Sugary, pale, ice-cream, soft, sorbet, light – call them what you will, but these pastel shades come in every hue this season. You will find colours from apricot to baby pink, eau de nil to sky blue, buttermilk to lemon. They may not have the impact of bolder colours, but they are pretty and uplifting and make a useful addition to your spring/summer wardrobe.
How to wear pastels
– Most of us don’t go through daily life looking like we have fallen out of the fashion pages, so forget the head-to-toe pastel look and bring in your medium greys, your denims and your whites to mix with your pastels. Lots of pastel is fine for under 25’s or on smaller frames – larger frames need something with more ?personality’.– Wearing a pastel top with your dark work trousers or skirt is a subtle way to bring in colour to your work wardrobe without being too bold. However, if it’s gravitas you are after, forget pastels.
– Watch out for the weight of the fabric. Pastels lend themselves to chiffon, gauzy knits and the lightest of linen. Make sure that these materials are right for you and your bone structure.
– Take care with the transparency of the fabric and the colour of your underwear – a black bra under a top in a light shade is a big no-no.
– Before you invest in these gorgeous light shades, consider the amount of TLC and dry-cleaning/laundering they require.
Who can wear what?
If you have light hair, light eyes and pale skin, pastels are made for you. However, you don’t want to disappear in a haze of pale colours, so make sure you wear make-up and accessories which will blend gently with your outfit.– If you have dark hair and dark eyes, it is best to keep the pastel shades to one garment. Colour blocking will be perfect for you.
– If you have auburn hair and some freckles (ie. warm colouring), make your pastels work for you with apricot, primrose and mint. Ideally you want to wear them with slightly stronger shades of orange (big this season), amber or purple.
– The cools amongst you (ash blondes, silver, and those on the way to becoming silver-haired) will look great in tones of duck egg, rose pink and light aqua toned down with medium and light grey for an elegant and summery look.
– If you have piercing blue eyes (or green) with dark hair and porcelain skin, go for contrast and colour blocking, even if the colour blocking comes from a bead necklace. Think a light aqua top with a Chinese blue necklace, and royal blue slim trousers (or blue jeans).
– Those of you with a soft and muted colouring should keep your pastels colours right in the middle: think Verbena and Soft Violet put together.
Pastels & Make-up
The make-up colours you choose to wear with your pastels will very much depend on your personal colouring. However, you don’t want to go too strong – it will overpower rather than compliment the pastels, or too faint -you will disappear in a haze of paleness!
* Go for either stronger lips or stronger eyes
* Keep your make-up defined and groomed
* Don’t forget your eyebrows and mascara (or have your eye lashes tinted). The autumn catwalks were full of bright blue mascaras, so be on-trend and if blue features in your make-up palette, don’t forget Colour Me Beautiful’snavy mascara.
Spring may have not have fully arrived but colour has!
If you’re not ready to embrace colour in your wardrobe until the season is in full swing then make sure you have a good lipstick colour and paint your nails in a fabulous shade!