Fashion tips: How to wear pastels for Spring 2012

We swooned over these frothy, cupcake coloured shades on the runways, but when it comes to real life, incorporating pastels into our spring wardrobe may require some thought. Look chic this season with our fashion tips for wearing pastels.

Jan 30, 2012
Anya Georgijevic
Fashion tips: How to wear pastels for Spring 2012

Bitter lemon, mint, and cantaloupe are shades that recall ice cream parlor décor. But they were also some of the most influential hues that graced the Spring 2012 runways. Bridesmaids everywhere once feared these sorbet-like shades, but now they are poised for a big comeback. This season, pastels manifested themselves in countless ways from ultra-feminine dresses at Prada and Louis Vuitton, to smart sportswear from Diane von Furstenberg, 3.1 Phillip Lim and J.Crew, to tough girl chic from Balenciaga and Balmain. Balancing out their saccharine sweetness may be tricky, but with the right combination of girly and sporty, pastels and neutrals, one can embrace this frothy colour trend easily.

Fashion tips #1: Don’t get too sweet

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012

The pale yellow gingham skirt and jacket ensemble paired with an oversized lace collar and a crystal headband may have worked for teenage model Lida Fox on Louis Vuitton’s runway — especially set against the backdrop of a enchanting vintage carousel — but in real life, one might look like a cupcake shop employee. On a similar note, skip on any ruched or ruffled pieces as they might appear a bit juvenile or prom-like.

Fashion tips #2: Layer using clean lines

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring/Summer 2012

That’s not to say that one can’t wear sugar hues head-to-toe. Phillip Lim made the colour combination of cantaloupe pants, lavender blouse, pistachio cream jacket and baby blue sandals seem like elegant summer office attire. Clean lines are the trick to layering these powdery hues into a complete ensemble. Take, for example, Preen’s pale yellow pantsuit, elegantly paired with just a simple white tee.

Fashion tips #3: Mix pastels and neutrals

Diane von Furstenberg Spring/Summer 2012

Adding a dose of neutral can help balance out the girly nature of pastels. Diane von Furstenberg combined her cantaloupes and mints with neutrals like dark chocolate brown and oatmeal. Her Spring 2012 collection is filled with sporty pastel separates, making it very easy to mix into one’s existing wardrobe. Similarly, Phillip Lim inserted a lot of greys and khakis for a more casual approach. Chanel mixed basic blacks with its sea world inspired hues.

More tips for wearing these soft hues, on the next page...


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