While pastel-hued fits have been making a slow but steady comeback, it’s time to mix-up the tried and tested baby blue’s and pistachio greens for something with a little more gusto. From Rihanna’s pre-quarantine, internet breaking fur to Jacquemus’ infamous lavender-on-lavender SS20 show in Paris, this perennial-purple has got the fash-packs approval and is seemingly here to stay. But how to wear a hue so juxtaposed with brash-boldness and delicate undertones?
First off, this candy-hue really is universally flattering. Unlike sky blue which can wash out fairer complexions, or taffy tones which which can clash with an auburn hair-colour, lilac is statement-maker that will work alongside all skin and hair pigments, so don’t be afraid to dip your toe into the lavender fields.
This subtly-shaded shirt from The Row is the perfect entry level swap-out for your usual white oxford, while Miu Miu’s emboldened leather pants are a more direct nod to the trend. When it comes to accessorising this versatile-violet is enhanced beautifully when paired with metallics, so don’t be shy when layering up on rose and yellow golds, as well as silver, when it comes to shoes and bags.
Feeling like this ultra-effeminate shade is a little to girly for your usual tomboy self? Drip feed it into your wardrobe through ways of subtle, amethyst jewels - the Anissa Kermiche bracelet below should be top of your wish list.
This sherbet shade may live amongst the pastel family, but it is no way shrinking violet when it comes to wardrobe impact, so make like Prince and let purple reign over your wardrobe.
Anissa Kermiche at Matches Fashion, Amethyst Chain Ring, Dhs1,330
Attico, Venus Slingback Pumps, Dhs2,260
Balenciaga, Tie-neck Paisley Blouse, Dhs4,370
Dior, Translucent Square Sunglasses, POA
IWC Schaffhausen, Portofino Automatic Watch, Dhs65,747
Miu Miu at Net-a-Porter, Leather Trousers, Dhs6,473
MM6 Maison Margiela at Net-a-Porter, Embroidered Jumper, Dhs1,441
Nackiyé at Net-a-Porter, Lolita Twill Top, Dhs2,526
Pippa Holt, Kaftan No.36, Dhs3,488
The Row at Net-a-Porter, Big Sisea Shirt, Dhs4,680
Lead image courtesy of Jason Lloyd-Evans