A purplicious summer!

My absolute favorite color to wear when I’m going out (other than black) is purple! I love wearing deep shades of purple anytime of the year—the trick is to keep with eggplant-y purples in fall and brighter purples in summer.

Purple is just such a fantastic color that avoids being overtly girly. Since I tend to stick with black dresses and shirts, I like to accessorize with purple. I have purple shoes, a purple clutch and various purple pieces of jewelry—though I would never wear ALL of them at once!

My latest obsessions in the beautiful hue, are this adorable multi-strand faux-pearl bracelet from Candie’s. Available at Kohl’s, it’s affordable and looks great on my wrist! I also love the hematite and enamel bow because I can either wear it on the top of my wrist or underneath, depending on whether I want to show it off or not. It’s a stretchy bracelet, which usually makes me nervous (I’m always afraid the cord will fray and break) but this one felt pretty sturdy and seems like it’ll definitely last for all the nights at the bar I’ll end up putting it through! Retail: $13.40 on sale! (photo from Kohls.com)

Also on my list of must-have purpliciousness is a clutch like the studded handle pleated wristlet from Express. This particular one looks a lot like the one I own, but feels a lot more genuine, even though it’s not real leather. It’s definitely large enough to fit all my essentials, including a camera for those crazier nights out on the town… Retail: $22.95 (photo from Express.com)

And as just about anyone can tell you, I won’t leave the house without a pair of dangly, sparkly earrings hanging from my ears. In my opinion, it’s the easiest way to dress up any outfit—from a summer dress to a basic v-neck tee. This particular pair of cascading gemstone earrings is handmade by Etsy seller,MartiniJewels, and is the perfect shade of purple. The beads are wrapped in sterling silver wire, so no worries about them bothering your ears! And, of course, you can be sure that no other fashionista on your block has them! Retail: $30

In addition to her work as a guest blogger on Susan Said What?!, Keri Labuski is also a fashion writer for Style on a WHIM and a lifelong fashionista!

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