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Lilac was a major player on the SS17 catwalks, but as fashion’s most controversial hue, will you succumb to this sherbet shade?
It’s been trying to shake off those wedding guest connotations for years and now, thanks to Victoria Beckham and Erdem, lilac is officially the colour to be seen in this summer (soz, yellow). But how, we hear you cry, do you wear it without looking like a walking, talking Parma Violet? Let’s just say this trend is best worn simply (read: avoid head-to-toe frills) and with minimal accessories. Love it or hate it, one thing’s for sure, you’ll find it hard to avoid this hue as it’s all over the high street. From Mango’s high-waist trousers to Topshop’s pleated midi dress, there’s a profusion of pastel pieces to choose from. Fair skintones should opt for stronger shades to sidestep any washed-out situs, while darker complexions can get away with any tone that takes their sartorial fancy. All together now: we like to mauve it, mauve it. A pun too far? Never.
1 Trousers, £49.99, Mango 2 Earrings, £, Freedom at Topshop 3 Sunglasses, £8, Dorothy Perkins 4 Clutch, £89, Whistles 5 Jumpsuit, £59, Miss Selfridge 6 Top, £9.99, H&M 7 Dress, £9, Topshop 8 Top, £28, Wallis 9 Skirt, £24.99, New Look Boutique 10 Mules, £5, Dorothy Perkins 11 Top, £, Miss Selfridge 12 Top, £9, Warehouse 13 Dress, £4, River Island