Purple was historically the color of royalty for a reason. It’s rich, complex, and a shade of it is flattering on basically every kind of coloring and skin tone in the spectrum. It’s also a lovely way to add a deep, sophisticated color to your holiday wardrobe’s palette without sticking solely to the standard hues of red, green, and white. What more reason do you need to pop a pretty splash of purple into your closet this season?
My latest Goodwill gem is the kind of accessory I just love – pretty but practical, it’s a piece a gal can easily use on a daily basis, but that still feels a little special, and will certainly give a bit of extra charm to any ensemble you pair it with. A pocketbook in a pretty deep purple hue, this bag is large enough to hold all of your everyday necessities – even an extra pair of flats for nights you plan to head out dancing or to a holiday party after an already-long day. This purse’s rectangular shape could look a bit boring or boxy, but the leather exterior isn’t super stiff or structured, giving it a softer, slightly more relaxed feel.
A very versatile find. You could easily throw this bag on over a structured blazer for a big meeting or your go-to black dress for a cocktail party or other holiday shindig. But this darling purse also works divinely with more casual items of clothing. Here, I’ve paired it with a simple, straight-legged gray trouser in a soft cotton – the kind of pant that goes with literally everything at this time of year, and can easily be dressed up or down. For a somewhat fancier outfit, top the trousers with a flowing, jewel-toned blouse in a silky or satiny fabric. Here, I’ve gone a bit more laid-back and chosen an everyday sweater with a feminine scoop neck and fitted, figure-hugging cut instead. The sweater is also in a lovely (and quite similar) shade of purple to the bag – while I’m not usually one for matching my outfits perfectly, or matching my bag to anything at all – I love this color so much, totally saturating my top half in it was something I just couldn’t resist trying. With another bright accessory – like a long, shimmering metallic necklace – to break it up a bit, the purple-on-purple combination could really work well and make the whole ensemble, casual as it is, feel polished and put together.
Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer. Follow her on twitter.
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