No longer the chosen shade for elderly ladies' hair, lilac has been elevated to chic status once again. It made a quiet comeback in 2018 and has popped up each spring since, but this season it's bigger than ever.
Lilac represents youthfulness, spirituality and living in the moment. It's the boldest of the pastel shades and it takes a little confidence to wear it - but it gives that confidence right back to the wearer. And it works with almost any skin tone.
The big designers encourage us to wear it from head to toe this season, but if you're not feeling that, lilac pairs surprisingly well with black and grey, giving darker outfits a cool twist and toughening up the shade itself. It's also inevitably elegant with whites and blues. It works brilliantly in floral prints and soft knits, as a block colour in jackets and in old-new fabrics such as taffeta and organza if you're getting dressed up this summer - think old Hollywood glamour.
The flower lilac takes its name from blooms in late spring, signalling the onset of warmer, longer days with its sweet scent. Those days are just around the corner, so get set to grasp them. Live in the moment - lilac wants you to.
Dive into confident, ethereal lilac with these top picks from our SS21 collection.
Catherine vest £49
Ideal for spring days, this lightweight vest with slightly winged shoulders provides a relaxed extra layer to your look. Perfect for layering over this season’s statement collars. The four stunning buttons add a touch of sparkle to this everyday, wearable piece.
Mathilde jumper in lilac £65
This jumper combines two of our favourite things - openwork and pastel shades. With a soft v-neck, it’s the perfect lightweight sweater for warmer spring days. Available in lilac, orange and aqua. Styled here with our Francky jeans in white.
Hugo cardi £49
This super-soft cardi with long sleeves is going to be your go-to knit for SS21. Styled here with our Bella dress in floral blue, it's also available in a range of other colours including rose, pistachio green, burgundy, teal, forest green, camel and blue.
Carrie dress £75
Evocative of the English countryside, this gorgeous floral print maxi dress comes with flared short sleeves with a V-neckline, elasticated waist and a fabric tie belt. From French fashion house, Grace & Mila, pair with sandals or toughen it up with biker boots.
Amour is French sweatshirt £43
If you're looking for just a hint of lilac, this 100% cotton sweatshirt ticks the box. Perfect when paired with denim or one of our new season skirts for a fun, school-run look. Styled here with our Effie trousers in chambray blue.