If fashion was a person it would be a forgetful eccentric - definitely not someone you could trust with your life.
By its own nature fashion is fickle and unreliable, with a memory span that rarely stretches beyond six months. What was last month's Next Big Thing can fall victim to mass popularity and lose its desirability among the fashion elite quicker than you can say, “that’s so last year dahling”.
Sometimes, however, you find fashion repeating itself. Take, for example, purple, which we should apparently all be wearing it for autumn/winter 2012.
The thing is though, I remember hearing this same line in autumn/winter 2011. And, forgive me if I’m wrong, but I am pretty certain purple was the colour of the season for autumn/winter 2010. Like fizzy pop on an empty stomach, fashion is repeating on us.
It’s groundhog day folks, so if you bought lots of purple clothes last winter and the winter before, its time to move them to the front of your wardrobe. Again.
Lucky for me, purple has been my favourite colour for as long as I can remember. I don’t know whether my love of this hue is due to my lifelong Prince fanaticism or my teenage desire to just be “different”, Ribena-berry has always been my favourite shade on the purple spectrum. Lilac is the colour of little girl bedrooms, and tweenage pencil cases. Violet is for adults.
Looking around the shops and the internet there’s not a great deal of quality plus-size clothing in purple, but ever the optimist, I’m hoping that maybe this is just because we’re at the start of the season and the best is yet to come. There are, however, a plethora of accessories. Handbags and shoes (almost) always fit, so here are the best of the deep purple items I’ve found so far.
Nailing two trends in one- the purple peplum dress, £36, from New Look.
Wedge heels rule the world. The perfect shoe for all night dancing and cavorting, £45, from Office.
I’m so glad Style 369 exists. Where else could I get bangles big enough to fit over my man sized hands? £12.50, style369.com.
Forever 21 sheer cutout top, £12.75, forever21.com
Gold studded purple suede. Happiness in bag form, £20, from Oasis.
What do you think - is purple the colour for you, or is it best left to tweenage pencil cases?