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Wearing pastels
May 5, 2014, 1:14 pm

Balancing out the saccharine sweetness of pastels may be tricky, but with the right combination of girly and sporty, pastels and neutrals, one can easily embrace this trend.

Layer using clean lines: The color combination of cantaloupe pants, lavender blouse, pistachio cream jacket and baby blue sandals is elegant summer office attire. However, clean lines are the trick to layering these powdery hues into a complete ensemble. If you are going for casual elegance, pair a pale yellow pantsuit with a simple white tee.

Mix pastels and neutrals: Combine cantaloupes and mints with neutrals like dark chocolate brown and oatmeal. This works perfectly if you have a love for a dark and light color scheme.  Another great choice of clothing is basic blacks mixed with sea world inspired hues for a pop combination.

Toughen up: Try on a tougher pastel piece, like a lemon yellow leather motorcycle jacket or a pastel paneled sport jacket. Or simply pair your favorite pair of slim-cut pants with a menswear-inspired silk button-up in a pastel range. You can even take pastels on a rock and roll ride with the insertion of gold appliqué and studs.

Take baby steps: If you are unsure about stocking your closet with de-saturated candy shades, try introducing some bits here and there. Choose playful color-block garments such as the dresses and skirts where shades of pastel colors are mixed. 

Pick the best pastel colors that suit you and pair them together. Try a long blue slip dress with a cozy light pink cardigan, or a blazer with a light colored ankle pant. The idea is to work in key fashion trend items into your wardrobe of basic pieces like a pastel blouse in lilac or baby blue for a light and fresh piece for spring.

Update accessories: A pastel colored brooch adds sparkle to your attire, and simple accessories like pastel shoelaces or a handful of bobby pins make a delicate statement. For day, a subtle headband, earrings or modern barrette looks casual but polished.

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