How to wear Pastel Shades
Who doesn’t love a wardrobe filled with garments in soft pink, ivory beige, peach or powdery lilac? Pastel colours are favourites of all those who want to spice up their looks, with pale pink, mint, lavender, baby blue, sky blue, light yellow and all the Easter egg, ice cream and cupcake inspired colours.
Although the shades are mostly worn and meant for spring and summer, you can be a little creative with the shades and wear them in autumn and winter too, by combining your pastel shades with dark colours. For example, a pastel sweater with dark coloured jeans will look amazing, or you could go with the current fashion and use pastel coloured coat or shawl over your outfit to lift your look.
However, incorporating pastels into your day to day ensembles can be a little tricky. As an Indian, I am always cautious of wearing pastel colours, but I think we have a misconception that pastels don’t suit dark skin tones. Pastel colours can make any women look gorgeous if the right colour match is chosen. Everyone will notice you as you make your entry to any occasion.
Here are some style tips for pastel colours.
-Pastel Colour Match: All pastel colours look amazing with one another, and you can mix and match more than two pastel shades in a look. Pastel colour blocking is one of the ways to wear pastel trends. You can confidently combine pink with pale lemon, blue with mint green, creamy orange with purple, but pastels can also be worn with brighter shades too. If you are not sure ,you can use a colour wheel to match your colours.
Key points to remember:
Minimalism – Keep things simple, but do not use too much of one colour. This might look good on a catwalk, but can be rather overpowering for normal wear. In reality, it may be too much. Try to match your pastel outfit with accessories in black, white or other neutral tones. Make sure that the design of the garment is emphasised by shape and clean lines rather than the pastel shade.
Colour Mix – Pastel colours look amazing with grey, blue, and cream. Do not be afraid to mix them with neutral colours like beige and coffee shades, which will help to balance the girly nature of the colour.
The most versatile pastel shades are cream and beige, as these will literally go with any other pastel shade. Pastel shade clothing mixed with beige or cream looks sober and elegant, and is an ideal option for work wear. Cream and beige accessories can be used to finish off the desired look.
Mix with Black and White – Pastel colours go very well with either black or white. With black being a dominate colour, any pastel colour matched to it will create a modern polished look. As for mixing a pastel colour with white, it will enhance the softness and femininity of the pastel tone, and will balance the ensemble for a more harmonious look.
Mix with Bright colours – Try mixing pastel colours with brighter tones. This will give your outfit a playful and vibrant look, and at the same time will show off your creativity and unique taste in style. For instance, think beige pants matched with a bright purple on peach border. You just need some neutral shoes and a bag to make things pretty and cool.
Prints on Pastel Colours – Although pastel colours are not new, prints on pastel are the ‘in trend’ this season and are incredibly versatile when adding some springtime cheer. Pastel coloured clothes look especially elegant in combination with printed and patterned pieces.
Monochrome Pastel Look – A smashing look can be created by picking a single pastel shade for your entire ensemble. Adding creative accessories to your outfit will draw the spotlight, but the pastel shade will elongate and slim down your silhouette.
Accessories – Accessorise you pastel outfit with bright matching colours to lift your ensemble. Go for metallic accessories when choosing bags, jewellery, or belts, as this will give your ensemble a chic look. For shoes, pick neutral or bright shades to create harmony and give a balanced look.
Pastel shades have been right in fashion for that past few seasons, and this season will continue to influence outfit choice. The use of pastel shades in Indo Western outfits is a relatively new concept, and is emerging as a favourite look among the young generation and fashionistas alike.
Pastels are fresh shades, and can easily be incorporated in your day to day wear. They are perfect for indoor and outdoor functions, as they can be repeated in various contrasts and combinations.
If you haven’t tried pastels before, then now is the perfect time to try them. I hope this blog will inspire you to add some pastel colours to your ensembles and wear pastels with confidence.