1940s vintage ensemble in blue and purple with a suit jacket and plaid Pendleton Turnabout skirt

I won’t lie… although I love cold weather and I love having four distinct seasons, sometimes winter can feel pretty drab. Everything is brown, the days are too short, and the sky is just grey. It can be a bit of a drag. And we keep just getting rain, not snow. Snow would at least make things pretty. Of course, January is really just the start of proper winter and as I type this we’re forecast to have several inches of real honest sticks-to-the-ground snow this afternoon… so perhaps next time I write I’ll be singing a different tune.

1940s royal purple suit jacket with asymmetric button details paired with ice blue

I always like to liven up my winter days (and, to be honest, most days) with a pop of color. Purple is a really good color for that in my book.

1940s vintage ensemble in blue and purple with a suit jacket and plaid Pendleton Turnabout skirt

I picked up this purple suit on Etsy although I was concerned that the hips on the skirt wouldn’t fit. I was right, of course (they usually don’t) so I had to find a different skirt to wear with the jacket. Of course, as a result the jacket doesn’t fit quite as well as I might like either (big hip problems), but I’m willing to make a few compromises for royal purple and amazing details.

1940s royal purple jacket with asymmetric pocket details paired with ice blue B. David costume jewelry and a purple New York Creations hat

I’m never sure how to style purple, though… What goes with purple for winter? How do I make it into an outfit and not just a wall of purple? I tried taking some inspiration from this plaid skirt and pairing it with ice blue, which I think worked pretty well.

Ice blue AB crystal B. David costume brooch on the lapel of a purple 1940s jacket

Now I just need to get some blue or purple shoes… My good ol’ standby Royal Vintage black pumps will have to do for now!

Black 1940s style reproduction pumps in Marilyn style from Royal Vintage Shoes

1940s vintage ensemble in blue and purple with a suit jacket and plaid Pendleton Turnabout skirt

1940s vintage ensemble in blue and purple with a suit jacket and plaid Pendleton Turnabout skirt

  • 1940s purple New York Creations hat: Etsy
  • Blue B. David rhinestone earring and brooch set: Grandma’s
  • Sky blue 1940s sweater: from Sara
  • 1940s royal purple suit jacket: Etsy
  • Pendleton Turnabout style blue and purple plaid skirt: Concetta’s Closet
  • 1940s style black leather pumps: Marilyns from Royal Vintage Shoes

  • I purchased these shoes at a discount in exchange for images and a review