The World Of Matching Purple… Or Something Like It

1210-13Purple is my favourite colour and it always has been.
Not only am I fascinated by this colour which contains a perfect balance of cool (blue) and warmth (red). I also love the purple colour group, from amethyst; violet; lavender; eggplant; indigo; orchid to plum.., just to name a few.

It’s not just the fashion world that loves this colour, this striking, vibrant tone has been associated with royalty from long, long ago – both in the East and the West.
In a more recent approach, purple garments dominated the fashion scene in the ’80s and ’90s. We’ve all seen (if not done and danced in) those matchy-matchy purple outfits. And let’s not forget, MORE matching purple accessories and make up too!

These days I prefer to pair my purple clothes with white; lime; even bright orange (In this case, I’d use one of the contrasting colours in small doses!)
Occasionally, I still see women wearing the top to toe purple ensemble, by saying that, here’s an old photo I dug out featuring yours truly (aka moi; me; vivalaViv) doing just that: a lavender jumper; a red-violet pendant and the amethyst eye shadow…

Hey, every trend (well, almost every trend) eventually makes a comeback. For example, French luxury fashion house Balmain recreated ’80s fashion trend for its spring summer collection 2014. So, no hurry throwing our purple outfits out.., at least not yet anyway!

Here I’d like to share an image I selected from the internet of more matching purple looks. It’s not a re-creation, this matchy-matchy fitness wear was so in trend back in the ’80s!
If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, did you have a similar look that you’d like to tell us about?

Main photo credit: Road Wang



  1. Purple is is also one of my favourite colours, for many reasons. It is the colour of my birth stone Amethyst for February. Some interesting facts…The color purple has been associated with royalty, power and wealth for centuries. In fact, Queen Elizabeth I forbad anyone except close members of the royal family to wear it. Purple’s elite status stems from the rarity and cost of the dye originally used to produce it Purple fabric used to be so outrageously expensive that only rulers could afford it. The dye initially used to make purple came from the Phoenician trading city of Tyre, which is now in modern-day Lebanon. Fabric traders obtained the dye from a small mollusk that was only found in the Tyre region of the Mediterranean Sea.. lot of work went into producing the dye, as more than 9,000 mollusks were needed to create just one gram of Tyrian purple. Since only wealthy rulers could afford to buy and wear the color , it became associated with the imperial classes of Rome, Egypt, and Persia. Purple also came to represent spirituality and holiness because the ancient emperors, kings and queens that wore the color were often thought of as gods or descendants of the gods…….It will make you look at purple now in a different perceptive. Purple is also a warm, rich and inviting colour. I am attracted to the vibrancy of this beautiful colour. And on a final note, if Nature can adore herself in this beautiful colour, we cannot go wrong.

    • LOVE your comment Ann-maree.
      Thank you for providing us the back ground and the history of the colour purple! It’s fantastic!!!

      P.S. Same as you, my birth stone is Amethyst! 🙂 X

  2. I love purple too…. in all it’s variations. I would love to have that sweater… but in a larger size, of course!!!!!!!!!

    • Thank you for your compliment Carmen. I just visited your ‘Lavender’ post; you look gorgeous in that lavender skirt and I love the yellow touch of your wide brimmed hat!
      Cheers to Lavender!!

      Vivienne 😉

  3. It is not the color that fascinates me, but with a model so beautiful…
    Even in the subway tunnels of Budapest you see colors with different eyes… 🙂

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