Purple Haze

Updated on Oct 10, 2008
Topshop shirt - Urban Juncture skirt - Michael Kors shoes - salsa trends necklac
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joannaladrido 's Thoughts:

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.


Comments (32)

NathaliaV on August 01
bjkdAnc3r on March 19
awesome skirt.
INOC_IS on October 09
i always see you around chictopia. OMG YOU CUT YOUR HAIR! LOVE THE DO'!!!!! gives you a new edge! mesh of color is on lovely! that is an awesome blast of vibrancy!it sets off your hair!
summershine76 on September 16
LunaticPrinsesa on May 11
Superb choice of clothes! Love the ensemble.
jos on November 03
love the outfit and the poem...first time i check on u....( dont ask me why!!) and must say im quite in love with all your outfits!! me like
joannaladrido on November 03
oh thank you so much! i am very honored and flattered! feel free to get inspired!!!! haha =) cheers!
tahda on October 30
these colors look amazing on you. wow. love the skirt.
joannaladrido on November 03
thanks so much! candy colors are soooo fun to wear!!!
Chic_Looks on October 14
your are so beautiful and the skirt is so pretty, love it !!!
joannaladrido on October 15
thanks so much! you are pretty fab yourself =)
CalamityJem on October 14
Love the whole outfit...it's so fresh, bright & lovely!
joannaladrido on October 15
thank you so much! it was a risk with all these colors but it worked. =)
edie on October 13
wow! i love you skirt..and all the pink/purple shades!! amazing
joannaladrido on October 13
thank you so much! it's very affordable too! =)
lacLo on October 13
wowowowowow i love your style
joannaladrido on October 13
thank you so much gorgeous!
ninaestacio on October 13
i looove this. sweet!!! looks a lot like the ones you lent me ;)
joannaladrido on October 13
sugar rush! i look like i came from Candy Corner! hahaha =) thanks babe! it does right? but cheaper =)
Gboy on October 13
so fab!! you look like a barbie doll! nice! :)
joannaladrido on October 13
oooh i love it! =) hahaha thanks so much!
cranberrylov on October 12
I love all the fun colors and they go together very well
joannaladrido on October 13
thanks so much! such kiddie colors haha it kind of reminds me of the flavors of Nerds candies! or gobstoppers!
Sesa on October 12
These colors together are unexpected and amazing.
joannaladrido on October 13
thank you so much! who knew they'd work right? =)
merced on October 12
so cute! the colors are awesome, such love.
joannaladrido on October 13
thanks so much =) candy color love =) haha soooo delish!
sefi on October 12
really sweet. feels like summer and candies like some other people here just said. i also love the stairs location...
joannaladrido on October 12
thanks so much =) the stairs was a useful location for outfit shots haha =) the colors are indeed candy-inspired =) i love how sweet and tart they all were!!!
mi7esng on October 11
Yay! as always.. Powerful! :)
joannaladrido on October 11
Thanks Miles =) the shoes were ultra high hahaha =) thank God i did not trip, slip or break a bone! hahaha
pigegeon on October 11
love the colours!! =]
joannaladrido on October 11
haha thanks so much! they look sooo candy-ish!!! haha
lucyinthesky on October 11
absolutely beautiful colours!
joannaladrido on October 11
thanks so much!!!
Nanny on October 10
So unique! I love the color splash!
joannaladrido on October 11
Haha thanks so much! a change of color accents for fall =)
laltra on October 10
love the color combination
joannaladrido on October 11
thanks so much!!! =)
BehindtheSeams on October 10
pretty skirt!
joannaladrido on October 11
thanks so much =) it was a good find! its two way too!
inKARLcerating on October 10
whatan amazing poem! thanks for sharing it to us! youre such an eye candy! yum yum.. =p
joannaladrido on October 11
thanks so much =) indeed! the colors are candy-esque hahaha =) i think i represented almost all colors in a rainbow!!!
clareclarita on October 10
i read this poem ages ago and loved it. its definitely how i want to grow old!
joannaladrido on October 11
isn't it wonderful? hahaha same here =) i love it!!!!
peanutbutter on October 10
seriously, i love your use of color!
joannaladrido on October 11
Thanks so much =) it was all candy colors and it was a risk but im glad it worked somehow =)
jessy_H on October 10
awesome. i was just telling boyfie yesterdayabout how purple is such a fall colour :0 and everywhere we looked....someone wears a purple item. sweet! as always...love it!
joannaladrido on October 11
i love how purple was indeed incorporated in the runways in the non-depressing manner! it's so much more refreshing now! i love it =) thanks dear! you're a doll!
InstantVintage on October 10
I'm so in love with how you use colors.
joannaladrido on October 11
thank you =)
InstantVintage on October 11
I can totally see the candy reference. =D
joannaladrido on October 11
thanks so much =) i played up with the shades =) the pink was sooo nice with purple. it reminded me of gummy bears or skittles!
frenchieee on October 10
that's a friggen awesome skirt! purple's my favorite color, and you happen to look great in it :D
joannaladrido on October 11
thanks so much! oooh i love it...purple must look soooo great on you...i sense it totally fits you =) the skirt is from these 2 girls who happen to sell their designs online as well =) http://urbanjuncture.multiply.com
Coco_mademoiselle on October 10
I love the necklace, V. quirky .
joannaladrido on October 11
Coco_mademoiselle on October 10
I love the necklace, V. quirky .
joannaladrido on October 11
indeed it is =) it reminded me of those statement necklaces from Dries Van Noten A/W 2008 runways!
NatsumiMaria on October 10
How refreshing! I just love how you've made such a unique style for yourself.
joannaladrido on October 11
thanks so much =) i needed color that day =) i don't know why but i'm pretty glad it worked =)
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