retrofitted – the color purple

retrofitted ultra violet

I knew when I selected purple kitten wallpaper for my bedroom (in second grade) that I was onto something. Varying shades of purple have colored my life throughout the years, from bridesmaid dresses to the carpet in my first apartment to an ultra-suede suit I once made. And now my good taste is once again validated, as Pantone unveils its 2018 color of the year … Ultra Violet. Yes!

ultra violet

But before I show you my favorite Ultra Violet must-haves for this year, let’s pay homage to a few fashions from the past and their creative take on the color purple.

ultra violet
Dress from 1949 Vogue magazine; 1970s wide-legged pants & silk blouse; 1980s Yves Saint Laurent lilac suede suite; suede vest & mini skirt from 70s; light & dark purple mini dress from 70s.

What I love about the color purple is that it definitely evokes femininity, but in a more contemplative and serious way than little girl pink or bold fuchsia. Now, how to get this fabulous color in your life? You won’t believe all the items on store shelves in this color, and they are not only limited to apparel. I’m talking jewelry, luggage, lipstick and even coffee makers! Take a look at some of my favorites.

ultra violet nail polish
Ultra Violet nail polish – love this!
ultra violet chuck taylors
Would you believe Ultra Violet Chuck Taylors?
orla kiely bag
If you’re up for a splurge, get this beautiful Orla Kiely handbag!
amy butler fabric
Into fabric? Amy Butler’s newest collection, Soul Mate, is all about the color purple.

There are also lots of ways to add touches of purple to your wardrobe. 

ultra violet
L to R: classic pencil skirt; cotton gauze blouse in small violet print; bold & big necklace with orange & Ultra Violet beads

Are you inspired to add some Ultra Violet to your life? A new purse, a throw pillow, jewelry? If you decide on purple kitten wallpaper, though, I must see photos.

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Hi, I'm Wendy. Southern by birth, Francophile by marriage, bohemian by nature, and minimalist by choice. Check out and join me in a year of making beautiful things.

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  1. Oooh! For once (at least colour-wise!) I can say that I’m in style – as I read this post, I’m wearing an electric purple wiggle dress! I love the colour purple!

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