Springtime, sartorially speaking, goes hand in hand with floral prints, feminine floaty frills and pastel hues. From baby pinks to lemon yellows, light girly soft colours make us feel as bright and fresh as new bloomed blossom. It was thus no wonder that the S/S ‘18 catwalks were peppered with pastel pieces, with models walking the runway in a combination of pastel hues at Victoria Beckham, Celine and Preen.
As with most wearable fashions, as soon as it appears on the runway – celebrities and then mere mortals also follow suit. Take Ming Xi as an example – she’s opted for a light pastel pink dress from Loewe, but reworked it with some striking black boots, to avoid being too ‘cutesy’ in her pink.
If you’re used to veering towards darker and muted shades on the colour spectrum, pastels can be rather intimidating. Yes, it isn’t just bold bright colours that can overwhelm us – trying to play with this soft palette is also difficult. Head to toe lavender? Or violet and mint? Darn scary if you ask us.
So to ease yourself into the pastels, we recommend sticking to one or two colours to begin with, and then toning them down with black or soft grey pieces. Soft grey is a fantastic addition as it falls into the similar ‘feminine’ colour shades as the pastels, but is dense enough to avoid looking like a bouquet of flowers. Lest we forget beauty, here’s a handy guide on how to wear pastel beauty products for Asian skin tones.
To understand what colours to pair, you can consult the colour wheel for guidance. Colours opposite each other compliment each other. As a quick rough guide, it will be baby blue and light coral, light purple and pink with lemon yellow and mint greens with soft light rose colours.
Now you’re equipped with some style inspiration and colour combos, check out our top shopping picks below:
Mini cami strap shift dress, $34, Pomela Fashion
Furla Metropolis shoulder bag US$760, Yoox
Sophia Webster pastel Lucita wedges, $458. Farfetch
Peach Cubes Gold Duo Earrings
Peach Cubes Gold Duo Earrings, $37, SheShops
Suede Effect Jacket
Suede Effect Jacket, $69.90, Zara
The Cambridge Satchel Company crossbody bag, US$138, Yoox
Mansur Gavriel cotton-blend sweater, US$503.55, Net-A-Porter
Pastel Medusa print t-shirt
Versace Pastel Medusa print t-shirt, $463, Farfetch
Suede Shoulder Bag
Chloe Nille bracelet small leather and suede shoulder bag, $1,835, Net-A-Porter
Light Grey Tassel Earrings
Light Grey Tassel Earrings, $37, SheShops
Ruffles Organza Blouse
Prada ruffled organza blouse, $1,770, Net-A-Porter
Jil Sander knee-length skirt, US$193. Yoox
If you’re heart is set just on pastel pink (and why not, it is super girly and cute after all) then we’ve also rounded up some stunning shades of pink pieces for you to take inspiration from:
Longchamp Saint Germain Embroidered Tulle Dress
This dress with dotted Swiss Tille will go well with a cropped suede jacket and a pair of slingback mules for the office.
Kate Spade New York Flora Tulip Sleeve Dress
Opt for a simple floral tea dress for an effortless take on the pastel pink trend.
Proenza Schouler Peplum Sheath
Fresh off the Spring/Summer 2018 runway, this sophisticated blush pink sheath features a high neckline with cut-outs on the sides and micro-ruffles encircling the mermaid hem.
Kate Spade Beaded Earrings
We love a good pair of statement earrings. These chandelier-shaped earrings crafted from ballerina pink beads will add pizzazz to any outfit.
Loewe The Puzzle
The key bag featured in Loewe’s Resort 2018 collection, The Puzzle has fringe overhauls and powder pink hues. It can be worn in five different ways, from a shoulder bag to a clutch which folds down flat.
A sleek and practical accessory like this backpack makes for the ultimate go-to fashion item for Spring.
This story first appeared on www.herworld.com
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