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Power of Purple: Lavender and Lilac Fabric & Fashion Trends

Power of Purple: Lavender and Lilac Fabric & Fashion Trends

Purple is a colour that has long been associated with royalty, luxury, and creativity. This regal hue has been a favourite of designers and fashion lovers for centuries, and it continues to be a popular colour choice in modern times. In particular, shades of lavender and lilac have been dominating the fabric and fashion trends in recent years. Let's explore the power of purple and how you can incorporate this beautiful colour into your wardrobe.

The Meaning of Lavender and Lilac

Lavender and lilac are two shades of purple that are often used inter­chan­ge­ably, but they have slightly different meanings. Lavender is a light, pale purple with a blue tint, while lilac is a brighter, pinker shade of purple. Both colours are associated with femininity, grace, and elegance, but lavender is also linked to spirituality, meditation, and relaxation. Lilac, on the other hand, is often associated with youthfulness, playfulness, and whimsy.

Fabric Trends

When it comes to fabric trends, lavender and lilac have been making a big splash in 2023. These shades of purple have been popping up in everything from soft, flowing dress fabrics like chiffon and organza to sturdy, structured materials like denim and leather. One of the most popular ways to wear lavender and lilac fabrics is in dresses and skirts. A lavender chiffon maxi dress is perfect for a romantic summer evening, while a lilac crepe skirt adds a touch of edgy femininity to a fall outfit.

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Fashion Trends

In addition to dressmaking fabrics, lavender and lilac have been dominating recent fashion trends. With Victoria Beckham showcasing her ruffled silk crepe de chine maxi dress and the catwalk full of pastel purple shades; head-to-toe lavender or lilac look is both bold and sophisticated. Another popular trend is to pair lavender and lilac dress fabrics with other pastel colours, such as pale pink, mint green, or baby blue. This creates a soft, romantic look that is perfect for spring and summer.

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Lilac Cotton Shirting

Victoria Becham ruffled silk crepe de chine maxi dress 

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Lilac Dress Fabric


If you're not quite ready to embrace the full-on lavender and lilac trend, you can still incorporate these shades into your wardrobe with accessories. A lavender scarf or lilac handbag adds a pop of colour to a neutral outfit, while lavender or lilac shoes make a statement without overwhelming your look. You can also add some lavender or lilac jewellery to your collection, such as earrings or a necklace, to add a touch of purple to your everyday outfits.

So why not try incorporating some lavender or lilac into your next sewing project?

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