How to Wear Ultra Violet - Pantone Colour of the Year - Styled By Sally

Ultra Violet: How to Wear Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year

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Pantone, the global authority on colour, has named Ultra Violet as 2018’s Colour of the Year. A deep bluish purple, it is described as “dramatically provocative and thoughtful” and is said to exude “originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking”. In addition to what this regal colour communicates, it’s definitely a more wearable shade compared to 2017’s Greenery.

Ultra violet has already made a number of runway appearances in the past year and was seen widely in Gucci’s Spring 2018 collection, with other brands such as Rochas, La Perla, Loewe and Balenciaga soon following suit.

How can we translate this blue-toned shade into our everyday style? Believe it or not, this is one versatile hue and as a personal stylist, I can assure that working it into your wardrobe is easier than it seems.


The colour is very bold, so wearing it in a pattern and pairing back with classic colours like black shoes or denim jeans will help soften your look.

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For those of you not scared of a little colour, why not wear it head to toe!

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Go Formal

Looking for something other than black for your next event? Why not try Ultra Violet like Di and Kate!

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Statement Piece

Why not update your favourite wardrobe classic with a new colour!

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If you’re still feeling unsure about wearing ultra violet, the best way to ease yourself into wearing this shade is to start with a statement ultra violet accessory, like a pair of boots or earrings, to accent a casual denim look. You can also opt for a pair of deep purple block heeled sandals to wear with your little black dress.

Bags are also a fun way to add a pop of colour to your look. Other ultra violet accessories you can add to your wardrobe this year includes watches, scarves, and sunglasses.

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From a bold lip to violet lined eyes, make-up is also embracing the ultra violet trend. If you feel that you can’t wear violet make-up, opt for violet nails instead. Nail polish is a simple yet fun way to wear this shade.

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Ultra violet is a lot more wearable than you think. You don’t need to wear the colour from head to toe. The key to successfully integrating this colour to your everyday look is to wear one ultra violet piece together with other neutral pieces from your wardrobe. Whether it’s a lilac coloured knitted jumper paired with slim-fitting black trousers, a bright purple clutch bag, or a daring violet lippie, there’s always a way to wear this versatile shade in stylish, fashion-forward ways without looking over the top.

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