The color purple gets a really bad rap. Think Barney, seventies crushed velvet, the periwinkle hued old lady on the bus who doesn’t realize it. All these things come to mind readily when recalling the violet hue. Now, in my humble opinion, I think this is undeserved.
In the ancient world, purple was the color associated with royalty and religious devotion. It was worn by Roman Emperors and Roman Catholic bishops. Also, the etymology is fascinating; the word coming from an ancient Greek Tyrian dye which was drawn from the mucus secreted by a spiny dye murex snail. Even the phrasiology “purple cow” refers to something exceptional or remarkable.
In terms of how to wear, when in doubt, simplify and go preppy. A bluish-violet cable knit cashmere Ralph Lauren slim fit sweater worn with white jeans tucked into brown leather riding boots can be so intensely striking and gorgeous. A touch of amethyst on a gold ring can be magnifying, as can a combination of snake skin and purple on a shoe or handbag. If you are unsure, simplify it and find a purple which suits you whether it be magenta, white, or blue-tinged. But, please wear it. Bring plum back in vogue, it deserves it.
“He wrapped himself in quotations – as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.”
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