan, black or jacket for warmth.

Chelsea28 shift dress | 40plusstyle.com

Chelsea28 shift dress

Purple pants

Petra wearing purple pants and a matching top | 40plusstyle.com

Of course, you don’t have to stick to purple only on the top of your outfit. Petra (above) opts for double purple with her co-ordinating top and pants. `

Get her look with this similar turtleneck top, pants, leather jacket, pumps, handbag, belt and sunglasses.

Boden wide leg pants | 40plusstyle.com

Boden wide leg pants

Purple jeans

If you’re more of a jeans person than a smart pants person, you could choose a pair of purple jeans to update your jeans-and-sweaters outfits for the winter season.

NYDJ slim straight ankle jeans | 40plusstyle.com

NYDJ slim straight ankle jeans

Purple skirt

Nuria wears a green and purple outfit | 40plusstyle.com

For a more formal option, you could choose a purple skirt. Nuria (above) opts for a lilac-colored pleated skirt, and shows how beautifully purple goes with green.

Check out this similar top, pleated skirt, shrug, pumps, handbag, belt, necklace, sunglasses and beret.

Lock and Love flare midi pull-on skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Lock and Love flare midi pull-on skirt

Purple leggings

With many of you at home more than usual right now, you may prefer to think about purple loungewear rather than anything too formal. A pair of leggings are perfect for days at home or for getting out for some exercise.

Zella high waist leggings | 40plusstyle.com

Zella high waist leggings

There’s plenty of inspiration on what to wear your leggings with in this extensive guide to how to wear leggings over 40.

Purple shoes

Ruisio wears purple boots with her outfit | 40plusstyle.com

If you don’t want to add purple to your outfit with your clothing, a pair of purple shoes or boots would be a stylish, and unexpected choice. Rubisjo (above) wears her purple booties with a white skirt.

Steal her look with this similar sweater, skirt, booties, scarf and Gucci bag.

Kurt Geiger London bootie | 40plusstyle.com

Kurt Geiger London bootie

Purple accessories

If you aren’t keen on wearing purple in your outfits, then a great way to add a touch of purple is with your accessories. You could, for example, wear a crisp white shirt and your favorite jeans along with a lavender handbag or shoes.

Purple accessories | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London leather crossbody bagDasein tassel crossbody bagWoogwin plaid scarfNordstrom wool & cashmere scarfLong Keeper leather glovesLisianthus buckle fedoraAlexis Bittar horseshoe pendant necklaceKate Spade New York round drop earringsMarks & Spencer circle stud earrings

How to wear purple

Now, let’s take a look at some ways to way your purple clothes and the colors that go with them.

Purple with white

Katharina wears a white and lilac outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Katharina (above) opts for pale shades of off-white and lilac. You could make this outfit warmer with a pair of tights or leggings.

Recreate her outfit with this similar dress, cardigan and pumps.

purple and white outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Urban CoCo drape front open cardiganFRAME V-neck teeJEN7 by 7 For All Mankind skinny jeansCOACH bootieDasein tassel crossbody bagAlexis Bittar horseshoe pendant necklace

Outfit 2: Gallery wool blend coat with faux fur collarLeith turtleneck sweaterNYDJ slim straight ankle jeansPaul Green low top sneakerTed Baker London leather crossbody bagMarks & Spencer circle stud earrings

Outfit 3: GIBSONLOOK notch collar blazerLafayette 148 New York silk tankBoden shoe bootsTed Baker London leather crossbody bagAlexis Bittar horseshoe pendant necklaceKate Spade New York round drop earrings

Purple and black

50 Shades of Purple: How to wear purple outfits in every shade from lilac to violet | 40plusstyle.com

I always think a pale purple is one of those tricky colors to get right. It can end up looking too “little girl”. But, this shade has definitely been a favorite on the catwalks recently.

And, I think if you “ground it” with darker shades, then it can stop it from looking too sickly sweet. Black is always a safe and stylish choice.

Lizzi (above) wears a lilac top underneath a coat which is blends blue, gray and purple to create a soft shade.

