Pretty in Purple

The classic color of royalty is the ideal autumn hue. Many of us traditionally choose reds, oranges, and golds during the fall months – and those are always a beautifully bright and stylish alternative to the chilly season’s otherwise pretty bland palette of grays, browns, creams and blacks. But this week’s utterly fabulous find – a lovely and feminine hat in deep purple velvet – comes in a wonderfully rich eggplant color that will flatter just about any skin tone or coloring.

It’s a perfect pick during the cold months if the thought of those tried-and-true selections bores you a bit (or just doesn’t suit you). The subtly ruched fabric on the top portion of this hat, along with the darling flower detail off to one side,  is decidedly feminine, and the luxurious velvet fabric is soft and oh-so-sophisticated.

Though it might seem a little old-fashioned at first glance, this alluring head-topper in a luscious aubergine purple is the perfect vintage pick to keep you warm and stylish throughout the fall and winter.
Though it might seem a little old-fashioned at first glance, this alluring head-topper in a luscious aubergine purple is the perfect vintage pick to keep you warm and stylish throughout the fall and winter.

 

Go old-school this autumn. This haute hat might seem a little too refined – or even too costumey – for the average young lady-about-town to pull off with ease. But really, it’s all in the attitude, and if it makes you feel like a retro beauty (as this piece does for me), then it’ll never do you wrong. Use it to add a fancy flourish to a demure or otherwise classic look that is just crying out for a little extra something.

Here, I’ve decided to pair it with some skinny pants in a very girly lavender hue – I just can’t get enough of the fantastically flattering purple! On top, I’ve chosen a cozy cardigan in a floral black-and-white print. This outfit has a modern-day touch, but the cuts are classic , so they do a great job of complementing this elegant accessory. If you’re not into slim-cut pants, go for another equally timeless piece on the bottom, like a figure-hugging pencil skirt.

With an outfit this simple and classy, and such a fabulously ostentatious hat to top it all off, keep your jewelry basic. Choose classic, delicate pieces to create a look that’s altogether chic and sophisticated, without having too many statement pieces on at once all fighting for attention. For a final (and modern) flourish, choose flat, streamlined ankle booties in a soft, subtle gray or taupe – they’ll anchor this classy look (and keep your precious toes nice and toasty) while still adding a more current edge to your timeless ensemble.

 To best show off a glam vintage hat like this one,  pair it with classic, forever-chic pieces like a black-and-white cardigan, neutral booties, and form-fitting trousers.
To best show off a glam vintage hat like this one, pair it with classic, forever-chic pieces like a black-and-white cardigan, neutral booties, and form-fitting trousers.

 

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