Whether it’s lilac, mauve, lavender, or plum, purple clothing can be difficult to match with other colors. If you choose the wrong color combination, the whole outfit is an automatic bust. So, what colors should you wear with purple?
In general, purple pairs beautifully with all neutral tones, including white, black, and beige, but it can also look stunning next to vibrant colors like orange and certain shades of blue. Just be careful with your selection, as wearing purple alongside other bold colors can result in an overwhelming ensemble.
To guide you on your trip toward purple paradise, we’ll cover ten of the best color combinations to wear with purple.
Let’s jump in!
When in doubt, wear black. Black is the go-to for finishing up nearly any ensemble.
It can be anything you need it to be, from chic to grunge and everything in between.
So, it only makes sense to pair the trusty shade with purple.
Our favorite combination is black with lavender, making for a sweet and effortless ensemble that’ll leave you feeling confident in any scenario.
If you’re going for a Kate Middleton vibe, try a long-sleeved vibrant purple blouse and tuck it into a pair of high-waisted, wide-leg black trousers.
Polish off the look with a couple of black pumps and a pastel purple handbag.
Or, for more of a casual-meets-stylish look, try some wide-leg cropped mom jeans with a solid black long-sleeved tee.
Complete the outfit with a pair of purple satin heels and a coordinating clutch.
Then, make your way to New York for fashion week.
Purple and beige make a stunning pair.
Whether you’re heading out for an evening autumn walk or stepping into spring, opting for supplementary beige shades can allow your purple to stand out in all the best ways.
Beige looks lovely next to deep plum purples or lilac hues.
Here’s how to wear it:
Try a pair of high-waisted, wide-leg plum-toned trousers alongside a beige or nude blouse.
Keep it simple with some nude pumps, or kick things up a notch with a bold pair of orange mules.
Toss in a coordinating handbag and let your outfit showcase your brave personality.
Or, for more of a classic, dressy vibe, try a lilac pleated midi skirt and a matching tank.
Layer on a beige blazer and a pair of strappy sandal heels. Snag some complementary jewelry, and you’re ready to take on the day.
For another simple neutral shade to make your purple pop, opt for white.
White always adds a clean, fresh take on even the blandest of ensembles, making it the exceptional color to blend with purple.
Whether it’s a pastel purple or a vivid fuchsia, white can offer the ideal amount of sophistication to any look.
For a casual, everyday look that you can take from the grocery store to the park, try a light-purple cropped crewneck sweatshirt with a pair of high-waisted dark-wash denim mom jeans.
Finish the look off with a pair of white sneakers and a white belt, or add some white snakeskin ankle booties for a pop of elegance.
Or, for a formal ensemble, try a lilac purple pencil skirt with a white blouse.
Complete the look with some lavender pumps and a matching clutch.
4. Pastel Green
Believe it or not, purple and green are more compatible than you’d think.
While you can certainly combine purple with vivid green, one of our favorite springtime looks is a pastel green alongside a lilac hue. It’s simple, sweet, and always looks stunning.
Here’s a great way to wear the combo:
Try a pair of pastel green high-waisted dress pants.
Tuck in a baby blue sweater, and layer on a lilac purple blazer to complete the ensemble.
Then, slip into a pair of white or nude mules, snag a coordinating clutch, and you’re ready to steal the spotlight.
Or, for more of a casual look that you can wear to brunch and then for a walk, try a nude wool mini skirt and a purple sleeveless sweater.
Add on a pastel green cardigan and some white sneakers, or go girly with a pair of strappy sandal heels.
5. Vibrant Orange
Forget what the tabloids say—orange does work with purple.
Since Jennifer Lawrence wore the color combo flawlessly on the cover of Flare magazine, it’s been an arguable fashion statement ever since.
Bright oranges and deep purples look beautiful side by side. Here’s how to wear it on your next night out:
Snag a pair of orange, high-waisted dress pants and tuck in a plum-colored blouse or sweater.
Polish the look off with some white pumps and a rich plum bag, and voila!
A simple and chic look to catch some glances.
Or, opt for a lilac midi slip dress with a pair of orange mule heels and a coordinating bag to keep things elegant and easy on your next date night.
6. Mustard Yellow
Mustard is similar to orange in the fact that it can look gorgeous next to purple.
It’s bold, but mustard yellow adds just the right amount of flair to an ensemble without overpowering a lovely purple hue.
To keep things on the less risky side, start with adding gold jewelry and accessories to a plum dress.
Try a knee-length, satin wrap dress and a pair of metallic gold ankle strap sandal pumps.
Add some matching gold bracelets and earrings, and complete the look with a metallic gold handbag.
If you’re ready to take things to the next level, opt for a mustard button-up blouse and a black satin midi slip skirt.
Complete the pair with a lavender blazer with mustard accents and a pair of simple black heels.
It seems a bit far-fetched to be a fashion-forward combination, but purple and red are the exact colors to clash if you’re looking to go bold without sacrificing your style.
Here’s how to make the two work together:
Keep things easy-breezy with a high-waisted purple mini skirt.
Tuck in a purple button-up blouse with red polka dots, and layer on a purple sweater.
Finish the look off with a pair of red sandal mule heels and a nude clutch.
The monochromatic purple look is gorgeous, and the pop of red will add just the right amount of love to your look.
If you’re feeling brave, swap out the purple top for a bright red fitted top and a red and purple jacket.
Toss on some nude heels to balance things out, and don’t forget a matching bag.
Emerald green alongside purple makes for the royal statement you never knew you needed to make.
It’s a stunning combination, and whether it’s lilac or deep purple, the two make the ideal pair for sophistication and grace.
Try a pair of high-waisted, plaid emerald flare pants. Pair the bottoms with an oversized purple cardigan, buttoned up.
Then, slip into some white square-toe heel booties. Toss on a nude satchel bag, and you’re ready to take on the day.
For more of a formal look, try an emerald pleated midi skirt with a lavender sweater.
Accessorize with a skinny black belt, some statement sunglasses, and some black strappy heels.
9. Blush Pink
Purple is a mixture of red and blue, so it only makes sense to pair it with a derivative of red: pink.
Blush pink is not only a stunning color on its own, but it’s neutral enough to let the purple hues speak for themselves and maintains elegance in the ensemble.
For more of a relaxed-yet-put-together look, try a pair of high-waisted, wide-leg lavender trousers, and an oversized white tee-shirt tucked in.
Slip on a blush cropped jacket, and add a pair of white sneakers to the mix.
Or, try some high-waisted, dark-wash denim wide-leg jeans with a blush top.
Layer on a lilac blazer and some purple heels, and you’re ready to slay the day ahead.
10. Baby Blue
Another seemingly odd color combination is baby blue and purple.
The pastel ambiance of a sky-blue hue alongside purple makes for a subtle fashion statement that is all the rage for spring and summer.
Here’s our favorite blue and purple look:
Try a pair of high-waisted, cream-colored cropped pants and a vivid purple turtleneck sweater.
Layer on a baby blue jacket or overcoat and step into some vintage chunky boots in a caramel brown shade.
Accessorize with a deep purple handbag, and you’re good to go.
So, there you have it.
While purple can seem daunting to blend with supplementary colors, it doesn’t have to be a tough choice.
Instead of avoiding your favorite purple garments because you’re unsure of how to style them, try one of these ten color combinations on for size.
What’s your favorite shade to wear with purple?