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.
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.
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.
You could also try a top which is purple with some gray in the mix, like the asymmetrical Club Monaco tank below.
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.
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.
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!
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.
You could always opt for a smart purple blazer. Sally (above) opts for multiple shades of purple and teams with on-trend white boots.
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.
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. `
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.
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.
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.
There’s plenty of inspiration on what to wear your leggings with in this extensive guide to how to wear leggings over 40.
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.
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.
Ted Baker London leather crossbody bag – Dasein tassel crossbody bag – Woogwin plaid scarf – Nordstrom wool & cashmere scarf – Long Keeper leather gloves – Lisianthus buckle fedora – Alexis Bittar horseshoe pendant necklace – Kate Spade New York round drop earrings – Marks & 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 (above) opts for pale shades of off-white and lilac. You could make this outfit warmer with a pair of tights or leggings.
Outfit 2: Gallery wool blend coat with faux fur collar – Leith turtleneck sweater – NYDJ slim straight ankle jeans – Paul Green low top sneaker – Ted Baker London leather crossbody bag – Marks & Spencer circle stud earrings
Outfit 3: GIBSONLOOK notch collar blazer – Lafayette 148 New York silk tank – Boden shoe boots – Ted Baker London leather crossbody bag – Alexis Bittar horseshoe pendant necklace – Kate Spade New York round drop earrings
Purple and black
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.
Outfit 1: Boden wool-blend coat – Chelsea28 shift dress – Hue suede leggings – Kurt Geiger London bootie – Madewell leather crossbody bag – Woogwin plaid scarf – Kate Spade New York round drop earrings
Outfit 2: Anne Klein leather drape front jacket – Joie V-neck silk blouse – NYDJ slim straight ankle jeans – COACH bootie – Dasein tassel crossbody bag – Alexis Bittar horseshoe pendant necklace – Lisianthus buckle fedora
Outfit 3: Smart Range soft leather moto jacket – Esenchel tunic top – Hue suede leggings – Vince Camuto leather boot – Lulus faux leather tote – Marks & Spencer circle stud earrings – Nordstrom wool & cashmere scarf
Purple and green
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.
Outfit 1: Smart Range soft leather moto jacket – Reformation A-line midi dress – Vince Camuto leather boot – Lulus faux leather tote – Marks & Spencer circle stud earrings – rag & bone wool & cashmere scarf
Purple with red
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.
Outfit 1: Boden wool-blend coat – BOSS sweater dress – Vince Camuto leather boot – Ted Baker London leather crossbody bag – Woogwin plaid scarf – Long Keeper leather gloves – Marks & Spencer circle stud earrings
Outfit 3: Smart Range soft leather moto jacket – BOSS wool sweater – Lock and Love flare midi pull-on skirt – Vince Camuto leather boot – Lulus faux leather tote – Alexis Bittar horseshoe pendant necklace
Purple outfits with neutrals
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.
Outfit 1: BLANKNYC suede moto jacket – Polo Ralph Lauren cable knit sweater – NYDJ slim straight ankle jeans – Kurt Geiger London bootie – Ted Baker London leather crossbody bag – Marks & Spencer circle stud earrings
Outfit 2: L’AGENCE ribbed cardigan – Marks & Spencer velvet wide leg trousers – Boden shoe boots – Ted Baker London leather crossbody bag – Alexis Bittar horseshoe pendant necklace – Kate Spade New York round drop 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.
Which of these purple outfits is your favorite? Do you already have a purple dress or orther purple clothes in your closet?
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