Purple is one of those colors that can start arguments. Is it purple? Is it pink? Is it mauve? Is it something in between?

And no wonder when there are so many different shades of purple. 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. No matter what shade you choose you’ll find some purple outfits to inspire you here.

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? Here are some great color combinations to try to get you started if you’re thinking about how to wear purple.

At one point, purple seemed to have fallen out of favor.

But, designers have now been embracing it.

Emilia Wickstead, Kate Spade and Badgley Mishka all gave us a shade of pale lilac for spring 2019. Although, I do think this is one of those colors you have to be careful with unless you want to look like a bridesmaid from the 80s.

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.

Purple dress ideas

If you aren’t sure what color dress to wear for an occasion or a summer vacation, then how about a purple dress. It’s one of those colors that isn’t worn by a lot of people so you may well find you are the only person in the room who has chosen a purple dress.

You’ll find purple dress ideas below along with a range of casual and formal purple outfits.

Purple with orange

I think purple with orange is one of those combinations which is daring and unexpected, but it goes so beautifully together.

Color blocking with bright tones is a modern way to wear this combination. There is more inspiration here in this piece on how to wear orange

Below you’ll see some outfits which fall on the magenta side of the purple spectrum, and a dress in a deeper shade. Any of these shades wil go with orange. Wearing purple with orange | fashion over 40 | style | fashion | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Purple belted pantsOrange shoesOrange shirt Black bagGold earrings

Outfit 2: Sweater dressOrange shoesGray bagCuff bracelet

Outfit 3: Shift dressEarringsNude sandalsNude clutch bag

Deep 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.

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Outfit 1: Purple pantsEileen Fisher topRed bagGray shoesRed Necklace

Outfit 2: Purple dressRed bagWhite boleroRed sandals Earrings set

Outfit 3: Purple sweaterRed skirtsGray shoesLeather satchel Drop earrings

Wear purple as an accessory

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.

Puple Accessories Bags and Scarfs | 40plusstyle

Accessories 1: Purple Leather ClutchCrystals Crossbody BagTrapezoid Faux Leather SatchelRing Handle Leather BagPlum Large Flat Pouch Leather Crossbody BagPurple Scarf Wrap Scarf

Purple shoes and more purple accessories

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Accessories 2: Silk ScarfCircle Drop EarringCollar NecklaceCrystal Feather Bib NecklaceStrap SandalsSuede Flat –  Shaft Knee High Boot – Splitleap Drop EarringsTiered EarringsForget Me Not EarringsPointy Toe FlatSlide SandalPurple Sequin Mule

Pointy Toe Mule Purple Suede BootieCat Eye SunglassesSquare Sunglasses Palm Beach Slide Sandal

Casual 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.

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Outfit 1: Tan topPurple jeansGold earringsWhite Mules

Outfit 2: Plum dressTan bagTan sandalsWhite Earrings

Outfit 3: Mauve topChinosWhite sandalsMocha bagHoop earringsPurple Scarf

A light purple dress and wearing pale 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.

That way, you can wear a light purple dress without looking as if you are about to be a bridesmaid.

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Outfit 1: Lavender jeansFaux leather jacket White topLilac necklaceBlack loafers

Outfit 2: Lilac dressBlack clutch bagBlack pumpsDrop Earrings

Outfit 3: Lilac jacketLogo teeSlim leg jeansFrye bootsCrossbody bag

Purple clothes with strong tailoring

Another way to stop purple from looking too “sweet” if that isn’t a look you are going for is to wear it in structured tailoring.

Look out for purple blazers or tuxedo pants.

Below are outfits which fall into the lilac, burgunday and mauve spectrums.

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Outfit 1: Purple pantsWhite blazerPink shirtGray bootiesTassel necklaceGray Bag

Outfit 2: Plum blazer Leopard print shoesSkinny jeansSatin topPurple pendant

Outfit 3: Lilac coatHigh waist jeans Silver earringsSilver brogues Boden sweaterPurple bag

A long purple dress and purple with silvers and white

I always think silver goes beautifully with so many colors, and purple is no exception. The addition of white to your palette creates a fresh feel for spring and summer.

You can wear silver with the lightest of lilacs, pinky-purples and the deepest shades of mauve.

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Outfit 1: Long purple dress Silver earringsClutch bagSilver Sandals

Outfit 2: Lilac one-shoulder dressSilver shoes White clutch bag

Outfit 3: Silver camisoleGray sandalsPurple skirtNavy bag White cardiganDrop Earrings

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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