From delicate marshmallow pinks, to the softest mint greens and palest lemons, pastel shades are huge this S/S. In our minds, we imagine ourselves working them a la Madmen. A chiffon pleated skirt here and lacy scalloped top there. To create a stylish look which would make Christina Hendrick’s ’Joan’ (mint) green with envy.
The reality is a -not quite as sophisticated- ‘candy floss on legs’.
So, in order to keep you from looking like a kids fairground treat, we have compiled some tips on how to wear this ‘oh-so-pretty but oh-so-tricky’ trend:
1) Toughen up your look.
At home, it seemed like a great idea to channel a sixties housewife, in your pastel shades, boxy coat and kitten heels. But once you stepped out your front door, into a very 2012 street, you realised it was not such a good idea. It all just looks a bit too ‘good girl’ in this day and age. Not to fear.Replacing your soft as sugar accessories for those with a hard edge : A black leather jacket, spiked heels or a thick belt, will add a much needed touch of ‘bad’ to your ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ .
2) Avoid wearing head to toe frills.
The models at Louis Vuitton may have looked super stylish in top to toe broderie anglaise. But, it’s worth remembering they are six foot tall and whippet thin. To avoid looking like a icing topped French Fancy, mix fabrics and styles. A scalloped top with a pair of silk trousers. Or a pastel lace dress with simple leather courts work wonderfully.
3) Colour combine with non pastels.
A pastel pink t-shirt with a black skirt or a mint green blazer with indigo skinny jeans compliment each other fabulously . Combining neon shades, such as a turquoise shoe with a pale lemon skirt or a hot pink clutch with a mint green dress, work equally well.