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Fashion Edit: The Purple One

Here’s why lilac is this Summer’s must-wear colour

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 30.06.2021

Lilac is the colour that has been strutting down the runways more than any other so far this year, which can only mean one thing – it’s surely the hottest look for Summer ’21.

Having last had its ‘moment’ back in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, lilac is back. And we are loving it.

A perfect shade to inject a little more colour into your wardrobe while still keeping things pastel-chic and subtle, lilac is just as stylish on the beach as it is on a night out with the gals. Plus, it’s suits any skin tone – so you know you’re onto a winner.

To save you a job (we’re good like that), we’ve scoured our top buys in our latest lust list to help you stay bang on trend this season…

Roman - Lilac Button Detail Broderie Top - £25.00

Zara - Contrast T-Shirt - £17.99

Mango - Lace Panel Cotton Blouse - £29.99 (was £35.99)

Mimi’s Edit - Lilac Knowles Blouse - £58.00


How hard is it right now to find a nice top for the ‘nice top and jeans’ nights out?! Well you can stop stressing – we’ve made the decision so much easier for you. Beautiful blouses or cute crop tops, here are our top picks to get that lilac look.

Dressmeze - Ruched Long Sleeve Bardot Dress - £45.00

Zara - Midi Dress With Draped Detail - £29.99

Missguided - Floral Ruffle Wrap Tea Dress - £22.40 (was £28.00)

More Mia - The Laura Dress - £21.00 (was £29.00)


Conquer the heatwave with these loose-fitting dresses that will help you get the lilac trend in a breeze. From a day in the office to after-work drinks, these summer staple shirt-dresses will have you covered for any occasion.

Ro&Zo - Lilac Sweatshirt - £27.00

Ro&Zo - Lilac Joggers - £27.00

Eccentric Clothing - Loungewear Top, Shorts and Scrunchi - £44.95

Loop Cashmere - Cashmere Relaxed V Neck Sweater In Parma - £129.00 (was £199.00)

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Many of us are back in the office now, but many more will still be working from home. But don’t let that be an excuse to skip the season’s trends – after all, who knows who could knock on your door?!

Stripes Of Morpeth - Purple Three Zip Leather Purse - £12.00

Zara - Quilted Shoulder Bag With Chain - £25.99

ASOS Design - Hosta Weave Mid Heeled Mules - £25.00

Lielle Womenswear - Mini Scrunchie Lilac Organza - £2.00 (was £8.00)


The beauty of lilac is its subtlety, and what better way to be subtle than by using on-trend accessories? Pair any one of these lilac accessories with either a simple black or white dress and you’ll update your wardrobe without having to fork out a fortune.


Leighton Denny Boutique - My Zen Place - £12.00

Beauty Bay - Liquid Crystal Eyeshadow - £6.00

SW Nails - Squareletto Glossy False Nails - £4.36

Annabelle Minerals - Lilac Mineral Eyeshadow - £9.90


Time to be bold. And why not, after hibernating indoors for so long? Make a statement with lilac eyeshadow (especially perfect for those blessed with green eyes), and nail art that’ll spice up your next salon trip.


Bleach London - Lavender Grey Toner Kit - £9.00

Beauty Kick - Wella Colour Fresh Create, Pure Violet - £10.80

Superdrug - Live Ultra Brights Pretty Pastels P120 Lilac Crush - £4.79

ASOS - L’Oreal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Lilac Purple Temporary Blonde Hair Colour - £6.99


With festival season just around the corner, why not be adventurous and try something new? We’re loving this pastel shade in our hair. And, as we venture into the ‘new normal’, it’s a perfect excuse for a fresh start. As the saying goes: new hair, new you…


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