4 Easy Ways To Style The “It” Color Of Fall 2020

Kim Duong
·3 min read

Let’s talk leveling up your wardrobe for fall, because, if you’re anything like us, your search history is largely speckled with links to autumn must-haves anyway. The formula tends to be the same each year (sweaters, leather jackets, boots), but if you’re looking for a wardrobe refresh, why not try going for something in the color of the season: purple.

Purple is a far cry from the usual reds and browns we’re so used to seeing this time of year, but maybe that’s what makes it so current. Not to mention, shades of lilac and violet have dominated the runways lately, so we know it’s been approved by the very arbiters of fashion themselves.

For some purple fall fashion inspo (with a bit of beauty thrown in), we've teamed up with Macy’s to show you four different ways to wear it, from a sharp suit look to an unexpected twist on the slip-dress trend.

Our deepest condolences if you're still mourning the end of summer, but the good news is you can start breaking out the knits now. Embrace the cardigan-as-a-top trend by buttoning up an aubergine one and pairing it with a leather pencil skirt, then adding floral drop earrings. Who said you can’t wear two different shades of purple at once? Not us, especially when the rest of the outfit is pretty neutral.<br><br><strong>Charter Club</strong> Cashmere Essential Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fcharter-club-cashmere-essential-cardigan-created-for-macys%3FID%3D9143281%26CategoryID%3D260" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Mango</strong> Opening Pencil Skirt, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fmango-opening-pencil-skirt%3FID%3D10570124%26CategoryID%3D118%26isDlp%3Dtrue%26isDlp%3Dtrue%26sizes%3DDEPARTMENT_TYPE%21%21Skirts" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Madden Girl</strong> Bella Two-Piece Block Heel Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fmadden-girl-bella-two-piece-block-heel-sandals%3FID%3D2631402%26CategoryID%3D71123%26swatchColor%3DTortoise%2520Patent" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Zenzii</strong> Gold-Tone Painted Flower Drop Earrings, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fzenzii-gold-tone-painted-flower-drop-earrings%3FID%3D11210520%26CategoryID%3D78233%26swatchColor%3DDusty%2520Rose" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>
Our deepest condolences if you're still mourning the end of summer, but the good news is you can start breaking out the knits now. Embrace the cardigan-as-a-top trend by buttoning up an aubergine one and pairing it with a leather pencil skirt, then adding floral drop earrings. Who said you can’t wear two different shades of purple at once? Not us, especially when the rest of the outfit is pretty neutral.

Charter Club Cashmere Essential Cardigan, $, available at Macy's

Mango Opening Pencil Skirt, $, available at Macy's

Madden Girl Bella Two-Piece Block Heel Sandals, $, available at Macy's

Zenzii Gold-Tone Painted Flower Drop Earrings, $, available at Macy's
The pantsuit gets a sexy makeover with this satin blazer-and-pant combo. Layer a lilac tank underneath and keep the rest of the look edgy with a pair of mixed-metal earrings. Then, to tie it all together, spritz on a scent that’s both vibrantly floral and sensually musky.<br><br><strong>DKNY</strong> Tri-Tone Shaky Block Drop Earrings, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fdkny-tri-tone-shaky-block-drop-earrings%3FID%3D9353334%26CategoryID%3D78233" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Karen Scott</strong> Cotton Square-Neck Tank Top, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fkaren-scott-plus-size-cotton-square-neck-tank-top-created-for-macys%3FID%3D10418905%26CategoryID%3D34048%26swatchColor%3DLilac%2520Sachet" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Danielle Bernstein</strong> Belted Satin Blazer, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fdanielle-bernstein-plus-size-belted-satin-blazer-created-for-macys%3FID%3D11253183%26CategoryID%3D46203" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Danielle Bernstein</strong> Satin Pants, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fdanielle-bernstein-plus-size-satin-pants-created-for-macys%3FID%3D11253184%26CategoryID%3D34053" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Giorgio Armani</strong> My Way Eau de Parfum Spray, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fgiorgio-armani-my-way-eau-de-parfum-fragrance-collection%3FID%3D11244353%26CategoryID%3D30087" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>
The pantsuit gets a sexy makeover with this satin blazer-and-pant combo. Layer a lilac tank underneath and keep the rest of the look edgy with a pair of mixed-metal earrings. Then, to tie it all together, spritz on a scent that’s both vibrantly floral and sensually musky.

