Vi­o­let hour

The Globe and Mail (Alberta Edition) - - PURSUITS - – ODESSA PALOMA PARKER

Ev­ery­where I look, I see pink, pink, pink! The mil­len­ni­als can keep their colour – I’m on the hunt for a more unique hue that will work year-round. What’s a good al­ter­na­tive?

You’ll see as we move into fall that jewel tones and deeper shades, such as mus­tard, will start creep­ing into sight. But un­til then, why not re­tain a sense of fresh­ness with a bright pur­ple such as li­lac, orchid or amethyst? Designer Rok­sanda Illincic tapped the trend with a monochro­matic suit in a sweet shade of laven­der and when worn with a bit of black (in, say, a blouse or trousers), pur­ple pieces can re­main in your wardrobe ro­ta­tion as a sta­ple. Just tem­per them with a neu­tral, and voila!

If, like me, you plan to hold on to sum­mer as long as pos­si­ble, J.Crew’s snappy, strappy san­dals with bold buckles can take you through days at the of­fice and week­ends out and about; they would look gor­geous with a printed maxi dress or smart suit with cropped trousers. Tibi’s wide-leg jeans are cer­tainly eye-catch­ing, so wear them with a sim­ple but­ton-up shirt and white sneak­ers to keep the look pol­ished.

A new Dan­ish brand has re­cently come to my at­ten­tion. Its ba­sics, crafted from al­paca wool, are clas­sic and the la­bel serves an im­por­tant so­cial cause: Car­cel em­ploys women in the Peru­vian prison sys­tem to make their wares, of­fer­ing them fair wages and a chance to de­velop a skill. Scoop up a soft, sweat­shirt-style top by the com­pany and wear it with dark denim or light khaki bot­toms; the hue is just that ver­sa­tile. There’s a rea­son pur­ple reigns, af­ter all. Have a style query that needs solv­ing? Send your ques­tions to oparker@globe­and­mail.com.

Rok­sanda’s lovely laven­der suit is a breath of fresh air in the pre­fall fash­ion land­scape.

Gar­ment dyed twill wide-leg jeans, US$425 through tibi.com.

Car­cel Uni baby al­paca t-shirt, US$190 through net-a-porter.com.

Suede strappy buck­led san­dals, $162 through jcrew.com.

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