From the goth girls and guys that saunter down runways with teenage angst etched on their faces, to the preppy models of Chanel who walk with grace and enthusiasm, and even the rockstar vibes exuding from certain brands, pastel is in. It has seeped into every collection, and now, it seeps into your closet. I’m not saying I’m to thank for that, but I have been a proponent of pastels from day one. Let’s take a look at which pastels should be in your palette this season.
Beige is like pastel brown, right? Either way, soybean was named a top color by Pantone this year, and they were not wrong, as beige has become the most used color on the runway. Johanna Ortiz featured a beautiful beige dress with fringe trim, ideal for heading to a tropical paradise, while Michael Kors Collection featured a beige fur coat fit for a frigid fall excursion. Moon Choi makes beige look powerful with a beige trench and matching trousers, and Nomia makes dystopian style look utopian with a utilitarian style dress in beige. Tsumori Chisato fashions a lovely beige leisure suit, perfect for spending the day doing errands, or drinking coffee while people watching.
Bring it on with beige:
Pastel blue is both calm and cool. Au Jour Le Jour fashions a beautiful cocktail dress in pastel blue that features fiery red fleurs-de-lis, and Calvin Luo’s skirt and sweater set in pastel blue is perfect for bringing some fire (fashion) to work in a chilly office. Fendi’s sweater dress is an absolute show stopper, and Piazza Sempione makes the drop waist look drop-dead gorgeous in a pastel blue and white floral print. I am, as we speak, drafting a blouse inspired by this Solace London shirt, made from Mood’s pleated chiffon, as it’s absolutely stunning and I need it in my wardrobe.
Pick out these pastel blue fabrics:
Pastel green may make you think of Easter, but this trend transcends holidays. A Detacher fashions a looser fitting dress, while Kate Spade New York pairs pastels with pastels with a green and pink dress. Manish Arora proves there is power in pastels with a stunningly powerful pastel green dress that features a lions face on the bodice and some fierce makeup. Monique Lhuiller’s pastel green gown looks red carpet ready, although it might clash a little, and The Gigi’s pastel green blazer pairs beautifully with a burnt orange belt and brown trousers.
Get green with these fabrics:
Pastel pink is my favorite color. Lipsticks, skirts, pants – you name it, I own it in pastel pink. Cushnie’s relaxed, asymmetrical slip dress is ravishing in pastel pink, while Frame’s overalls are ready to do some work and look cute doing it. Polo Ralph Lauren has totally validated me, since a pastel pink suit is the perfect business attire, and I have been obsessing over this Red Valentine ensemble, everything from the red tights and pink heart dress, to the stunning pink pastel coat. In the words of Andre Leon Talley, I want to hang this image in my salon. Well, my living room, I’m not that bougie… yet. Vivetta brings pastel pink into the winter months a beautiful pink coat and matching beret, made even more sophisticated with an embellished color and rabbit lapel pin.
Be pretty in (pastel) pink
Pastel yellow is the color of content happiness, of peaceful power. Herve Leger fashions a beautiful crop top with off the shoulder sleeves and crossed straps, while Off-White works it out in pastel yellow. Piazza Sempione’s summer suiting is perfect for dinner by the beach, and Telfar shows us that even men can get on the pastel trend with a lovely button up and sharp collar. Tome uses layers to allow this simple shirt to pop, perfect for heading to work or dressing up for a night out.
Shine bright with these fabrics:
You already know I’m wearing this trend until the end, but how do you feel about pastels? Let me know in the comments!