Lilac Outfit Palette

Written By Megan Valero


Hello Party People!

Week Two prompt for the Lilac Lovers Party is colour pairing. Diving into lilac means diving into colour! Lilac, at first glance, looks like a colour which can be a bit tricky to pair with others. Not the case and this blog post (here) by One Cut Pair will have you combining lilac with an assortment of colours.

The Cut One Pair duo (Jenny and Louise) are committed to the lilac life. They made sure all their brand colours matched with lilac. This got me thinking about the Pigeon Wishes brand colours and how our colours work with lilac. Turns out lilac is much more versatile than even I imagined.

Lilac and black

Because who doesn’t have black in their wardrobe? Expanding a wardrobe doesn’t have to mean an all new outfit. Working with what you got is just as fun. Plus, it turns out lilac and black is more than a bit rockin’. Black toughens up lilac and adds an edge that is casual and cool. A dark plum lipstick seems to pull everything together and you are one lilac loving rockstar.

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Lilac and Dark Blue

There is something so striking about this colour combination. Especially an Ultramarine blue with a lilac. I see this as a wonderful way to add lilac to an Autumn/Winter outfit without reaching for traditional colours. The seriousness of a dark blue seems too tame the lilac slightly and make it slightly Autumnal.

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Lilac and Light blue

Get those faded blue jeans on, grab your lilac top, we’re going to Brunch! That’s the kinda feeling I get when I see this combo. Light blue and lilac together give off a dreamy, carefree aura. I hear a Sophia Coppola soundtrack in my head and think of hazy, lazy days. This colour combination does give off a playful energy, which can be embraced by all.

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Lilac and Red

Not the first two colours that come to mind right! Already mentioned in the Cut One Pair blog post, the packaging from our upcoming button collection made us all see how shockingly good these colours are together. It’s bold but brilliant and I think this is what they mean by power dressing.

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Our aim for these prompts is to not only look at lilac but also to become more aware of colours in general. What colours you are already drawn to and what colours you think will add a bit more pop to your life!

Now get to your wardrobe and start planning.

Happy stitching,


The Colour Lilac

Written by Megan Valero

While we are one the subject of finding your lilac, I thought it would be interesting to sit back and understand a bit more about the colour and its history. Living in a time where literally every single colour and every minutely different hue is freely and cheaply available has made the appetite for colour a less zealous affair. The sheer volume of choice is overwhelming and easy within reach!

The days where, ounce by ounce, some dye colours were as expensive as gold are long gone. Exclusivity amongst colour might have disappeared but the history lingers.

Purple Haze

Purple used to leave a trail of dead snails before synthetic dye became readily available. The Royal Purple, Tyrian purple, was a dye so expensive only royalty could really afford the colour. In the sumptuary laws of the Elizabethan period it was against the law to wear purple if you were not royalty.

The heavy connotations of darker shades of purple have a burden. Purple represents royalty, wealth and mystery. Villains are often cloaked in purple and the decadence, once envied, can seem full of malice and greed. The maturity of a dark purple is not of wisdom but of corruption, unwillingness to adapt and entrenchment in a broken system. That’s heavy stuff!!! 

Purple is a colour that seems somewhat overlooked in the modern world. It doesn’t sit as reliably as blue, as frivolous as pink or as alluring as red.

It’s not all negative and no one can deny the beauty of a jewel tone purple, the positive connotations to purple include loyalty, magic and bravery. While fashion and trend are cyclical, the strong history of subconscious connotations is something to consider, navigate and embrace.

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So where does that leave Lilac? 

After that pretty dismal conclusion to purple, where does lilac fit in? Named after the flower, lilac was given its long standing name in 1775. The paler shades of purple present a completely different set of connotations, the connection to Spring and flowers mean thoughts of renewal, innocence and love. So lilac brings an entirely different set of values and ideals to the table. Whimsy, natural beauty and imagination. 

