The Color Purple

Focus On Fashion

January 28, 2001|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Baltimore fashionistas probably aren't going to replace the little black dress with the little purple dress, but purple in all its glory is definitely the color of the moment.

Not aubergine. Not plum. Not magenta or lavender.


Jimi Hendrix immortalized the shade in "Purple Haze." Alice Walker raised it to the stature of literature. But it took the Ravens heading for the Super Bowl to make purple a fashion basic.

For the past couple of weeks, people have been digging out any piece of clothing they own that has even a touch of purple. Sure, black is as much a Ravens color as purple -- maybe more so -- but no one's going to realize you're a fan when you're wearing black unless your clothing choice includes lots of logos.

Want to show your support for the AFC champions? Wear your purple sweater or jacket on its own, or pair it with a No. 52 jersey for a funkier fashion statement and to express your love of linebacker Ray Lewis.

And don't stop with your clothes. Add a royal purple wig or a little purple face paint to complete the ensemble. Feathers can also be an important part of the look.

Just in case you still need help deciding what to wear for the big game this afternoon, Sun photographers found lots of decked-out fans at recent games, pep rallies and parties. Let their attire inspire you.

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