How to Wear Purple This Season

Love lilac? Here’s how to wear purple this season.

Purple – or Ultra Violet, to be precise – might have been last year’s colour of the year, but it’s taken a good season or two for every variation of the enchanting shade to make its way into our wardrobe. But now that spring is here, it feels like rich shades of aubergine to lovely lilacs are here to stay.

While the out-there shade might feel like it’s one of the harder colours to work into your wardrobe, don’t be fooled into thinking this on-trend hue is too difficult to wear. Recent runway shows quickly proved our point with every shade of purple imaginable being paraded down the runway. While tonal purple dressing is definitely an option if you’re not quite ready to wear purple from head-to-toe the easiest way to start embracing this colour trend is by pairing your favourite purple shade with your current wardrobe staples.

Surprisingly, there’s not a lot of other colours that purple doesn’t go with. Pastel shades – think icy shades of blue, blush pinks and even mint green – are making a comeback this season and pair perfectly with soft lilac hues. Neutral shades of caramel and earthy brown will give purple a contemporary twist. But for those who really want to turn heads and aren’t afraid of bright colours, look to team purple with fiery shades of red, piquant orange and hot pink.

Take a look in the gallery below to discover how to wear purple as inspired by our favourite looks straight off the runway.


Meet Tom Ford’s New Fragrance Beau de Jour

The ever-enigmatic Tom Ford – that you can read our interview with right here –  sure knows a thing or two about creating unforgettable fragrances that are guaranteed to turn heads. And Mr Ford’s latest addition to his exquisite Private Blend collection, Beau de Jour, is no exception. 

Beau de Jour opens with captivating and refreshing notes of lavender straight from Provence. The uplifting lavender gives the fragrance its clean facet which is amplified by a bouquet of hybrid lavenders. The intoxicating heart of the fragrance features an unexpected herbal blend of African rosemary, minty green geranium, warm and leather-like oakmoss and fresh basil. Bewitching base notes of patchouli and amber create a musky dry down that gives Beau de Jour an undeniably masculine edge.

Beau de Jour

While Beau de Jour will undoubtedly make the perfect gift for the men in your life – it has, after all, been touted as a masculine scent that captures the essence of the ‘perfectly groomed gentleman’ in one beautiful bottle – we’re all for breaking the rules where fragrance is concerned. We can guarantee this is one of those scents that we will be definitely be borrowing from the boys.

Discover the new Private Blend from Tom Ford at Smith & Caughey’s Queen Street, David Jones Wellington or Ballantynes Christchurch and receive your complimentary sample today. Shop the fragrance right here