The Season's It Jewel Tone: Purple!

Monday, December 19, 2011

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Purple has not always sat well with me. I don't know why, but I tend to gear away from it all the time. I could count the clothes that I own with any hints of purple. I don't know if I associate it with Barney, but purple never grabbed me like other bright colors such as turquoise, yellow or emerald green. Although a jewel tone purple seems to always be the lesser in my book.

I dedicate this post to my best friend Stacy, who always had a deep love for the color purple. She sheds a new light on the color because she pairs it with wonderful combinations. Stacy's help, this months Allure magazine, and the limited purple pieces in my closet have proven to me that purple isn't necessarily the lesser of the jewel tones, but it is my least exposed. In my quest to open my mind to the seasons “it” jewel tone, I found some great finds and couldn't resist sharing.

I'm a big believer in kimono dresses because they're always appropriate to wear. Whether you are at an office dinner or a friend's birthday, you're always in style but conservative enough to be around your boss. I especially like this purple kimono dress because it makes me want to get creative with accessories. I envision it with bold gold and emerald looking accents to liven up the dress to its fullest potential. Dress it down with tall, flat boots or dress it up with heeled booties.

Aqua Kimono Sleeve Dress

→ Buy the Aqua Kimono Sleeve Dress, $108.00, at

Kat Von D knows a lot about artwork, whether it's the ink on her body or the makeup she wears. I am excited about her makeup line and I'm glad I get to showcase it. Her purplish eyes shadow palette with complimentary colors to purple is great. It's a quick way to access colors that create either a dramatic eye or a simple earth tone with a streak of purple. This palette allows you to go light or intense and will go beautifully with the dress I showcased before and the one I will be showcasing as my all time purple gown.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Sinner

→ Buy the Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Sinner, $35.00, at

Lastly, I am in major love with this gorgeous one shoulder dress from BCBG -- wow! Everything about its cut and style makes me swoon. The material is flattering and feminine because it drapes and accentuates every curve. This is the dress you want to wear to start the New Year.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Nikita One Shoulder Dress

→ Buy the BCBGMAXAZRIA Nikita One Shoulder Dress, $348.00, at

Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.