Today is Spirit Day, which means millions of people will wear purple to stand against bullying and show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. Observed annually since 2010, the color purple was chosen because it symbolizes "spirit" on the rainbow flag.
Want to show your support for the cause? Read on for how to pull off the color, and then shop our favorite picks in the aubergine hue.
Why We Love It: Long associated with royals and riches, this deeper take on purple will add a mysterious allure to your wardrobe. Given its romantic and sophisticated nature, this intense purple hue lends an air of luxury to any outfit. Plus, unlike its cooler violet brethren, its warmth flatters every skin tone.
How To Wear It: Like navy, it's subtle enough to serve as a neutral. Consider it for a coat like the Dolce & Gabbana pictured above (above, right). As Dominco Dolce, co-designer of Dolce & Gabbana, assures, "This color is bold and sensual." If that's too much of a commitment, swap a LBD for a chic aubergine cocktail dress, such as this one shown on the Giambattista Valli runway (above, left).
Don't forget to share your purple ensembles on social media with #SpiritDay! For more information on Spirit Day and to find out how you can get involved, visit glaad.org.