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The Guy's Guide to Wearing Lavender

We’ve fallen hard for this light purple hue

Our Spring Style Guide is presented in partnership with Uniqlo USA, dedicated to creating clothing that never stops evolving because your life never stops changing. Simple apparel with a not-so-simple purpose: to make your life better.

For too long, lavender has been denied a rightful spot in men’s closets. We’ve got it on good authority, though, that this light purple shade is about to dethrone millennial pink as the new hot hue for men and women alike, so get ready to start seeing it everywhere. Yes, including your own wardrobe.

Lavender: it’s not just for Easter baskets or “just because” bouquets you give your gf anymore.

Below, learn how to wear lavender in your wardrobe this spring:

Find your favorite shade of lavender

Here’s the deal: Lavender is the palest version of violet (aka, deep purple). It tends to have more pink undertones than blue, but like the flower fields where it got its name, lavender-the-color has many different variations. Sometimes it’s light enough to look nearly white, while other times it looks more lilac-y.

For these reasons, and depending on the mix of hues, lavender can fall into the blue, purple, and sometimes even grey corners of the color wheel. As for which shade fits your style, that’s up to you.

How to wear lavender

Lavender was practically made to be worn in warm weather, making spring the perfect time to start strategizing which pieces to add to your wardrobe. Solids and prints are both fair game, and gingham is always a good thing, whether we’re talking about shirts, ties, or even shorts.

// How to wear lavender at the office //

checked shirt: Uniqlo, $30 | jacket: Uniqlo, $60 | Kando pants: Uniqlo, $40

shoes: Johnston & Murphy | tie: Brooks Brothers  

socks: Uniqlo, $3 | pocket square: The Tie Bar

belt: Uniqlo, $20 | watch: Timex | fragrance: John Varvatos

If you’re looking for more subtle ways to mix lavender into your look, keep an eye out for printed pocket squares, summer-weight suiting details like pale purple pick stitching, “fun” socks, and even friendship bracelets (yep, they’re back).

What colors to wear with lavender

We love this color with a classic grey suit or anything khaki-colored, but perfect pairings aren’t limited to neutrals. Lavender looks great against a buttery yellow or as a backdrop for a deeper purple or blue. If you’re looking to really mix things up, try lavender with a tangerine or orange color.

Wear it Well: Men’s Bracelets

// How to wear lavender on the weekend //

Airism polo: Uniqlo, $20 | sweater: Uniqlo, $15 | shorts: Uniqlo, $30

sneakers: Adidas | glasses: Uniqlo, $15 |belt: Uniqlo, $20

bracelet: Miansai | socks: Uniqlo, $4

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When to wear lavender

A good rule of thumb for wearing lavender? If you were planning on wearing white, consider subbing in lavender instead this spring.

Translation? The white dress shirt you were going to wear with a khaki-colored suit could easily be swapped for a lavender one. Or maybe you were going to top of those navy chinos with a white pocket tee? How about a faded lavender number instead? The world is your (lavender-loving) oyster.



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