Lilac is a major colour for AW20 – 14 buys to wear through lockdown and beyond

Lilac is a major colour trend for AW20 with designers Gucci, Jacquemus and Boss sporting the shade. Now, as it has an Instagram moment too, we round up the best lilac pieces to see you through lockdown in comfort and style. 

Pastels for spring? As ground-breaking as florals. Pastels for winter? And our interest is piqued. Cool lilac is normally a colour we associate with warmer weather (along with our sweet peaches and sunny yellows) but, like everything else in 2020, this trend has been turned on its head and was one of the biggest catwalk colours to come out of the autumn/winter w2020 shows.

The last time lilac had such a strong sartorial moment was the late 90s and early noughties, when it became a defining colour for that era (thank you Lil’ Kim). Our wardrobes were flooded with lilac sweatshirts, dresses, T-shirts and even Timberlands. 

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Since then, this light purple has dropped off the fashion radar, replaced by other sugared almond shades. Until now, that is. The autumn/winter 2020 catwalks brought back lilac in serious style, naming it one of the biggest trends of the season. 

Boss dedicated a considerable number of looks in its autumn/winter 2020 collection to the lilac trend including tailoring, eveningwear and even a lavender carpet. Erdem turned lilac into a tantalising floral print, Gucci gave us a lesson in lilac layering and Jacquemus’ lilac jeans naturally went viral. 

Beyond the catwalks, lilac has been having an Instagram moment by way of knitwear, accessories and loungewear with industry insiders warming to the shade for the coming months. 

So, consider lilac just the antidote to the dark colours you were about to hunker down in for lockdown two (LD2 if you will) and add a little bit of joy to your wardrobe with our round up of the best lilac pieces to get comfy in. 

  • Sézane

    Best lilac fashion: Sézane

    Get cosy in Sézane’s puff-sleeve lilac cardigan while nailing two autumn/winter 2020 trends in one. 

    Shop Phoebe jumper at Sézane, £100

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  • Roop

    Best lilac fashion: Roop

    Accessories brand Roop hit cult status this summer with its sweet silk knotted bags. For those wanting to dip their toe into the lilac trend, we recommend Roop’s 90s-inspired scrunchie. 

    Shop Melissa scrunchie in lilac cut out gingham at Roop, £15

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  • H&M

    Best lilac fashion: H&M

    As the temperature drops, we are taking to lilac layering. Wear your H&M staple under an oversized camel cardigan for a stylish lockdown look. 

    Shop cotton jersey top at H&M, £6.99 

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  • Veja

    Best lilac fashion: Veja trainers

    We might only be leaving the house for fresh air screen breaks and supermarket sweeps but that’s a good enough for us to buy a new pair of trainers. Particularly a lilac pair.

    Shop V-12 trainers at Veja, £109

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  • & Other Stories

    Best lilac fashion: & Other Stories

    Wear & Other Stories’ belted jacket in place of a blazer in the colder months. We’ll be teaming ours with leather trousers and a crew neck jumper. 

    Shop belted button up wool jacket at & Other Stories, £135

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  • Topshop

    Best lilac fashion: Topshop

    There may well be a day in the next four weeks and beyond that we want to ditch the elasticated waistbands. When that day comes we are swapping in Topshop’s lilac straight leg jeans (with a hoody). 

    Shop Lilac 90s Straight Jeans at Topshop, £39.99

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  • Simply Be

    Best lilac fashion: Simply Be

    Give your outerwear a lilac overhaul courtesy of Simply Be’s padded duvet coat. One part cosy, one part catwalk. 

    Shop padded duvet jacket at Simply Be, £65

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  • Tekla

    Best lilac fashion: Tekla

    Industry insiders can’t get enough of Tekla bedding and towels, and now the brand has branched out into nightwear in lilac no less. Add Tekla’s dressing gown to your Christmas wish-list. 

    Shop Tekla’s hooded cotton terry bathrobe at matchesfashion.com. £145

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  • & Daughter

    Best lilac fashion: & Daughter

    A real investment piece, & Daughter’s knitwear is made from the finest yarns in Scotland and Ireland. This crew neck lilac jumper will be sure to see you through this season and beyond. 

    Shop & Daughter Innes classic cashmere sweater at net-a-porter.com, £350

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  • Kitri

    Best lilac fashion: Kitri

    We have come to rely in Kitri for fashion-forward affordable pieces, and they have not let us down when it comes to accessories. Give your zoom hair an upgrade with Kitri’s lilac hair clip. 

    Shop lilac cut stone hair clip at Kitri, £24 

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  • Asos Curve

    Best lilac fashion: Asos Curve

    We love the oversized feel of this high neck sweatshirt from Asos Curve, team yours with chunky gold hoops and fitted cream joggers. 

    Shop Curve oversized lightweight sweat with turtle neck and seam detail in lilac at Asos, £20

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  • The Frankie Sop

    Best lilac fashion: The Frankie Sop

    We have come to learn in 2020 that sweatpants are actually investment piece. Wear yours with an oversized cashmere jumper for a polished daytime look. 

    Shop Vanessa sweatpants in lilac at The Frankie Shop, £137

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  • Toast

    Best lilac fashion: Toast

    Make Toast’s lilac linen shirt work hard in your wardrobe by wearing it now over a fitted roll-neck, and later in the year buttoned down with relaxed jeans. 

    Shop Toast Long Oxford Cotton Shirt at johnlewis.com, £95

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  • Arket

    Best lilac fashion: Arket

    Switch out your usual black roll-neck layering too for this lilac offering from Arket. Guaranteed give your look a refreshed feeling. 

    Shop Sheer Merino Wool Roll-Neck at Arket, £45 

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