This means lilac has spent time being regarded as an immature, somewhat childish colour but the emotions it elicits such as kindness, innocence, vulnerability and optimism make this colour strangely disarming and charming.

Lilac VS Lavender 

I have to admit, I didn’t exactly know why Lavender and Lilac were different and frequently confused the two! I know, Blasphemy. Purple comes about from mixing together red and blue. Lavender is colder and has more Blue to its mix while Lilac is warmer and has more Red/Pink tones. It’s been said that lavender is the more mature colour, while lilac is the playful younger sister.

Find Your Lilac

Where Mauve blends in, Lilac stands out. Where Lavender is cool, Lilac is warm. Lilac is a bold colour and even a colour lover like me sometimes gets overwhelmed by how much it seems to clash and call attention! However we firmly believe there is a lilac for everyone!

Lilac comes in enough shades that I’m confident you will be able to find your perfect hue. Cut One Pair did an amazing blog showcasing lilac in all it’s variations, hop over (link here) to see what they’ve done. I’ve also quickly put together some shades of lilacs to think about. I took all the images from our Pinterest board (here) for the Lilac Lovers Party. I’ve been adding to this board regularly and I think I need far more lilac in my wardrobe!

I am personally drawn to a classic lilac colour or a bright lilac. I find paler lilacs just don’t make me feel as comfortable and don’t pair with the other colours I’m naturally drawn too. Picking a colour for yourself does in part include what compliments your skin tone but it also includes looking at how you view yourself and how you want the world to view you. I’m a bit less chic and a bit more lively.

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Your style 

This challenge is not only about lilac but exploring your own personal tastes. Throwing aside trends and thinking about what colours make you feel good. I encourage you to create a moodboard for yourself. Look through your fabric stash. Go to shops to try on colours you might not originally gravitate towards. You never know what you might like when you step out of your comfort zone.

Fashion favours the bold and the true to themselves. Have fun finding out what lilac works for you.

Happy lilac finding,


Lilac Lovers Party

Hello Lilac Lovers (and soon to be converted Lilac Lovers)!

Winter is here! We are waking up in darkness and leaving work in darkness. The urge to hibernate and retreat to the darker side to the colour spectrum has never been stronger!!!! But we are dreaming of a Lilac Christmas over her at Pigeon Wishes HQ and together with Cut One Pair, we think it might just happen!

The Party

On the 4th December we will be hosting a virtual party, wearing lilac is your ticket in. 

Yes! A Christmas party that involves staying at home, crafting and dressing up in lilac. Possibly the dream?


Lilac has been steadily gaining traction as THE shade of purple to be seen in. Royal purple is no longer the ambition! Lilac is a colour that has been in the public consciousness, not always for trend leading reasons! Lockdown and coronavirus in general has people looking at colour and their day to day lives in a more introspective way. Finding joy in where you live, the colours you dress in and the little choices you make each day.

Each week for the month of November we will be giving a prompt to dig deeper into lilac and how you see yourself with and in it!

For now we will leave you with our Pinterest board. Click here to look further. 

 Da rules

We’re pretty loose with this party. Use the tag #LilacLoversParty throughout the month and be in with a chance to win a prize. 

We do want to inspire a new lilac make but understand time constraints and snail seamstress tendencies! December 4th is the day to share your party outfit. Be it a new make or old make, as long as it’s lilac, we welcome you to the Lilac Lovers Party.


Yes! Prizes!!! We will be announcing the prizes throughout the month. You do need to have a public account to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Winners will be chosen at random.

If you are a business that would like to be involved please contact us.


We encourage a day full of frivolousness, fun and as much lilac as you can fit in!

“Colour can change how we feel, change how we view the world, reinvent the bland, provide spectacle and help us tell powerful stories. Colou can seduce us” (Franklin Till Studio, Editor’s Letter. The Power of Colour)

We hope you enjoy the party and everything leading up to it!

Thank you and see you there!