Get her look with this similar top, coat, pants, sneakers and crossbody bag.

purple and black outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Boden wool-blend coatChelsea28 shift dressHue suede leggingsKurt Geiger London bootieMadewell leather crossbody bagWoogwin plaid scarfKate Spade New York round drop earrings

Outfit 2: Anne Klein leather drape front jacketJoie V-neck silk blouseNYDJ slim straight ankle jeansCOACH bootieDasein tassel crossbody bagAlexis Bittar horseshoe pendant necklaceLisianthus buckle fedora

Outfit 3: Smart Range soft leather moto jacketEsenchel tunic topHue suede leggingsVince Camuto leather bootLulus faux leather toteMarks & Spencer circle stud earringsNordstrom wool & cashmere scarf

Purple and green

Kim wearing purple and green | 40plusstyle.com

Purple looks fabulous teamed with neutrals but it can also be worn with other strong colors. Kim (above) opts for an unexpected color choice which works wonderfully by pairing her lilac shirt with green combats and bright shoes.

Check out this similar top, pants, pumps, handbag, hoop earrings and sunglasses.

purple and green outfit inspiration | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Smart Range soft leather moto jacketReformation A-line midi dressVince Camuto leather bootLulus faux leather toteMarks & Spencer circle stud earringsrag & bone wool & cashmere scarf

Outfit 2: Helene Berman cotton blend jacketBoden cashmere V-neck sweaterMadewell skinny jeansKurt Geiger London bootieDasein tassel crossbody bagKate Spade New York round drop earrings

Outfit 3: Levi’s faux leather moto jacketMade By Johnny tunic swing dress – Zella high waist leggingsVince Camuto leather bootTed Baker London leather crossbody bagWoogwin plaid scarf

Purple with red

Claudia wearing purple and red | 40plusstyle.com

Another combination you perhaps don’t see very often, but purple and red can work well together.

You could either opt for a deep shade of purple and an equally deep red, or team your reds and burgundies with violet.

You could team red with a vibrant purple, or with a more subtle hue like mauve or lavender.

Claudia (above) teams a red top with a suit featuring shades of purple and she co-ordinates with purple booties.

Recreate her outfit with this similar top, pants, booties and fedora.

purple and red outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Boden wool-blend coatBOSS sweater dressVince Camuto leather bootTed Baker London leather crossbody bagWoogwin plaid scarfLong Keeper leather glovesMarks & Spencer circle stud earrings

Outfit 2: Boden cashmere crew cardiganAlice + Olivia cuff pantsTed Baker London leather crossbody bagKurt Geiger London bootieKate Spade New York round drop earrings

Outfit 3: Smart Range soft leather moto jacketBOSS wool sweaterLock and Love flare midi pull-on skirtVince Camuto leather bootLulus faux leather toteAlexis Bittar horseshoe pendant necklace

Purple outfits with neutrals

Emma wears purple and neutrals | 40plusstyle.com

Wearing purple with neutrals gives an earthier, slightly more bohemian vibe.

It can give a relaxed, casual feel to a color which can otherwise be associated with royalty and evening wear. A purple dress and tan sandals would work well for summer vacations.

You can find purple clothes which mix in shades of tan, gray and yellows to create a softer, very subtle purple.

Emma (above) combines formal and casual to great effect by wearing her purple blazer with olive green utility pants.

Check out this similar top, blazer, pants, sandals, handbag and sunglasses.

Purple and neutral outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: BLANKNYC suede moto jacketPolo Ralph Lauren cable knit sweaterNYDJ slim straight ankle jeansKurt Geiger London bootieTed Baker London leather crossbody bagMarks & Spencer circle stud earrings

Outfit 2: L’AGENCE ribbed cardiganMarks & Spencer velvet wide leg trousersBoden shoe bootsTed Baker London leather crossbody bagAlexis Bittar horseshoe pendant necklaceKate Spade New York round drop earrings

Outfit 3: Sam Edelman belted coatEsenchel tunic shirtMing Wang straight leg pantsBoden shoe bootsDasein tassel crossbody bagWoogwin plaid scarfMarks & Spencer circle stud earrings

Purple outfits together in one capsule

Take a look below at some of the outfits featured in this article together in a capsule wardrobe for winter. You could easily switch around many of these items to create countless different looks for the upcoming season.

A purple capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Which of these purple outfits is your favorite? Do you already have a purple dress or orther purple clothes in your closet?

Continue reading:

  1. How To Wear Red – Your Comprehensive Guide On Wearing The Color Of Love!
  2. How To Wear Pink – A Comprehensive Guide With Lots Of Ideas And Color Combinations!
  3. The Best Winter Coats For Women This Season And How To Choose A Coat

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