Back in the third grade, the entire female population was divided over which color was the best: pink or purple. Somewhere between braces and first dances, purple dropped off the radar. But purple is now back with a vengeance.

The color purple was incorporated into many of runways at New York Fashion Week. This week’s Fashionista knows how to pull off the hue without looking childish or flamboyant.

I caught her just as she was leaving a meeting for her internship with the newly opened Madewell store on Wisconsin Avenue. She picked her outfit with the intention of looking nice for the meeting, but comfortable and warm for an afternoon down at the waterfront with her friends. She shared her tips for embracing purple in wardrobes.

Her floral skirt and purse are the center of attention so she stuck to neutrals for her boots, scarf, and sweater. Her brown riding boots, also worn by this Fashionista, layer well with simple black leggings. Draped across her shoulders is a gauzy scarf, which is a popular style with many Georgetown students.

A flowy skirt in a floral pattern is a great way to welcome to spring! Although her skirt is from a few seasons ago, floral skirts can be bought today at stores like J. Crew and Forever 21. To bring out the lighter shades of purple from her skirt, she tossed her internship notes, camera, and iPod into her plum hobo handbag. This JPK Paris Leather Bucket Bag can convert from school bag to handbag in a pinch as it has plenty of room and great gold hardware features.

You don’t need to dress head to toe in purple to embrace the color in your outfit. Use this Fashionista’s advice to make your purples pop by mixing shades of purples and pairing them with simple and neutral pieces.

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