Suddenly everywhere: lavender

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I have never been a particularly big fan of pastels—they always feel like colors that only small children should wear to me.  But lately I’m seeing lavender show up on really chic pieces, like this super-spiff jacket from & Other Stories, and it’s causing me to have a bit of a rethink.

Nili Lotan has just introduced a whole capsule collection of items in this hue, and predictably, I want all of it—but would settle for a pair of these excellent Paris pants.

I dig the contrasting stripes on this button-down from Ayr, and the oversize cut too.

I like how the lavender on this Madewell sweatshirt has undertones of grey—I feel like that’d make it easier to wear.

A nice slouchy striped long-sleeve tee for layering under V-neck sweaters, hoodies, whatever.

A slightly cropped cardigan that would be perfect layered over a flowy dress.

Not sure I can resist this super-glam faux fur jacket

If you are a white person, you are doomed to flesh-colored bras the color of Band-Aids, which is indeed a first-world problem but also isn’t too sexy.  I was once tipped off by a fashion editor to the fact that a lavender bra like this one can sub in for (caucasian) flesh-colored quite nicely. It also comes with these pretty matching briefs.

I’ve been wanting a short-sleeved sweatshirt for some time now—it’d be great for layering—and this one is very nearly perfect.

And why not a Fjallraven backpack in lavender, I ask you?

A cute cropped tee from ATM that’s currently nicely marked down.

A collarless denim jacket that’d be great for the warmer weather that will get here eventually.

Also good for warmer weather: this sweet terry cloth bucket hat.

A nice cotton button down like this would really pop when paired with black jeans.

And finally: if you’re tempted by lavender but also slightly scared of it, this merino scarf would be a good starter piece.

 

 

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24 Thoughts on Suddenly everywhere: lavender
    Mae
    25 Feb 2021
    11:44am

    The second (Nili Lotan) look is making me smile. Sporty and fresh! Come ONNNNN, spring.

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    Katrina
    26 Feb 2021
    1:10am

    I have no business buying another sweatshirt, given that I live in a tropical country and I don’t even go to my airconditioned office anymore but that Madewell sweater has POCKETS. God help me.

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    Jessica
    24 Feb 2021
    7:23am

    I love the resurgence of light colors I am starting to see. I am fair skinned with light eyes and hair, and other than navy, the best way to make me look like I don’t have a pulse is to put me in dark colors. Pastels are dreamy for my coloring. Having spent my entire adult life trying not to look like a kid on Easter, my advice is to look for pastels of good quality, fit, and shape (isn’t that advice universal when shopping?)

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      Rae
      24 Feb 2021
      10:15pm

      Same Jessica, same. Pastels suit me so I wear them happily. I strongly agree that they are most wearable when of good quality and classic shape. I also find that they look more adult when carefully paired — they are interesting when paired with “off” colors, worn monochromatically, they work well with denim. Personally, I don’t love them with black. I do like lavender with olive, pine, navy, charcoal, white, indigo…

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    cw
    24 Feb 2021
    8:40am

    I’m loving this lilac/lavender color. Before the end of the day the Madewell sweatshirt and the lavender striped tee are going to be heading in my direction.

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    Leah
    24 Feb 2021
    9:12am

    The bra tip is a good one! I loathe Band-Aid bras and a couple years back found that pale pink is a good sub. Might have to add in a lavender to the rotation.

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    CC
    24 Feb 2021
    9:29am

    I’m reacting with all kinds of 😍emotions here, just by pure instinct. Everything you’re sharing is just so pretty and mood-lifting. That AYR shirt and those NL pants are especially great.

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    sc
    24 Feb 2021
    10:40am

    I’m so sorry your things got stolen.

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    Eloise
    24 Feb 2021
    10:41am

    Short sleeve sweatshirts have always perplexed me but the one you feature here looks delightful.

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    liz
    24 Feb 2021
    10:55am

    Nice. I bought the Madewell lavender chore jacket last year.

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    LisaR
    24 Feb 2021
    11:00am

    I am so happy to see lavender making a return. It’s the only pastel that is flattering on me, and surprisingly so since other light shades wash me out terribly. I’ve had my eye out for a lavender cardigan for years (to replace a beloved BCBG circa 2001 specimen which I wore to its death) since it plays so nicely with neutrals, particularly navy, my spring/summer alternative to black.

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      kimbersam
      24 Feb 2021
      11:51am

      Love lavender. For me, I think it’s the “best” pastel. I have cool-toned, light olive skin and brown eyes. As I sit here, I am wearing a gray and brown cashmere sweater that is “tipped” in lavender. Also-that jacket is amazing!

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      Heather
      24 Feb 2021
      3:24pm

      Lavender is so pretty with both navy and charcoal grey. RIP early aughts BCBG – i got a lot of great things there in my early career days that were affordable but seemed more fashion-forward and better made than Banana, etc.

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        kimbersam
        24 Feb 2021
        5:08pm

        Early aughts BCBG had good stuff, in particular the clothing in their corp stores.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    24 Feb 2021
    11:40am

    I used to wear a lot of lavender in college because A) I thought it made the green in my hazel eyes pop. And B) I had the coolest iridescent lavender eyeshadow that I’d wear when I went out. VERY disco! Small doses….like that pretty bra.

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      Viajera
      24 Feb 2021
      12:06pm

      Oooh sparkly eyeshadow!!!

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      Heather
      24 Feb 2021
      3:25pm

      Lavender is so pretty with both navy and charcoal grey. RIP early aughts BCBG – i got a lot of great things there in my early career days that were affordable but seemed more fashion-forward and better made than Banana, etc.

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      Heather
      24 Feb 2021
      3:27pm

      I had a sparkly lavender eyeshadow that I LOVED. I think it was from Origins.

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    MaryAlice
    24 Feb 2021
    12:08pm

    I didn’t realize until now that I needed a lavender faux fur jacket.

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      DeeSea
      25 Feb 2021
      10:51am

      I didn’t either, MaryAlice. And now I just bought it!

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    JennyMick
    24 Feb 2021
    12:52pm

    Sweet! I just so happened to have ordered a pair of lavender winter leggings yesterday. Completely random on the color choice. Had no idea I was being subliminally hip! 🙂

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    Karen
    24 Feb 2021
    1:29pm

    Somewhere i have a lavender twin sweater set from the 90s. I kept it because A) at the time it was the most expensive piece of clothing i had bought, B) the fabric was divine, C)every time i wore it people gave me compliments. Seems like I need to find the 2021 equivalent.

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    HickfromStyx
    24 Feb 2021
    9:27pm

    Lavender is a very underrated color. I think this might just be a universal color that works for almost everyone, if you find the right intensity and right amount of red undertone. Lavender? Peeks in closet…big fan!

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      Jax
      26 Feb 2021
      12:32am

      Alas, doesn’t work for me. I like it too, esp. the type with the gray undertones, but yeah, doesn’t work for me. Color-palette-wise, I’m a deep/dark autumn and pastels are difficult for me. Alas. Even light gray doesn’t work for me — just dark/slate/carbon type gray.

      Kim — thanks for exposing me to AYR. This brand looks very interesting.

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