I don’t really care for purple. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I hate it or anything because, like people, all colours deserve respect. And also like people, colours change depending on who they are hanging out with but if I’m being honest purple has always left me feeling slightly uncomfortable. Yes it’s associated with royalty and wealth and sophistication, and admittedly, a field of lavender in Provence is a truly miraculous thing but I don’t know, it’s just not me. All the other colours have had their turn as my favourite. I have often gone as far as burgundy. And right round the other side to indigo. But purple, never.

Curiously however, several images that have pinched my ear to grab my attention lately have conspicuously included purple. And not only do they include purple,  it is the purple in the images calling my name.

Here is a random sample



So what does this mean? Of course I know what you are all thinking, it’s what I am thinking too. It means I have crossed some barrier, that there is no going back, that my youth is well and truly over.

Next stop here.


The talented and lovely fashion designer Beattie Lanser tried her best (more on Beattie some other time).


“Purple is a fantastic colour” she enthused, waving a fabulous, hand stitched purple velvet dress in my face. It was tempting to believe her. The dress WAS gorgeous. And she is a master at putting colours together. But I’m not sure if I should trust her, she is still in her 20’s after all.

Clearly more investigation is required. So perhaps in the name of research I should buy myself these Vivienne Westwood designed Melissa Shoes and take to the streets?

But as long as you are here, what do YOU think ? Purple, fabulous or frumpy?


2 Responses to What does this mean?

  1. Jen Taylor says:

    I’m the same with yellow. Like it when used well, but could I ever wear it? Probably not!

    I quite like purple, but interestingly it’s not working for me in the photos above. I could happily swap it for something else in each of those images and be more satisfied, I think.

    Still, if you’re unsure, go ahead and experiment…. and a new pair of shoes doesn’t really count towards the clothing budget if bought in the name of research. It’s a work-related expense, surely!

    • Kirsten says:

      The psychology of colour and our individual responses to it never ceases to be fascinating to me. In fact it is what led me to consider studying colour design in the first place (that and a desire to pay the rent). Last week I spent a long time standing in a hallway with a client who saw green in everything! The trouble was of course that the floor was terracotta and an adjoining wall was red brick. This made everything look cooler than it actually was in comparison, and he read cool as green. Fascinating! We got there in the end.