Sugary, pale, ice-cream, soft, sorbet, light – call them what you will, but these pastel shades come in every hue this season. You will find colours form apricot to peach, mint to lemon, sky blue to baby pink, eau-de-nil to buttermilk. They may not have the impact of bolder colours, but they are pretty and uplifting and a useful addition to your spring/summer wardrobe.
How to wear pastels
Most of us don’t go through daily life looking like we have fallen out of the fashion pages, so forget the head-to-toe pastel look and bring in your medium greys, your denims and your whites to mix with your pastels. Lots of pastel is fine for under 25′s or on smaller frames – larger frames need something with more “personality’.
* Adding a bit of a mint/peach/lemon (whichever shade suits you best) to a pair of dark work trousers is a nice subtle way to bring in colour to your work wardrobe without being too bold. However, if it’s gravitas you are after, forget it.
* Watch out for the weight of the fabric. Pastels lend themselves to chiffon, gauzy knits and the lightest of linen. Make sure that these materials are right for you and your bone structure.
* Take care with the transparency of the fabric and the colour of your underwear – a black bra under a top in a light shade is a big no-no.
* Before you invest in these gorgeous light shades, consider the amount of TLC and dry-leaning/laundering they require.
|Pastels & Make-up|
|The make-up colours you choose to wear with your pastels will very much depend on your personal colouring. However, you don’t want to go either too strong – it will overpower rather than compliment the pastels, or too faint -you will disappear in a haze of paleness!
* Go for either stronger lips or stronger eyes
* Keep your make-up defined and groomed
* Don’t forget your eyebrows and mascara (or have your eye lashes tinted). The autumn catwalks were full of bright blue mascaras, so be on-trend and if blue features in your make-up palette, don’t forget Colour Me Beautiful’s navy mascara.