You may never be royal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress the part. The color purple, which is associated with wealth, prestige and luxury, used to be so insanely expensive back in the day that only the very rich (and ruling class) could even afford to wear it. If you’re giving a speech or hoping to land a raise at work, try adding an air of confidence to your ensemble with a touch of purple. Beware though, as too much purple can make you come across as fake or just look like a total teen. Stick to simple accessories in rich shades for a sophisticated and regal style that screams power woman ready to take on the world. Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Color of the Year, is another fabulous and on-trend choice for the fashionable lady who wants to stand out from the crowd.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Canvas Sneakers (Net-a-porter.com, $50); The Leather Satchel Company Purple Satchel (ASOS.com, $107); Wildfox Couture Classic Fox Deluxe Sunglasses (Wildfoxcouture.com, $179); Cult Gaia Lana Flower Crown Headwrap (Urbanoutfitters.com, $60); Purple Toy Watch (CUSP.com, $195); B. Brilliant Purple Cubic Zirconia Round Stud Earrings (Macys.com, $25)
In addition to being the color of royalty, purple is also supposed to spark creativity, which is probably why artists, musicians and writers tend to be drawn to it so much. When used in moderation, purple is uplifting and inspiring. To snap ingenious photos that will likely get you a ton of love on Instagram, why not pick up a purple camera or deck out your iPhone in a purple case? To escape reality and drift off into fantasyland, purple headphones and/or a wireless speaker may just be the key to helping you get lost in the music. If you’re hitting the yoga studio, put on a purple fitness band to track your progress and help you get in touch with your spiritual side.
FRENDS Taylor Holographic Headphones (Farfetch.com, $281); KENZO Purple Tiger Logo Iphone 5 Case (Ssense.com, $60); iHome Mini Wireless Speaker (Urbanoutfitters.com, $40); Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band (Finishline.com, $130); Samsung Plum DV150F DualView Digital Camera (Walmart.com, $150); UO Dual USB Car Charger (Urbanoutfitters.com, $14)
Liven up your living space with a pop of purple this summer. A groovy lava lamp is the ideal accent piece for the boho chic chick that wants to channel her inner Austin Powers without completely going overboard. For a relaxing room that calms and soothes the mind, choose purple decor (like faux flowers), as the color is strongly linked to spirituality and meditation. Want to create a luxe living room environment? A purple rug is by far the way to go; it’s mysterious yet eye-catching, lavish looking and unique all at once. In Feng Shui, it’s highly advised to use the color purple sparingly since too much is thought to promote or worsen depression in some people.
Reversible Purple And Natural Peace/Love Pop Throw Pillow (Jonathanadler.com, $145); Rugs USA Winsdor Overdyed Grove Violet Rug (Rugsusa.com, $196); Purple and Pink Silver Base Lava Lamp (Lampsplus.com, $20); Purple Beauty Botanical (Blisshomeanddesign.com, $339); Crystal Skull Votive (Ahalife.com, $50); Anthropologie Simmered Glass Knob (Anthropologie.com, $6)
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