Move over, millennial pink – lilac is here, and all the flirty pinkish purple variations that come along with it. Ultra-Violet named Pantone’s color of the year has been sprinkling into fashion since summer 2016. The variety of lilac shades from gray lilacs to rich almost fuchsia tones make this trend as customizable as it is trendy. As seen on many bloggers, models and babes like us, lilac is growing out of its box as a cute mani-pedi color to something much more wearable and sophisticated in fashion. As the perfect combination of violet and baby pink, this shade isn’t as innocent as blush pink, but isn’t as bold as magenta or mulberry. Lilac fits right in with our spring pastel range and is very flattering on warm honey, caramel and cinnamon skin tones.
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Not sure you’re a fan of lilac just yet? Rest assured I will have tips for those of us that love this trend and those of us that prefer a more muted and minimalist color palette.
If you’re not a fan of lilac, accessorize with it.
Finding a trend that suits your style is a lot like making friends. There may be a bunch of people out there that you respect and admire, and even socialize with here and there, but your #squad is only made up of the baddest, nicest, funniest chicas you know. Align yourself with trends that are flattering and that make you have fun with fashion. With that said, if you’re tempted by the lilac trend but you aren’t sure if it has a place to call home in your closet, start small and look for lilacs that suit your everyday color palette.
- Find a poppin’ pair of lilac pumps or sneakers and wear them with your spring sundresses and floral print tops.
- Love pins? Add a pin adorned in lilac shades to your daily denim, handbag or rock it on your shirt lapel.
- Go #basic with a lilac mani or pedi.
- Look for some colorful fringe or drop earrings to frame your face.
- Add a lilac printed scarf, tassel or chain to your handbag for a fun pop of color and personality.
Consider yourself a minimalist? Go with a lilac statement piece.
I know that being a minimalist fashionista means focusing on tailoring and silhouette. Some of the lilac pieces I have seen have been in very textured fabrics, colorful prints, daring cuts or are bold accessories that might not fit in with your aesthetic. Never fear – the lilac statement piece is here.
My advice is to start by adding one key lilac element into your wardrobe. Since statement pieces tend to be a bit of an investment, go for something that can last you through the summer and that you’ll get plenty of use out of, but it should also be something you can swap for another item in your closet for variety. Try wearing this piece to (3) different types of outings – most likely, office, girls’ night out, brunch/shopping/vacation – and see how you can weave them into those three outings effectively. Maximize them, Miss Minimalist. And before you know it, voila! You’re rocking the lilac trend.
- Another trend this season is a 2.0 take on the trench. Find one in the perfect lilac hue to make your complexion sing.
- Everybody loves a chic work bag, especially when its new for the season. Shove your laptop, wallet, keys and signature lipstick into a boxy little lilac tote and make it your new best friend.
- Spring weather can still be chilly. Find a scarf, beanie or hat, and the bright color will remind you of clearer skies soon to come.
On a personal note, I must say I truly envy those of you that can pull off the minimalist look. Every time I try I look like a total poser. But we’re here to talk about you, not me.
Love lilac, but don’t have any in your wardrobe? Fashion inspo time!
All of us have suffered the “omg I have nothing to wear” crisis, except this time it’s with lilac specifically. These can happen anytime there’s a new trend in town but don’t do what I always do, which is immediately go out and buy everything I can find that has anything at all to do with said trend.
- Start with Pinterest! This is my favorite fashion inspiration resource. Go and search a bunch of related terms to the trend you’re trying to find. For lilac, it might be something like, “lilac fashion, lilac fashion style, spring lilac, lilac trend fashion.”
- Pin away! Create a board and pin-pin-pin your favorite things. The more you pin, the more things Pinterest will suggest to you that you may actually like. You can even shop pins if they are linked to a blog post or ad.
- Then look at the items you’ve pinned and style them with other pieces already in your wardrobe. Buy a few pieces that you know you will wear, and make sure they are in different categories such as a bright lilac cardigan, soft gray lilac pair of joggers and a cutesy lilac handbag.
If you aren’t sure how to style lilac, go figure-flattering.
For some of us, styling can seem so challenging. We’ve got to save money, go shopping, find the exact right piece and then pair it with complimentary items and then after all that, #picsoritdidnthappen am I right? But that’s also the reason why it’s fun. In the case of trend styling, look for pieces in desirable shades that are figure flattering and still fit in with your overall look.
- Wanna show off your tatas? Look for off-the-shoulder tops and dresses for a romantic springtime look.
- Bring drama to your derriere with lilac jeans or a skirt in midi or maxi lengths, then pair your separates with complimentary shades in weather appropriate pieces.
- Go full athleisure with a sporty lilac tank, spandex set or feminine sneakers to spice up your errands or workout.
