Sweeten Up Your Spring Wardrobe with These 22 Pastel Finds
Pastel is the ultimate springtime shade. From buttercup and petal pink to pistachio and powdery blue, these soft colors usher in the new season with sophisticated ease. Not to mention, they are a refreshing departure from winter's usually moody tones.
Pastels are destined to play with equally soft colors but the trick to bringing out the dreamy undertones is to mix in unexpected fabrics. Metallics work wonderfully with pastels: There is something so charming-yet-cool about teaming a futuristic finish with a sherbet shade. Also, pastels will stand out just as well when paired with a creamy white hue. This combination is a foolproof approach to updating an on-trend all-white look.
If pastels are too sweet for your taste, juxtapose them with something edgy. Think: a combat boot or hardware-heavy accessories. Or, go for a tough-chic piece doused in a pastel shade, like the Zara moto jacket shown above. Playing with textures and details is another way to up the ante. The rose-colored Rebecca Taylor top shown above has a mixed media feel while the Marni dress is undeniably sweet thanks to its ultra-fem bow.
For a beauty look, opt for a pastel lip. Our favorite is Nars' Velvet Matte lip pencil. It's easy to swipe on (much less intimidating than red and orange!) and just as easy to pull off—soft pinks are a no-fail in the makeup department since the color is universally flattering.
We went on a quest to find the dreamiest pastel pieces and put all of our favorites here in one place. Click through the gallery to shop 22 sweet treats—accessories and beauty products included!
Polyester and cotton, $800; net-a-porter.com
Rebecca Taylor Top
Silk, $275; rebeccataylor.com
Faux-leather, $129; zara.com
Nars Lip Pencil
In Bolero, $25; narscosmetics.com
Alexander Wang Bag
Textured leather with gold studs and hardware, $950; net-a-porter.com
Triacetate and polyester, $345; tibi.com
Iron and plastic, $30; zara.com
Cynthia Rowley Camisole
Crepe de chine, $250; cynthiarowley.com
Topshop Midi Skirt
Polyester and elastane, $90; topshop.com
Almay Eye Shadow
In Seafoam, $5; almay.com
Cotton, $210; reiss.com
Leather, $275; sandro.com
Joe Fresh Jeans
Denim, $29; joefresh.com
French Connection Dress
Viscose and elastane, $288; frenchconnection.com
In Rosy Rouge, $29; nordstrom.com
Loeffler Randall Bag
Leather, $395; loefflerrandall.com
Alexander Wang Top
Cotton, $675; net-a-porter.com
Patent leather, $238; jcrew.com
Cotton, polyester, and viscose, $70; topshop.com
Wood, $16; zara.com
Triacetate and polyester, $235; net-a-porter.com
Ellis Faas Liquid Eye Shadow
In Lilac, $36; ellisfaas.com