You can't ignore the lilac trend this spring so here's how to nail it...

Bye bye millennial pink

lilac trend
(Image credit: 2018 Matthew Sperzel)

Bye bye millennial pink

lilac trend

2017 may have been the year of millennial pink, but 2018 is all about lilac. The fresh pastel shade was all over the the SS18 shows, starting at Victoria Beckham and Tibi at New York Fashion Week, before heading over to Emporio Armani at London Fashion Week and Céline in Paris.

Sure, other ice cream shades like buttercup yellow and mint green were also featured, but the light purple is the hue that won everyone over - perhaps because it's a favourite of The Queen, who's so 2018 without even realising it.

But we get that pastels aren't for everyone, especially if you're past the age of 12. So how do you wear the trend? This season, it's all about keeping it paired back with clean shapes. Think a sharp suit, see-through blouse or simple slip dress.

Of course, the head-to-toe look isn't for everyone, so if you're a bit hesitant, dip into the trend with a few key accessories, like strappy sandals, a statement bag or even sunglasses.

Shop our edit of the best lilac buys below.

Shop now: Anna Hanger Sweat for £140 from Holzweiler

Shop now: Miu Miu Embellished Round Sunglasses for £466 from Harrods

Shop now: Martina Classic silk shirt with a cut in the sleeves for £211 from Bogdar

Shop now: Pleated blouse for £29.99 from H&M

Shop now: Hibiscus Ankle Boots for £85 from Topshop

Shop now: Tibi steward blazer for £600 from Tibi

Shop now: Milan Jogger w/ Ankle Zippers for £241 from Cotton Citizen

Shop now: LEATHER EMMA BOWLING in lilac for £69 from Kurt Geiger

Shop now: STELLA MCCARTNEY Cropped flared jeans for £385 from

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.