Casual loose pastels first made their major appearance at the spring fashion weeks last year, but if the Resort/15 collections are anything to go by, the rein of pastel is set to continue. From the dusty and rose pinks of Jill Stuart, DKNY and Bone, the minty greens at Sportmax and Tibi, the safari neutrals of Giorgio Armani and the creamy whites of Reed Krakoff, there’s a pastel macaroon hue for everyone.
Have you always thought pastel colors are not for you? Think again. Due to the sheer variety of shades, anyone can sport this trend simply by picking the most flattering colour to suit. Its appearance on the casual loose fit styles of the season like slouchy pants, long coats, boxy jumpers and the ever popular culottes also make this a trend fashionable, easy to wear and dare we say it… even comfy?
Far from the sickly sweet styles restricted for girly girls pastels, we have been given a sporty and sleek update this season, making them suitable for work, a weekend brunch and everything in between.
Pastels are a great way to add colour to an outfit for those who favour a more monochromatic palette – simply select one pastel coloured piece and pair it with neutrals. We love the casual look of a fresh mint sweater with loose fit white trousers and shirt as seen at Sportmax, and the chic and effortless combination of dusty pink high-waisted silk trousers and grey tank a la Jill Stuart.
For the fashion bold, an all-pastel ensemble is a truly striking look. The key here is layering and texture – take note from the styling of Donna Karan, Michael Kors and Giorgio Armani. A cheeky flash of leg in cropped trousers or arm peeping from a sleeveless jacket is enough to balance the block colour out. Don’t be afraid to also experiment, with the combination of pastel and bolder patterns.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about this trend is how it manages to feminize even the most masculine inspired pieces, which is particularly handy given the sporty edge that runs through some of the loose fit shapes. Who will dare to challenge you when your tracksuit-esque outfit is in a gorgeously delicious salmon-pink coloured silk and finished off with an ever-practical pair of slides? No one! And the best part is that you don’t even have to wait for the warmer weather to wear what has been dubbed as the “it” shade of the season. Pastel-tastic, we say.
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