The ‘ultra’ stunning hue

January 9, 2018
By Maria Shirazi

This week You! takes a look at the Pantone colour of the year and how you can incorporate it in your wardrobe and makeup...


This week You! takes a look at the Pantone colour of the year and how you can incorporate it in your wardrobe and makeup...

Every year there is a hue that rules the fashion scene and Pantone, the ‘global colour authority’ has decided upon a beautiful ultra violet hue. Lighting the way for the year ahead, Pantone has announced Ultra Violet to be the colour of 2018. Be it makeup looks, fashion or even interior design, violet is the way to go. According to Pantone, “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us to the future. The mystical colour is associated with mindfulness and connection.” Even though, last year’s Greenery was a bit challenging to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe, Ultra Violet is gorgeous, gentle and wearable. Read on to find out how you can include this beautiful shade in your closet and makeup...

  • Let’s pair it up

Ultra violet is a hue that’s as unexpected as it is refreshing. Created by combining red and blue, ultra violet is a complex, celestial shade of purple, which is unique and easy to pair. Because it has both warm and cool temperatures that are inherent in it, this colour has more versatility than people might think it has. For a luxurious and dazzling look, ultra violet can be paired with golds or other metallics, while greens and greys provide an elegant finish when combined with this hue. Not only do purples mesh together marvellously, they also serve as strong complementary colours - perhaps paired with last year’s Greenery.

The easiest way is to pair this shade with black or navy blue. Colour blocking is always a fun idea and you can try mixing it with red and pink, which are fun colours and will certainly make a fashion statement.

  • Mix and match

When we talk about prints and patterns, this colour can be a little tricky. However, in no way does it mean that you stay away from this pretty purple shade. Try to pair a plain ultra violet kurti with floral pants in different shades of greens and purple. With monotone colours trending this season, you can even opt for a plain kurta and shalwar, and finish your look with a colourful geometric dupatta in the same shades. If you are not bold enough to pull off a complete outfit of the same colour, then you can pair an ultra violet t-shirt with black trousers and a purple statement coat or cardigan.

  • Accessorise and accentuate

If you are not willing to full-on embrace ultra violet, try incorporating purple accessories, like shoes, bag or sunglasses into a casual, everyday look. A basic jeans-and-tee ensemble can be elevated with jewel-toned pumps and a coordinating crossbody bag. Investing in an ultra violet satchel and suede pumps is a good idea - you surely won’t regret it. All you have to do is find the right pieces and voila, you can sneak the trendy colour into any outfit.

  • Pretty trinkets

How can we forget jewellery? It is another good way to embrace the colour trend. Amethyst rings, earrings and pendants will add subtle touches of ultra violet to your look and could easily become a new neutral for you in the upcoming year. You can wear a monotone outfit and keep your jewels purple. Green works well with this hue. Go for a chunky purple necklace or chandelier earrings! If you are not into necklaces then go for beautiful rings and bracelets.

  • Of scarves and shawls

Inject purple into your own wardrobe with key colour blocking scarves. Because it is still winter, you can make this colour play to your advantage by using them in soft fabrics or heavy knits. The heavenly shade of violet can lend softness or a casual effect to a sleek, streamlined look. Try adorning amazing shawls and knit items like scarves and cardigans in ultra violet.

  • Ultra violet makeup

When it comes to makeup routine, shades of purple will rule the fashion scene girls, so brace yourself! From dark gothic lipsticks to mauve and violet eye-shadows, this colour scheme is sure to make a statement. Moreover, you can add a pop of purple to your nails and keep rocking your neutral-coloured wardrobe. A bright purple eyeliner or a violet mascara can be your makeup staple this season. You can even go subtle with lilac tinted highlighters or pastel purple hair dyes.

Make sure to keep the entire face subtle when going purple.