I read this poem and was instantly inspired and craving for a PURPLE OUTFIT! So I wore this one for a very laid back Friday night! I loved the color splash around the purple and I did not want to over-do it so I simply matched darker colored patent Michael Kors platform shoes instead! The necklace is a very candy-colored accent and I think it went well and played up the skirts colors!
Everything else I kept bare.
Here is the inspirational piece:
WARNING by Jenny Joseph
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Purple in its many hues is the color of the season, from lilac and lavender to violet and plum. Find it on footwear and bags, coats, maxi dresses and dirndl skirts.
Royal Purple is having a fashion moment, together with lavenders and lilacs in satins and suedes. From rich hues of grape, plum, aubergine and eggplant to brighter violets, amethysts and pinkish mauves.
With so many shades to choose from it is possible to be chic in purple this fall. More adult than pink, softer shades of purple are romantic without being childish.
The Role of Purple in Women’s Fashion
Purple in Chinese culture is a lucky color, the color of wealth and prosperity in Feng Shui. It is unconventional and enigmatic, elegant and the symbolic color of royalty. It sends fashion messages of seductiveness and style, especially when found on rich fabrics such as velvets and satins.
How to Wear Purple
Purple’s mix of red and blue looks good on nearly everyone, in one hue or another. Mix this fall’s regal tones of purple with black and fuschia pink.
According to style mavens Trinny & Susannah, (Trinny&Susannah.com) in their online feature “How to Wear Burgundy,”for more plumy, burgundy tones, avoid black and use rust, chocolate brown or olive green. Say this stylist duo, “rich colors should not be deadened by navy blue or black,” lift burgundy shades with contrasting brick-browns, rusts and oranges and reds.
Avoid a top-to-toe look by contrasting your accessories. Charcoal gray is a strong look. For office appeal, wear black opaque tights and patent shoes.
Which Purple is Right for Your Complexion?
According to In Style Magazine’s “What’s your Perfect Color?” (June 2008 Aus Edition), women with honey-toned skin, like Beyoncé Knowles, look stunning in lavender and lilac. The contrast of a cool pastel tone with golden skin looks very striking.
Fair-skinned and blonde-haired woman look good on deep plums and purples, especially if they have dark eyes. Dark dramatic colors and offbeat shades like burgundy, wine and plum, bring out the warmth in the eyes and look striking against pale skin.
For darker-haired women with porcelain skin, like Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada), shades of violet complement the skin tone, rather than making it look washed-out. Blueish purples look good on women with reddish coloring in their hair.
Purple for Fall 2008
The runways of New York’s Fashion Week fell into a purple haze, with violet velvets architecturally sculpted aubergines and elegant eggplants. Find them mixed with pinks and blacks, and on bows and fringes, taffetas, rich velvets, patents and sexy satins this fall.