As a rule of thumb, if you're on a tight budget and you want your outfit to look polished and conceivably expensive, the easiest route to go is wearing neutrals. Black, brown, white, beige—you get the point. These versatile hues are the effortless go-tos that always get the job done. That being said, if you live for a splash of color, then this isn't exactly the most exhilarating advice one can receive. Don't fret just yet though. Thankfully, there's a spring color that not only looks consistently expensive but also satiates your love for all things bright and cheery: pale purple.
For the last several seasons, a saturated purple has been at top of mind in large part thanks to Balenciaga's slew of offerings in the radiant tone. However, this spring it seems a sun-stained, paler version of the royal color is going to be a trend worth wearing. Influencers and editors alike wore the elegant color throughout fashion week, and brands at both sides of the price spectrum are offering staples and trend-forward separates in the milky hue.
That said, the color purple can be a bit controversial: A large portion of people don't even own anything purple and struggle with how to wear the hue. To help those that aren't quite sure about the spring-y shade, we rounded up ways to style it and shopped out the best budget-friendly picks to get the look.
It doesn't get much cooler than a pale purple leather coat (except if you add white sunglasses and a leather scarf into the mix).
Zara Tweed Skirt ($70)
Wilfred Annecy Bodysuit ($20)
Style your pale purple top with a going-out skirt (preferably embellished with sequins) and a pair of chunky sneakers for a street style–inspired look.
Topshop Downtown Crocodile Mules ($48)
Eloquii Tie Front Top ($60)
Balance a purple-on-purple ensemble with a trench coat and white sneakers for a cute weekend brunch look.
Everlane A-Line Tank Dress ($50)
Farrow Nikita Tie Back Sweater ($65)
The pajama dressing trend is always a good idea, especially when it comes by way of purple silky slacks.
Stelen Evie Ribbed Knit Top ($39)
H&M Knit Sweater ($30)
Pale purple and yellow go together like two peas in a pod, as witnessed above.
Free People Glow For It Cardigan ($65)
Wilfred Cayenne Knit Top ($78)
If you live somewhere where a jacket or coat is still necessary during spring, consider an outerwear piece in a pretty shade of purple to lighten the aesthetic.
J.Crew Crewneck Cashmere Sweater ($98)
Mijeong Park Strap Knit Top ($70)
Accidental Icon's Lyn Slater proves a non-basic trench is a very, very good idea.
Pixie Market Nico Lavender Sweatshirt ($96)
Madewell Eyelet Village Ruffle-Sleeve Shirt ($75)
A pale purple bag to make all of your other bags jealous.
Torrid Aviator Crop Pants ($42)
Mango Leather Strap Sandals ($80)
Up next: Our market editor test drives spring's biggest color trends.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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