April 11, 2017

Spring is Here – Time to Break Out the Pastel Palette!

Spring, and particularly the Easter season, is all about soft, sweet, candy-coated colors like dusty pinks, butter yellows, powder blues and mint greens.Which means when it comes to finding the perfect outfit, you can never go wrong with pastels.

That being said, if you’ve ever tried on a palette of pastels then you know they can be a bit tricky to pull off. For some, pastels wash us out; for others,they highlight the yellow undertones in our complexion, but for a lucky few the colors just pop and make us look better.

 

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Not to worry if you aren’t one of the lucky few. We call can embrace the lighter, softer palette without fear or hesitation. Here are a few of my favorite tips for pulling off pastel colors and why we tend to be drawn to them this time of year:

1. The Palette

One of the great things about this trend is that it focuses on a range of colors, giving us more options to work with.   An easy way to find one that will work for you is to pick your favorite color and then look for it in a light, soft, hazy shade.

There is a lot of leeway when it comes to what classifies as a pastel, so don’t worry if you need a slightly darker hue. As long as the color has that soft, milky property it will work as a pastel.

2. Mix & Match

Whether you choose tops, bottoms or accessories, pastels can work for everyone in every wardrobe and style. Don’t feel you have to wear an entire pastel outfit. Mix and match the pieces and break them up with darker, contrasting colors. A mint green skirt suit is perfectly fine, but break up the palette by adding a navy or plum blouse.

3. Embrace the Feeling

Pastel colors tend to evoke relaxation, restoration, and tranquility, which is great for the spa, or social occasions, but not so much in the office. By using the season’s trend of blending pastels with other colors you can create a look that has the right balance of relaxation and authority.

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Now is the time to break out all things soft, light and hazy, but that doesn’t mean you have to pack away all of your darker favorites. Just play around with them. You may be surprised how nicely they work together.

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