And the hot color for spring is...(drumroll please...)

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I recently had a few rare free hours on an equally rare springy March day in New York and popped over to Soho to see what was up with the rich and fabulous by way of fashion. As it turns out, most of my favorite shops had one thing in common:


After a dreary winter round these parts, it was a nice surprise to see all that lavender and violet and deep plum peeking out at my from behind my drool stains on the window. I decided then and there that I was going to track down a few incredible accessories in the perfect purples to help jazz up all the greys and blacks and browns that have taken over my wardrobe in recent years.

 Bensimon makes a great looking sneaker in a grape that's so clean, it's almost a neutral. I'd love these with cuffed jeans or a swingy summer skirt and they're just $55 at Shop Bop.  


I can't afford what I really want which is a lavender ruffle-trimmed cardigan from tailored shirt mainstay Anne Fontaine. The price: Let's just say it has 2 zeros after it and doesn't start with a 1. On the other end of the spectrum, I did spot a cute cropped purple cardigan from the Gap for just $44.50. I'm crazy picky about my purples and I'd definitely want to see this one in person, but one thing that's great about the Gap online is a liberal return policy.

Anne Fontaine also had an outrageous patent belt that cost about the same as the sweater. The purple belt from J Crew however is $34,  and I think it will hold my pants up with adequate skill while making me kind of happy in the process.


Search purple on Piperlime right now and you'll get a full 100 shoe and handbag results.  I'm all about the electric violet Marc by Mark Jacobs Q City Bag which of course, is a mere $428. Of course. Of course! I always pick the expensive ones. Although it could be worse - could be the deep purple Botkier satchel. Dream big, ladies.



Scarves are a great way to pump up last year's outfits inexpensively, and Old Navy's doing the purple thing in a pretty 100% cotton open weave scarf that's less than the cost of two vente lattes.



The Sharma Designs etsy shop has some cool earrings in a really pretty plum made from vintage German plastic filigrees. Hello, $15? Someone grab them, quick. 

 So what have I missed? Any great purple finds I should be bookmarking? Or are you the type who thinks purple should forever remain the dominion of your seventh-grade self?


Liz Gumbinner is the co-founder and editor of the shopping blog Cool Mom Picks and the author of Mom-101


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