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Shade to Crave: Electric Purple

I used to be little Ms. Neutral with my clothes. Black, white, and beige were the only shades I would touch, a common problem amongst women especially here in NYC where black will always be the new black. In time, I branched out and dipped my toes into some other colorful pools (as evidenced by my affinity for shade to crave posts) which has added a much needed burst of fun into my wardrobe.

Electric purple is one of the first bold colors I dared to try- it was an electric purple dress that I wore to a cocktail party for a new handbag line. I went up to the unbelieveably hot bartender to order a drink and he smiled and told me he noticed me the second I walked in the room. I asked why and he said: “I love it when girls wear that kind of purple. It’s just really bold and sexy.” No arguments here.

Purple was also a major trend on the Fall runways. We saw a whole range of purples from pastel to neon on everything in between, but my focus is definitely on the striking, electric shade. Like bold blue, electric purple is ultra flattering on all complexions and is just so inherently sexy. There is also no wrong way to wear this color. You can go the extra mile and team it with some other stand-out pieces, make your purple piece really pop by pairing it with black (just look at how a purple cardi took Mary-Kate’s LBD to a whole new level!), or temper it by wearing it with soft and subtle neutrals, which may be your best best for daytime.

Read on for my top electric purple pics!

Diane Von Furstenberg Twisted Wilma Dress, $298. I adore the fuss-free fabulousness of this slouchy tunic-dress.
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French Connection Annie Dress
, $178. Team this with black tights and killer pumps for a sizzling style.
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American Apparel Micro-Fiber Tulip Skirt, $28. A sexy mini that does all the talking.
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LNA Purple Zipper Leggings, $98. Wear these with anything from an oversized tee to a sexy tank and boyfriend blazer.
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Tibi Strapless Dress, $385. Simultaneously sweet and spicy.
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Free People Sporty Colorblock Tunic, $68. Loving the avant-garde silhouette.
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Volcom Wrapture Open Wrap Cardigan, $48. Take your look to the next level with a cozy purple cardi.
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AKA New York Wrap Dress, $298. A fun, wearable style that calls for loads of playful accessories.
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Naven Purple Heart Throb Dress, $260. A killer head-turning cocktail frock.
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Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Purple Frill Trim Pea Coat, $757. Enliven your winter wardrobe with this funky pea coat.
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Splash image by Meagan Aguayo

Written by Sabrina Alexis

I’m Sabrina Alexis, the co-founder, and co-editor of A New Mode. I love writing relatable, insightful articles that help people understand relationship dynamics and how to get the love they want. I have a degree in psychology and have spent the last 10 years interviewing countless men and reading and studying as much as I can to better understand human psychology and how men operate. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Instagram.

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I agree Purple is def in! I got a purple Big Buddha bag and i get so many compliments on it! Loves it!

Reply November 6, 2009, 11:43 am


I agree, I am usually a neutral color person when it comes to clothing choices but I just recently bought a bold purple dress by Velvet and love it! I want to wear it all the time because of the color it brings to my wardrobe. Great color for fall/ winter!

Reply November 3, 2009, 8:11 pm

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