Ways to Wear Pastels

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This spring, make your wardrobe come to life with colours – or should we say, pastels! Shades of blush, powder blue and lilac will take over the basics in women’s wardrobes and add a wave of freshness. Are you wondering how to incorporate this soothing colour palette into your life this season? Here are five ways to take the plunge!


1. Monochrome

Nothing is easier than monochromatic dressing – just choose one colour and stick with it throughout your outfit. Wearing a single shade from head to toe makes for a harmonious ensemble each time. It’s simple, too – start by getting a top in the same tone as your pantsuit, and you’re set. If you want to amp up your look and add appeal with ease, opt for a more detailed top, like a ruffled blouse or a blazer with zippers.

2. Gradation

When wearing pastels, there are several ways to avoid incompatible outfit combinations. One way, is to play with the different hues of a single colour; mix up the default tone with its lighter and darker variants. Take blue, for example, an essential closet staple; pair a softer shade of blue with a print that has a hint of the same hue in it, and classic navy jeans. You won’t have to worry about committing a fashion faux pas with this flawless method!

3. Neutral

When the time calls for it, a neutral pastel outfit can be both feminine and daring. For your workdays, mix and match your powdered styles with natural tones to balance the ensemble. Make sure to incorporate some beige, white and grey into your professional wardrobe so that you can easily adapt a playful option. This is the ideal way to wear pastels for those who don’t want to overdo it at their workplace!

4. Contrast

Are soothing shades not a part of your usual colour rotation? Do soft tones frighten you? Simply consider incorporating some black with your pastel ensembles. When you mix the dark shade with your pastel pieces, they’ll appear less flashy, but will still stand out because of the contrast the somber neutral creates. With this more subtle way of dressing, you definitely won’t have to step outside of your comfort zone!

5. Bright & Bold

This method of pastel dressing is the most colourful of all; it’s inspired by the juxtaposition of colours. One way to get the blooming look? Opt for a vibrant print, like one of our floral motif blouses, and complete your ensemble with a solid piece – or pieces – in a matching shade. For an outfit that packs a punch, the sleeveless blouse on the right could be paired with this blazer or these pants.

Will you add some charming pastel shades to your closet? Let us know in the comments below!


Adapted from French by Tania Di Palma


Written by Jessica Paquin

Whenever anyone in Jessica’s entourage needs fashion advice, they go straight to her. As an active feminist, (fighting for women and not against men) Jessica is also known for being involved in her community. A self-proclaimed part-time geek, she’s an expert in dad jokes—a talent she was graced with through genetics—loves Japanese animated films, and is obsessed with adorable animal videos.

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