Ways to style lilac…
- M O N O C H R O M A T I C
- M I X P R I N T S
- C O L O R B L O C K I N G
- L I L A C S T A T E M E N T P I E C E
M O N O C H R O M A T I C
The most popular way to wear lilac this season is in a monochromatic look. Monochromatic doesn’t have to mean a full outfit of the exact same shade of lilac, but rather a look composed of similar hues. Above, I have inserted a photo of major fashion blogger Aimee Song ( @songofstyle ) rocking the monochromatic and lilac trends for eBay Fashion. As you can see, her culottes are slightly lighter and more faded in color than the shade of her shirt, which is closer to true lavender. I love how she kept all the other elements of her outfit simple, with metallic pops and transparent pieces to keep the focus on the true lilac theme.
General guidelines for monochromatic styling:
- Don’t worry about matching your shoes, handbag, jewelry or makeup. Let the fabric speak for itself and accessorize with items that allow your clothing to shine.
- This trend looks amazing when rocking separates! Wide leg pants with a boxy crop, high-waisted shorts and a three quarter sleeved boat neck, a strappy dress, and lightweight kimono – the combos are endless.
- Matchy-matchy might work for you, but slight variations work even better. Blending in different shades of lilac, lavender and violet make each individual piece truly pop.
M I X P R I N T S
I was gifted this top for Christmas and for months, I’ve been looking for a skirt or pant to match the pop of lilac in the print. I landed on this Eva Mendes collection pencil skirt and the combo was a match made in fashion heaven. Don’t be intimidated by a bold print! The shirt I am wearing here (along with the skirt, are both) from New York & Company, is a bright red shade with dark navy and the lilac pop, but since red isn’t really my color I knew I wanted to take this in a more colorful direction. When pairing lilac with a print, look for a print that contains similar hues. It doesn’t have to be an exact shade match, but a close cousin will bring the whole look together.
General guidelines for mixing prints:
- For spring, pastels are perfection. Don’t be afraid to mix your soft floral prints with more neutral and geometric patterns.
- Mixing prints is a language, and its really easy to miscommunicate with this trend. Go for one print that is louder, and another that is understated.
- In terms of volume, the larger the print, the smaller the body part it should adorn.
C O L O R – B L O C K I N G
If you don’t know about Folake of The Style Pantry, honey – it’s about time you give her a follow. Her style is so chic and polished, and her photos and styling are always on point. I’ve seen the above photo of her floating around Pinterest and on her Instagram page and thought this is a great representation of color-blocking with lilac. And aren’t those pants irresistible? As soon as I am done writing this, I am going to hunt them down.
General guidelines for color-blocking:
- Look for flat fabrics – no prints or embellishments.
- Tailoring is the bible with this. Don’t go for silhouettes that are complicated or fussy. A simple buttoned blouse, cropped culottes, a flirty godet skirt…clean lines, ladies.
- Pair pieces that are opposite in color. Folake uses yellow and lilac which is such an irresistible combo for spring. Another combo I love – neon orange and deep, electric blue (with a pop of red, though? Mwah, fab).
S T A T E M E N T P I E C E
For me, this look is definitely more chill, laidback and relaxed; the type of outfit I would wear just adventuring around the city. Because I’m wearing stiff denim and simple slides, my sweater gets all the attention. The soft lilac shade is perfect for pairing with lots of spring skirts (hello again, prints) but will transition well into fall when I reintroduce plums, berries and wine shades back into my wardrobe. Because I can’t resist having a little fun, I decided to add a pop of color by matching my lipstick.
General guidelines for rocking a statement piece:
- Keep the other elements of the outfit simple, but not plain Jane. The statement piece should be the Beyonce, but Kelly and Michelle are still bad*ss ladies, too.
- If you can’t imagine wearing this piece to any activity in your standard week, ask yourself if it is a good investment. Of course, we all have work-wear, night-wear, and weekend-wear, but if this piece doesn’t hit 2 out of 3, there’s a good chance it might end up collecting dust in your closet.
- Make sure the item is versatile. This piggy-backs off of the last point, but take the white collar shirt for example. We can wear that tucked into slacks, or tied up with high-waisted jeans, or with leather leggings and booties for a rocker meets model chic look.
- Sweater | Forever 21 Plus
- Jeans | Forever 21 Plus (sold out)
- Boots | Target (kids’ section – sold out)
- Bag | Forever 21 (old, but I love their current selection of pink bags!)
- Top | New York & Company (sold out)
- Skirt | New York & Company, Eva Mendes collection
In case it wasn’t obvious already, I’m dressing on a budget. Some of my favorite stores lately are Asos, Forever 21 and New York & Company for work-wear. Many of the beautiful, drool-worthy lilac pieces I have seen have been from high-end designers with price tags in the hundreds, and that may be your jam! Tibi has some beautiful pieces as well as Shopbop, and Net-A-Porter (of course). Otherwise, look to Asos and Forever 21 for some affordably-priced lilac pieces to style yourself in this spring and summer season. Thank you for reading!