Once upon a time, it was a crime to even think of wearing purple, but it’s quite the thing this autumn if you believe Vogue. Mind you, it was around last winter too, but then there are only so many colours. So we have got another season to try and find out…Can We Really Do Purple?
Here are a few things to remember:
Purple is a very strong colour, so before you wear it near your face you should sneak into the changing rooms and ask yourself ‘do I look ill in this?’ In fact it will only suit one in four at such close range. The lucky quartile are likely to have a dark or ‘winter’ skin tone. If this is you, you will instantly look fantastic in strong hues of all kinds and should make the most of purple year!
If you are not sure about your skin tone then don’t get carried away. Get some purple accessories, a purple belt, even shoes or a bag will do far more for your overall look than a purple shirt or dress. And if you are determined to wear purple near your face despite looking ill, buy some foundation!
Coloured jeans of whatever description come with a health warning. Make sure you know what is going on top! Think about it, if you had a purple top you could easily team it with jeans. But if your bottom half is purple you can’t wear the jeans on top.
Redheads – this is a real dilemma. Purple looks great with red hair but not with pale skin, so to make the best of all worlds put something purple in your hair – at the back! And get some purple converse shoes.
Finally, think about colour combos. Last year it was purple and orange. This year the favoured contrasting colours are slate or powder blue. These are both very forgiving and will allow you to update your wardrobe in subtle style, so go for a gem of purple buried in a slate mine or peeping through fading blue clouds after sunset.