images-116The pastel trend has been around for a few years now and is bigger than ever for Spring 14!  Whether it’s lemon yellow, mint, sugar pink  or baby blue, love it or hate it,  you can’t get away from it! So here’s a little guide on what you can do with it…

Lots of my clients have been remarking that they don’t think it’s a very flattering colour palette, and it’s true that pastel can leave you looking washed out. But it can look really fresh and sophisticated too if you wear it in the right way… 

 If you have a light and cool colouring (summer)  you don’t have to think about it too hard – just go for it because you’ll look fab!

 

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Woven drop sleeve top, Oasis £28

 

 

 

 

 

 

For everyone else, I simply suggest choosing you shade of pastel carefully and then deepening the look with either a darker shade of the same colour or a complimentary tone. You can do this using accessories and jewellery or by layering over or under with coats or camisoles etc

How to mix your pastels…

 

Springs can go for pale yellow and blue…compliment the look with warm navy & charcoal now and add coral or jade in the spring!

Autumns look great in peach and mint…compliment the look with teal and beige (yes really!) now while coral and green turquoise are great in the spring.

Winters should opt for light grey, baby blue and pink…compliment the look with black and dark pewter now while white will be wonderful in the spring!

 

 

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 Take a look…

This Pastel Shirt from Oasis is a lovely colour that suits most people. You can accent and deepen the look though by adding some interesting earrings like these from River Island and a contrasting scarf (one below from Ted Baker). This is a great look for an autumn…

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I have encouraged a few of my clients to take the plunge, and invest in the pastel trend, even now while it’s decidedly dreary. A lightweight coat or mac is a great way to dab a toe in the water and add something to your wardrobe that’s different, fun and can be worn on cold days throughout spring and even into summer.

 

Here’s how you could wear one now…

x-11And some ideas for Spring days…

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 And finally, a few of my favourite things…

 

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