Pretty pastels are showing they have some serious staying power this spring, popping up just about everywhere you turn. I was a huge fan of this look last year, and still am, so I’m excited to see these pretty hues back in full force. This year’s looks are just as feminine as last, but look out for some edgier twists on this girly look, too.
Here are 10 awesome pieces to get you looking like a pastel pro:
Diane von Furstenberg Feriha Jacket, $365. This jacket = pure pastel heaven. This is definitely a bolder pastel hue, but still ultra feminine and it’s a great piece to work into your spring wardrobe. This blazer will blend with everything from casual to formal and will add the perfect burst of color to any look. Blending with neutrals like navy, ivory/cream, or grey will help you keep your look toned down and let the DVF piece stand out or you can have fun and try pairing with another pastel, like pink for instance. Pairing with a clean all-white will also create a really crisp look and a pretty, statement making contrast.
BCBG Urika Asymmetrical Dress, $198. Guest at a spring wedding, looking for a fun and easy go-to warm weather dress, love the color mint? If you answered yes to any of the above, then this is your dress. This high-low hemmed dress is the perfect breezy piece to have for spring and one that you’ll find yourself wearing on repeat. Make it casual by pairing with a white denim vest and some wedges for lunch with the girls, dress it up a little with a blazer (think white or pastel) and open toe booties for a date with your significant other, or layer on some bling (bold colors or gold would work really well here) add a belt and some pretty pumps for a dressier look. And remember you can always pair with tees or light sweaters to make the dress versatile as a skirt.
Tibi Layered Knit Sweater, $350. Are you a girl that loves mixing pastels but is afraid to try pulling it off yourself? Then fear not because this sweater has come to your rescue! This TIBI piece comes equipped with all the pastel blending you need and all that’s left for you to do is rock this out with your favorite bottom. And what’s even better about this sweater is that it’s also a guide to helping you pair with a pastel bottom or jacket – just pick a color that’s on the “canvas” and pair with that same colored bottom and voilà – easy pastel color blocking. Oh, and did I mention how cute this sweater is?!
ASOS Chunky Sweater with Cross Back, $61.39. As much as we sometimes hate to say it, sweaters are still a very important part of our spring wardrobe. While it sucks that we’re not in full swing camis and sleeveless dresses, just remember that these sweaters are meant to be seen and not covered up with a heavy coat, which is why they should definitely be more fun! Try brightening up your spring wardrobe with this pastel yellow version and wear this when the thought of sweaters makes you need a little spring pick me up. Definitely a day to night piece that can get away with just about anything, anytime, anywhere.
NastyGal Air Wave Romper, $68. Nothing like a little romper to get you in the mood for spring. I love rompers because they’re easy to throw on, easy to wear, and easy to style and they’re cute and fun while being sexy. You can rock this with everything from light spring coats to sweaters and cardigans and flats to pumps to platform ankle booties. Have fun with this and really make it your own.
ModCloth Gator Things to Come Bag, $59.99. Featured in an issue of People Style Watch magazine, this crazy chic and lady-like bag is the perfect pastel addition. Not feeling like a lot of color one day? No problem – just sling this bag over your shoulder and you’ve got all the pop of color you need.
Pillows of Pink Earrings, $68. Like pastels but not a fan of wearing so much of it? Why not pick up some great jewelry to add to the mix. This pair of feminine pink quartz is perfect for the girl who wants just a subtle touch of color. These earrings are more on the large side, so they’re definitely meant to be noticed and the size and the gold detail gives this beauties a little more edge.
Jeffrey Campbell Bullet, $154.95. Since we’re on the topic of accessories, shoes are another fantastic way to add some pastel to any look. A classic pointed toe pump, amped up with some edge with the silver cap toe, topped off with a pretty pastel green is just the combo for spring. Pair these with some purple pastel jeans, rock out with a pretty white skater skirt paired with a pastel or printed top, or throw on with an all neutral look for a serious pop of color.
Pepe Jeans Skittle Pastel Skinny Jeans, $137.93. Let your legs do the talking by investing in a pair of pretty hued jeans. This is one sure-fire way to look fab in the pastel trend and it’s also a great base to work around for any look. Pair these with a simple graphic tee or a neutral sweater for an easy ensemble, or get a little playful and pair with printed tops or other pastels for a fun colorblocked look.
ADDISON Mixed-Media Shirt, $168. Ok, so the sleeves may be a little more neon than pastel, but that’s what makes this shirt interesting. Not your typical pastel hued piece but it’s definitely one to make a statement. Rock this shirt with your favorite jeans, dress trousers, skirts, leather pants – and don’t be afraid to take a risk and try pairing these with printed floral bottoms or something like a pretty coral-ish lace skater skirt.
Whether you’re looking for a little winter pick me up, want to start transitioning more color into your wardrobe, or just flat our love pastels, this trend is definitely worth trying. It’s subtle and pretty and can also be played up to be edgy and bold, making this a great look for anyone at all ends of the spectrum.
Emiko Vaughn is a personal stylist and wardrober from Cleveland, OH. She currently co-owns and operates personal styling company Lageson & Vaughn with her business partner, Kirsten Lageson.