2017 may have been the year of millennial pink, but 2018 is all about lilac. The fresh pastel shade was all over the the SS18 shows, starting at Victoria Beckham and Tibi and New York Fashion Week, before heading over to Emporio Armani at London Fashion Week and Céline in Paris.

Sure, other ice cream shades like buttercup yellow and mint green were also featured, but the light purple is the hue that won everyone over – perhaps because it’s a favourite of The Queen, who’s so 2018 without even realising it.

But we get that pastels aren’t for everyone, especially if you’re past the age of 12. So how do you wear the trend? This season, it’s all about keeping it paired back with clean shapes. Think a sharp suit, see-through blouse or simple slip dress.

Of course, the head-to-toe look isn’t for everyone (though we do encourage mixing it up with a touch of mind, a la VB), so if you’re a bit hesitant, dip into the trend with a few key accessories, like strappy sandals, a statement bag or even sunglasses.

Shop our edit of the best lilac buys below.


Shop now: Anna Hanger Sweat for £140 from Holzweiler

Shop now: Miu Miu Embellished Round Sunglasses for £466 from Harrods

Shop now: Martina Classic silk shirt with a cut in the sleeves for £211 from Bogdar

Shop now: Pleated blouse for £29.99 from H&M

Shop now: Hibiscus Ankle Boots for £85 from Topshop

Shop now: LEATHER EMMA BOWLING in lilac for £69 from Kurt Geiger

Shop now: STELLA MCCARTNEY Cropped flared jeans for £385 from mytheresa.com


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