The inimitable Little Augury focused her creative talents last week on the various hues of purple favored by her many muses. Our minds were much in sync as coincidently while reviewing a cache of photos, the scales fell from my eyes as I noticed just how powerfully a touch of purple can alter an outfit from very nice to spectacular.
Purple is tough to wear though. Hue is important. Too light and it's something for little girls, too dark too sinister.
The history of purple is wrapped in majesty. In antiquity, the dye, harvested from snails,was soooooo expensive only royalty could afford it.
Alexander the Great wore purple robes during imperial audiences. Purple was the official color of the robes of Roman emperors, and Egyptian pharaohs. Today we wear it because in moderation, it looks really great.
I've been searching for a similar shirt since I refell in love with turtlenecks.
Ralph likes it too!
Most of the photos are from The Sartorialist, the photo above is from Ralph Lauren's big book.
The girl, I'm not so sure about.