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How to Wear the Biggest Color of the Year – Ultra Violet

Each year, Pantone releases it’s color of the year, pointing fashion fans in the direction of what will be trending.  In 2018, it’s all about Ultra Violet, which Pantone says “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”  On today’s post, I’m rounding up my favorite pieces to help you wear the biggest color of the year.

The rain has officially begun, and it is nonstop here in Portland, so, I don’t know about you, but I’m needing A LOT of help getting dressed and getting going in the morning.  Bright colors to the rescue!Ultra Violet sweater with tea

I will say…I used to be a little bit of a shrinking violet when it came to purple.  It’s definitely a tough color to incorporate.

But this jacket from J Crew Factory really sold me on it (under $115 too!).  I can be wearing a sweatsuit underneath and still get lots of complements.

With Ultra Violet, it’s all about balance.  I think it works really well as an accent color;  a soft sweater, bright jeans or fun accessories.  And in this post, I’m trying something a little new with my picks:  lust, must and steal.

Lust are the items over $150 that I will pretty much never be buying because I’m cheap.  Must runs from $60-$150, and are definitely all sitting in my closet.  And steals are all under $60 and I probably have five of each already.  Here are a few of my fav pieces out there!

J Crew Factory Lavender Jacket swinging

ULTRA VIOLET SWEATERS

LUST ($150 +)
SCOTCH & SODA/ MAISON SCOTCH Soft Pullover Sweater
SCOTCH & SODA/ MAISON SCOTCH Soft Pullover Sweater

 

 

MUST ($60-$150)
FREE PEOPLE Palisades Off the Shoulder Top
FREE PEOPLE Palisades Off the Shoulder Top

 

 

 

*This item is currently in my cart at Nordstrom!

STEAL (UNDER $60)
LOFT Ribbed Blouson Sweater
LOFT Ribbed Blouson Sweater

 

*This sweater runs a little big… I would size down.

ULTRA VIOLET DRESSES & SKIRTS

LUST ($150 +)
CAROLINE CONSTAS Helena off the shoulder gingham cotton-poplin mini dress
CAROLINE CONSTAS Helena off the shoulder gingham cotton-poplin mini dress

*I’m obsessed with this dress.  Please someone send me a dupe.

MUST ($60-$150)
BANANA REPUBLIC Bi-Stretch Racer-Neck Dress
BANANA REPUBLIC Bi-Stretch Racer-Neck Dress

*This is actually my FAVORITE work dress.  I have it in more of a chambray blue, black and red and would wear it on days that I really wanted to look good.  You still need Spanx, but it also sucks everything in and gives you an amazing shape.

STEAL (UNDER $60)

LEITH Ruffle Minidress

LEITH Ruffle Minidress

*Valentine’s Day?!

LOFT Velvet Zip Skirt
LOFT Velvet Zip Skirt

ULTRA VIOLET JACKETS

LUST ($150 +)
J.CREW Chateau Stadium Cloth Parka with Faux Fur Trim
J.CREW Chateau Stadium Cloth Parka with Faux Fur Trim
MUST ($50-$150)
ASOS Pearl Soft Coat
ASOS Pearl Soft Coat
J.CREW FACTORY City Coat
J.CREW FACTORY City Coat

This is my coat from above.  On super sale right now with an extra 35% with the code AMAZING.  (1/24)

STEAL (UNDER $60)
MISSGUIDED Lilac Long Wool Coat
MISSGUIDED Lilac Long Wool Coat

ULTRA VIOLET SHOES

LUST ($150 +)
ALEXANDRE BIRMAN Lolita Sandal
ALEXANDRE BIRMAN Lolita Sandal
MUST ($60-$150)
STEVE MADDEN Daisie Pointy Toe Pump
STEVE MADDEN Daisie Pointy Toe Pump
STEAL (UNDER $60)
VANS Old Skool Sneaker
VANS Old Skool Sneaker

*I’m such a VANS girl.  I own way too many pairs.

ULTRA VIOLET ACCESSORIES

LUST ($150 +)
KENDRA SCOTT Justyne Drop Earrings
KENDRA SCOTT Justyne Drop Earrings

*Ok these earrings are a DREAM.  Seriously considering splurging for my wedding weekend.  Also come in teal.

BOTKIER Cobble Hill Leather Crossbody Bag
BOTKIER Cobble Hill Leather Crossbody Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUST ($50-$150)
QUAY AUSTRALIA Dreamy Ways Round Sunglasses in Lilac
QUAY AUSTRALIA Dreamy Ways Round Sunglasses in Lilac
STEAL (UNDER $50)
LOREN HOPE Sophia Stud Earrings
LOREN HOPE Sophia Stud Earrings

 

 

 

 

FREE PEOPLE Happy Trails Pom Beanie
FREE PEOPLE Happy Trails Pom Beanie

 

 

 

 

SUN JELLIES Atomic Basket Tote Bag
SUN JELLIES Atomic Basket Tote Bag
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