DKNY Tri-Tone Shaky Block Drop Earrings, $, available at Macy's

Karen Scott Cotton Square-Neck Tank Top, $, available at Macy's

Danielle Bernstein Belted Satin Blazer, $, available at Macy's

Danielle Bernstein Satin Pants, $, available at Macy's

Giorgio Armani My Way Eau de Parfum Spray, $, available at Macy's
Soften up a pair of faux snakeskin pants by styling it with a cozy sweater — this one has romantic blouson sleeves and a lilac hue that goes perfectly with the neutral tones of the trouser. And the color trend doesn’t have to stop there when your face and neck cream coincidentally (or not) comes in a deep purple jar.<br><br><strong>Calvin Klein</strong> Marled Blouson-Sleeve Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fcalvin-klein-marled-blouson-sleeve-sweater%3FID%3D11308313%26CategoryID%3D260" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Danielle Bernstein</strong> Faux-Snakeskin Pants, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fdanielle-bernstein-faux-snakeskin-pants-created-for-macys%3FID%3D11268409%26CategoryID%3D157%26swatchColor%3DSnakeskin%2520Neutral" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>INC International Concepts</strong> Bevie Booties, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fi.n.c.-womens-bevie-booties-created-for-macys%3FID%3D11174856%26CategoryID%3D25122" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Kiehl's Since 1851</strong> Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Face and Neck Cream, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fkiehls-since-1851-super-multi-corrective-anti-aging-face-neck-cream-2.5-oz.%3FID%3D11142753%26CategoryID%3D30078" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>
Soften up a pair of faux snakeskin pants by styling it with a cozy sweater — this one has romantic blouson sleeves and a lilac hue that goes perfectly with the neutral tones of the trouser. And the color trend doesn’t have to stop there when your face and neck cream coincidentally (or not) comes in a deep purple jar.

Calvin Klein Marled Blouson-Sleeve Sweater, $, available at Macy's

Danielle Bernstein Faux-Snakeskin Pants, $, available at Macy's

INC International Concepts Bevie Booties, $, available at Macy's

Kiehl's Since 1851 Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Face and Neck Cream, $, available at Macy's
Before you stow away all your summer dresses, consider leaving this lavender mini out for a big transitional fit. Just layer a tissue-weight cashmere sweater underneath and pull on a pair of studded combat boots with a ‘90s grunge vibe — that you'll temper with a ruffled sock. <br><br><strong>Free People</strong> Darling Mini Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Ffree-people-darling-mini-dress%3FID%3D10786567%26CategoryID%3D5449%26swatchColor%3DNova%2520Red" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Charter Club</strong> Crew-Neck Cashmere Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fcharter-club-crew-neck-cashmere-sweater-regular-petite-sizes-created-for-macys%3FID%3D8492442%26CategoryID%3D260%26swatchColor%3DChantilly%2520Pink" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Wild Pair</strong> Ryyder Lace-Up Booties, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fwild-pair-ryyder-lace-up-booties-created-for-macys%3FID%3D10225002%26CategoryID%3D25122%26swatchColor%3DBlack%2520Studs" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>HUE</strong> Scalloped Pointelle Socks, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fhue-womens-scallopped-pointelle-socks%3FID%3D963055%26CategoryID%3D40546%26swatchColor%3DWhite" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>
Before you stow away all your summer dresses, consider leaving this lavender mini out for a big transitional fit. Just layer a tissue-weight cashmere sweater underneath and pull on a pair of studded combat boots with a ‘90s grunge vibe — that you'll temper with a ruffled sock.

Free People Darling Mini Dress, $, available at Macy's

Charter Club Crew-Neck Cashmere Sweater, $, available at Macy's

Wild Pair Ryyder Lace-Up Booties, $, available at Macy's

HUE Scalloped Pointelle Socks, $, available at Macy's

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