Soak it up, everyone! Summer is quickly slipping through our fingers and the first signs of fall are starting to peek over the horizon. But, if you’re anything like us, you’re almost glad to have these stifling, dog days of summer behind us in exchange for the brisk breezes of fall. But a reprieve from the heat isn’t the only thing we’re looking forward to next season; fall fashion is arguably the best time of year to get dressed in the morning. Sumptuous fabrics, beautiful boots, and a color palette that includes both summer’s brights and winter’s jewel tones. One of the best transition colors for the season is purple. Ranging from a pale lavender to a plum to a deep lilac, purple is always flattering, always stylish and always in season.
As silhouettes start to get longer and more tailored for the cold weather months, color is a way to continue having fun with your wardrobe. Purple can become a neutral to the humdrum blacks, grays and navys that become commonplace as soon as the temperature drips. In their Pre-Fall presentation, Reem Acra included some elegant day wear options with their signature red carpet lineup. We loved this deep purple sheath with textured cap sleeves and lace embellishment. And though the accents were uber chic, the color and the shape were really what we wanted to duplicate for appropriate work wear. And with this pleated Antonio Berardi, we found just that.
The onset of Fall also means the official welcome back to wearing pants. Spring and summer saw a surge in cropped printed pants. Everything from bold floral to tiny digital printing showed up on shelves last season, and we say, why stop the trend? The printed pant need only be slightly modified to be ushered into fall — lengthen, widen and, in this case, add in some purple. Doo.Ri showed off amazing plum-colored, wide-legged pants on her Pre-Fall runway. Her pointillism print is a modern take on floral ad while we love the teeny tiny blossoms, we fell for this more retro-inspired print by See By Chloe. Take the same plum color and add in a little belt and a paper bag waist and we’re on board.
If you feel a little more daring, and want to take one the trendiest colors of next season and pair it with one of the trendiest pieces of the season, we suggest you invest in a fedora. A fedora in a deep eggplant can be as neutral as a black or brown, yet provides that extra pop to make it a true standout. The queen of edgy London-based fashion, Alice Temperley incorporated the trendy toppers into her Pre-Fall collection, sumptuous felt with thick silk bands and a wide brim. The gangster-throwback can be thrown on over a ponytail (as seen here) or even serve as a last-minute bedhead aid. We found an alternative we approved of, compliments of Pucci. Our hats off to them.
And speaking of menswear-inspired pieces, fall fashion also brings other dapper pieces like vests, tuxedo pants, and the always chic velveteen blazer. Tailored exquisitely and as fun to touch as it is to wear, the velveteen blazer looks good on pretty much everyone. Burberry had a decadent dark puce version in their Pre-Fall collection but, sadly for us, only in menswear. But being the resourceful fashion hunters that we are, we were able to unearth a stellar, similarly-hued option from trailblazing stylist, Rachel Zoe. No matter what color dabbling you decide to do this fall, be sure to pepper in some purple and as always, have fun with it!
1. Purple Cap-Sleeved Dress
Runway: Reem Acra Pre-fall 2012 RTW
Real Way: Antonio Berardi Wrap-over Detail Dress, $1406
2. Purple Printed Pants
Runway: Doo.Ri Pre-Fall 2012 RTW
Real Way: See By Chloé Small Flowers Crepe Pants, now $238
3. Purple Fedora
Runway: Alice by Temperley Pre-Fall 2012 RTW
Real Way: Emilio Pucci Wool-felt Fedora, $390
4. Purple Velveteen Blazer
Runway: Burberry Pre-fall 2012 RTW
Real Way: Rachel Zoe Hutton Velvet Blazer, $425
– Alia Rajput
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