How To Wear It: Pastels

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Cupcake-worthy shades appeared on the catwalks of (from left to right): Jonathan Saunders, Louis Vuitton, Diane Von Furstenberg and Phillip Lim

I am not a fan of pastels but Phillip Lim’s spring/summer collection changed that. His beautifully tailored yet effortless collection came in a tempting palette of chic shades that any girl would love to wear. He was obviously onto something as many designers soon followed with their own delicious shades of lemon, mint, lilac, vanilla appearing on the spring/summer catwalks. If you want to adopt the trend into your own wardrobes, here are some tips on making the look modern and wearable.  

Try and experiment with:

Silk: Silk is one fabric that will really make these colours shine thanks to its loose drape and textured finish. Top picks include loose silk tops and trousers. Dresses tend to look a bit flimsy.

Blazers: If you don’t want to go whole hog, try a statement piece like a blazer. You can experiment with any colour, just make sure you wear neutrals underneath.

Pleated skirts: Thanks to Miuccia Prada, pleated skirts are now ubiquitous and come in summery shades ranging from light blue to yellow. If you are on a budget, head to Zara for some great styles.

Lace: Work two trends into one with a lace top or skirt in a sorbet-worthy shade. Sheer styles are more playful, while pieces made from thick lace will create a couture feel.

Neutrals: Pastels can look frumpy if not worn correctly. Make the look more modern by pairing your pastel piece with a neutral colour like black, grey or white.

Metallic: Chunky metal accessories such as cuffs and collars take your look from girlie to sleek in an instant. Other designers experimented with embellishments such as sequins for a fun party look.

Colour clashing: Phillip Lim was the master of this, but an easy tip would be to choose completely contrasting shades (one cool and one warm) such as salmon and mint, for a playful look.

Denim: Forget last season’s red – it’s all about pastel denim. Salmon is our top colour pick.

Tailoring: If the look feels too girlie, toughen it up with tailored pieces such as a jacket or well-cut trousers.

Try and avoid:

Wearing the same shade from head to toe – you will looked washed out. As a rule, try not to mix more than three different shades together as it gets messy – prints won’t work either!

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