Fashion: Purple

Bold, opulent, luxurious: purple is the perfect high-impact colour.

And with wedding season fast approaching, what better shade to make an entrance in? Bright, bold, Cadbury-style purple is perfect for an event or big night out as it can be dressed to the nines with striking gold or silver accessories. Gold in particular adds to the regal feel of the colour.

Subtler shades of heather or lilac meanwhile make for perfect casual dressing. Whether just a hint on the pattern of a tea dress or a quick shot on a handbag or hat, it brings warmth and a fresh spring-like feel.

Purple and blue work particularly well together for daytime dressing – a navy blazer over a pastel purple sundress, for example, is an effortless look and an easy way to wear colour. One of the best dresses out there is this floral midi from Marks & Spencer. We had to look twice at its £39.50 price tag. What a bargain.

If you’re after a more intense evening look, think block colour and killer accessories.

Galliano, Zac Posen, Ungaro and Yves Saint Laurent all know the impact of a gorgeous top-to-toe purple gown.

Gallino brought a gothic look to his creations with dark details of black and feather, while Ungaro went all dreamy and romantic with floaty dresses with swathes of chiffon. But whatever the designer, one thing was constant: all of the dresses were in deep jewel shades.

For a more easy-on-the-purse option, try this belted mesh dress for £39 from M&Co. Team with a gold statement necklace if you want to play up the regal vibe, or a shot of silver if you want to enhance its cool tones.

Need some inspiration? Check out Natalie Portman’s purple Rodarte dress at the 2011 Oscars, Sandra Bullock in Bottega Veneta at the 2010 Golden Globes or Selena Gomez in her short and sexy Reem Acra number. Stunning.

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