The lilac fashion trend for SS18 and how to wear it

Taryn Davies
Published: March 12, 2018

Pastels for spring might not be very original, but they work, and if there’s one particular shade that’s standing out in Spring Summer 2018 it’s lilac, and here’s how you can wear the must-have look.

Pamella Rolland SS18 NYFW

Pamella Rolland SS18 NYFW
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Purple’s lighter sister can be a little tricky to wear at times because it can drain fairer skin colours, but with the right style hacks everyone can wear this trend come spring, whether its head-to-toe like at Tibi, a statement piece like a bold jacket or something small like a pair of lavender-tinted sunglasses.

Millennial pink has been decrowned for SS18 and it’s all about lilac in your wardrobe this coming season, and it’s even about embracing the head-to-toe look that was seen at Peter Pilotto, Max Mara and more.

How to wear lilac

Keep it simple

Wearing lilac can definitely be a sweet look, but if you don’t want it looking too cutesy, stick to tailored pieces with clean lines and avoid ruffles and frills.

Statement piece

Let your lilac item take the centre stage, whether it’s a knitwear piece inspired by Victoria Beckham, Joseph or Bottega Venetta or a dress like those seen at Chloe and Roland Mouret. Choose something that’s oversized and keep the rest of the look paired back and ensure your lilac item

Missoni SS18 MFW

Missoni SS18 MFW

stands out.

Head to toe

The head-to-toe look might be a little daunting but it can certainly make an impact. It might be a sartorially brave move, but it’ll definitely pay off, and we recommend a suit to channel this look perfectly, work with a simple tee and pair of trainers, you’ve got the ultimate hot style for spring sorted.

Avoid black

Black is a go-to tone for most people, but pairing the pretty lilac shade with it is too much of a juxtaposition in our opinion. If you’re not sure which colour to pair with it, opt for dark denim as a better option than black. Different shades of purple also work well, and this was a look that was seen at Balenciaga.


Elevate your ensemble with a lilac accessory, whether it’s a cross-body bag, pair of boots, sunglasses or something else. It’s an easy way to adopt the buyer-approved trend and you can use the powdery purple tone in lots of different looks this season.