Mint green, baby blue and lavender are some of my favorite colors. Thus, when spring rolls around, I love seeing all of the pastel fashions in the stores. As expected, powdered hues are on many “it lists” for spring including the New York Spring 2014 trend report. Pastels don’t have to be reserved for Easter Sunday or dance recitals. Pastels can be grown-up, glamorous or even edgy. In fact, here are a few beautiful pastel outfits for spring.
Pastel and Black
Pastels mixed with black can look sweet or edgy. For instance, a pastel dress with a small black floral print can be perfect for an afternoon tea. I like this inexpensive garden terrace shift dress from Forever 21. On the other hand, by pairing a pastel t-shirt with some black moto pants and ankle boots, you suddenly have a tougher look.
Light and Airy
Pastel looks lovely in light fabrics such as chiffon. In light materials, pastel blouses and dresses take on a romantic air. For a casual spring outfit, try a sleeveless blouse with white or dove gray pants. This Harper Double V Tank has an opaque top layer that makes it airy and light. Its mint green hue looks nice with any neutral bottom. A sheer pastel dress with nude heels or wedges is a timeless outfit.
During the spring 2014 fashion shows, metallic pastels made it onto the runway. Metallics are great for evening fashions. However, they are also subtle enough for daytime. All this Yumi Metallic Jacquard Skater Skirt needs is a simple black or white shirt/tank and your outfit is nearly complete. A pair of silver strappy heels and a cardigan makes it evening appropriate. For work, you can add a blazer and muted silver ballet flats.
Yes, it is possible to wear two different pastel colors without looking like a piece of candy. The key is choosing one muted pastel piece to tone the outfit down. I love the supersoft pastel color options for this lace yoke knit top. You can pair the top with a contrasting pastel color. For instance, I think peach looks nice with lavender, mint with light pink and yellow with baby blue. Simple light gray or beige shoes keeps the outfit from being too colorful.
A Pop of Pastel
Pops of color are a good way to incorporate a trend into your wardrobe. You can do this with a great pair of pastel shoes, a scarf or a handbag. Another idea is to wear a pastel tank under a sheer, neutral blouse. This Something to Celebrate dress has a pop of pastel on its skirt for a unique frock. A colorblocked shirt or baseball tee with pastel sleeves is another way to add a little more pastel into your wardrobe.
Powdered hues are likely to be in style for many more springs to come. Yet, pastel outfits don’t have to be reserved for spring. Keep them around for summer and winter. You never know when you might need some soft colors to gently brighten up your wardrobe!
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