For a few seasons now, we have seen beautiful lemon, mint, peach, pale pink and powder blue hues around. A few years ago (2016) Pantone named two pastels the "colour of the year" – They couldn’t pick just one, so named both Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz. Pastels are back on trend, and here to stay for a long time. Going all pastel though makes you feel either washed out, or like a Girl headed of to the Easter Parade, so follow these tips and adopt some pastels that will keep you on trend and ladylike.
If you are a beginner in the world of pastels, then stick to the basic minimalism. Use just a few pastel coloured garments in the outfit, and mix with Neutral Colours. Think of the perfect balance, and mix pale green or pastel mint with Navy, Grey or Beige tones. Mixing with Neutrals will make the pastel piece pop. One of my personal favourites is popping Peach / Apricot with Grey.
Generally, go for pieces with clean and sharp lines, which places the emphasis on the shape rather than the pastel shades. If you can’t do without some fancy details, you’re best going with lace for adding the drama to your pastels. Many designers use pastels for lace pieces, creating a real poetic impressionism: whether it’s a dress, top or skirt, lace works well with pastel shades.
You can never go wrong wearing pastels with black or white separates. You can either wear pastel skirts with white or black top and complete the look by adding cool sandals or platform shoes. Adding a Pastel to Black or White outfits will jazz up your persona.
For Racewear you can go for the dress kept to a very simple line dark neutral, or black, then go for a real head turning headpiece, matched to the colour of the Shoes and Bag. All the attention is on the Pastels, but the overall impression is certainly not overly sweet and girly.
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The Apricot and Peach Headpiece illustrated with the outfit above is available to hire from the www.dress-2-impress.com Hat Hire. Click Here.
The bag: Charlotte Olympia
Shoes and Dress: Found on Pinterest, Brands Unknown
One of the most alluring ways to nail down the pastel trend is the pastel colour blocking. Thus, you can confidently combine pastel pink with pale lemon, blue with mint green, creamy orange with purple, or again follow Pantones selection of Pastel Blue and Pink.
Without any exception, all pastel colours work great with each other and you can even mix and match more than two pastel shades in one outfit.
Bubblegum pink, and Radiant Orchid has been a recent pink/purple hybrid for fashionistas.
It’s also fun to wear pastels with darker, or brighter shades of the same colour to create a monochromatic style. By pairing bright and pastel shades of a colour in your outfit, you’ll add personality, and move confidently out of 'Easter Parade' territory.
The headpiece illustrated with this outfit is from www.dress-2-impress.com. Click Here.
Dress: Black Halo. Click for Dress.
Shoes: Christian Louboutin. Click for Shoes.
Clutch Bag: Amazon. Click for Bag.
Eyeshadow: Chantecaille. Click for Eyeshadows (USA) or Click for Eyeshadows (UK).
Lippy: Charlotte Tilbury. Click for Lippy (USA). or for (UK).
Nail Polish: ILNP. Click for Nail Varnish.
The Headpiece with this outfit is: Etsy. Click Here for Headpiece.
Dress: Jovani. Click for Dress.
Eyeshadow: Dior. Click for Eyeshadows.
Lippy: By Terry. Click for Lippy.
Clutch Bag: Nina. Click for Bag.
Nail Polish: Deborah Lippmann. Click for Nail Polish.
Shoes: Alice + Olivia. Click for Shoes.
I adore the below outfit for a day at the races. A long A Line skirt in a Bold Floral print is the perfect skirt for a day at the races, and in a print that also features darker shades, you can bring those colours in to darken the outfit in other pieces too, like the shoes or jacket.
The headpiece and bag staying in the pastel and candy pink tones.
The Floral Hat: Etsy. Click for Hat
Dress: Ted Baker. Click for Dress (USA). Dress (UK).
Eye Shadows: Dior. Click for Eye Palette (USA) Eye Palette (UK)
Lippy: Dior. Click for Lippy (USA). Lippy (UK).
Bag: Gina Bacconi. Click for Bag.
Shoes: Jimmy Choo. Click for Shoes (USA). Shoes (UK).
Nail Varnish: Chantecaille. Click for Nail Varnish (USA). Nail Varnish (UK).
The Feathered Headpiece: Dress-2-Impress. Click for Headpiece
Dress: Theia. Click for Dress
Eye Shadows: Armani. Click for Eye Shadow (USA) Eye Shadow (UK)
Lippy: Chantecaille. Click for Lippy (USA). Lippy (UK).
Bag: Diana Ulanova. Click for Bag.
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik. Click for Shoes.
Nail Varnish: ILNP. Click for Nail Varnish (Etsy). Nail Varnish (Amazon).
The headpiece is from the www.dress-2-impress.com online shop.Click for Headpiece.
Dress: Coast. Click for Dress.
Shoes: Liudmila. Click for Shoes.
Bag: Amazon. Click for Bag.
Nail Varnish: Essie. Click for Nail Polish.
Eyeshadow: Max Factor. Click for Eyeshadow.
Perfume: Hugo Boss. Click for Perfume.
The Headpiece is: Etsy. Click for Headpiece.
Dress: Paper Dolls. Click for Dress.
The Bag: Amazon. Click for Bag.
Shoes: Christian Louboutin. Click for Shoes.
Vail Varnish: Essie. Click for Nail Polish.
The Eyeshadow: Charlotte Tilbury. Click for Eyeshadow.
The Lipstick: Nars. Click for Lipstick.
The Headpiece is: Etsy. Click to see Headpiece.
The Earrings: Bloomingdales. Click to see Earrings.
The Dress is: Ted Baker. Click for Dress.
The Eyeshadow Palette: Chanel. Click to see Eyeshadow.
The Bag: Rebecca Minkoff. Click to see Bag.
The Shoes are: Sergio Rossi. Click to see Shoes.
The Nail Polish: ILNP. Click for Nail Polish.
I love the fashion-forward combination of a futuristic metallic with candy pink, for friends and family attending weddings.
The metallic trend is going nowhere fast, but no one wants to go over board with their metallics anymore than they do their pastels (unless you're the bridesmaids under strict instruction to do so!). With both Pastels and Metallics being so on trend currently, and with neither being something you want to wear head-to-toe, worn half and half is a marriage made in heaven.
The headpiece illustrated with the outfit above is available to hire from the www.dress-2-impress.com online hire.Click Here.
Dress: Roland Mouret. Click for Dress.
Shoes: Jimmy Choo. Click for Shoes.
The Bag: Sophia Webster. Click for Bag.
Pink Eyeshadow: Revlon. Click for Eyeshadow.
Silver Eyeshadow: Mac. Click for Eyeshadow.
Lipstick: Rodial. Click for Lipstick.
Below is a Gallery of other Internet Finds for adding Pastels to your wardrobe in small doses.