Posted on April 15th, 2011
Spring is in the air, and with it, the traditional appearance of pastels. Many of us feel that spring is the ideal time to transition from winter’s muted color palette to soft, pretty pastels. But pastels can be tricky – they can give you a tired, washed-out look.
Generally, pastels look best on tanned skin or on naturally dark skin tones. If you have a very fair skin, pastel colors can definitely wash you out, so you might want to stay away from them.
As always, your skin tone will determine which pastel color is right for you. If you generally look great in cool, blue-based colors, go for similar pastels – sky blue and lavender, for example. If you tend to look great in warm, yellow-based colors, try peach and lilac.
Even if you look great in pastels, it’s best not to wear them head to toe. You don’t want to look like a baby, do you? Pair a pastel top with a neutral bottom (jeans always works, of course). If you’re still unconvinced that you can pull pastels off, your best bet is to pair a pastel bottom with a white or a black top.
What are some of the prettiest pastel options this season? We love the Casual Couture by Green Envelope lilac ruched jersey v-neck top in the photo ($59 at Bluefly).
This Blush jersey ‘Indecent Behavior’ ruffle front dress by bailey 44 is very sexy, and quite affordable at $95 (at Bluefly).
What about shoes? Can you wear pastel shoes? Generally we suggest pairing a pastel outfit with neutral shoes such as black or metallic shoes. Adding pastel shoes to the mix might be too much. However, you can certainly have fun with pastel shoes and bags if you pair them with neutral clothes. These pink platforms by Badgley Mischka, for example, are seriously cute and will look awesome with a pair of jeans, or with a non-pastel skirt. ($255, Zappos)