Saturday, 11 January 2014

Petrifying Pastels

Petrifying Pastels
There, I said it. I’m scared of wearing pastel colours. Florals, I love, pastels... I just don’t do it well. I’m scared of spilling things, of looking so pale it’s unhealthy and most importantly, ending up resembling a marshmallow (pale pink coats of winter, I’m looking at you).
Pastels are everywhere. Every highstreet store seems to have jumped on the pastels bandwagon so I’ve overcome my pastel fears and put together my pastels wishlist and how I’d wear them this season.
Weekday pastels
Grey Trousers
A workwear staple without the harshness of black and the tapered shape of these ones allow for a flash of ankle and that look of ‘this is stylish workwear, not a boring pair of bootcut trousers’.
Shell Pink Top
Pink always tends to work well with grey and the higher neckline keeps it work appropriate.
Ivory Cardigan 
Again, keeping it pale, I love the round neck of this cardigan and it’s easy to slip on over the top on a chilly morning. The neutral colour makes it a versatile piece too.
Nude Shoes
They go with everything and these suedette heels are under £15 at New Look.
Weekend Pastels
Slouchy Jumper
Perfect for a weekend shopping trip as it’s quick to whip off in a changing room and the colour speaks for itself.
Skinny Jeans
Miss Selfridge always has a variety of skinny jeans but I love these ones as the denim is a midwash rather than a harsher indigo.
Statement necklace
The higher neckline of this jumper allows for a chunky necklace and I love this hexagonal one by New Look. Gold stands out more so than silver when layered over a pastel and the snakeskin effect adds a new texture.
Ballet pumps
Flat shoes like these are ideal for a day on your feet and I love the dusty pink colour of these ones from ASOS.
Letting the accessories do the talking
Anyone else who’s fearing the pale colours of this season, here are my top picks of pastel accessories.
I absolutely love this cream watch by Kate Spade (via ASOS). It’s an investment piece that would take you through the seasons yet still hints at the pastel trend.
These lemon ankle socks are adorable and whilst the weather is still requiring leather shoes, these can still sit above a pair of ankle boots.
I love colour blocking and this bag is only £22.99 from New Look.
Nail varnish can be picked up so cheaply in every colour under the sun so there really is no excuse not to update an outfit with a new polish. I’m a big fan of Barry M as not only do they have every colour known to mankind but their prices start at £2.99. I love their Mint Green nail paint.
How do you feel about pastels? Are you a scaredy cat like me or have you already picked your favourite pieces of the season?
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6 comments

  1. So glad that somebody else shares my same pastel fears! You picked out some lovely things, especially that Kate Spade watch, so pretty

    Lucy x http://justlittlelucy.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed :) I'm wary of pale colours but I ended up with a mint green dress from the ASOS swap shop so I'll be styling that up on here this weekend... and I'm scared! xx

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  2. It's on my beauty bucket list to wear some more adventurous trends I'm a little scared of, and pastels is definitely one of them! Really great post, I love the mix of the pastel mint and bright pink in the second outfit! x

    Rose | www.juxtarose.com

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    1. I'm a big fan of the pink shoes, they seem surprisingly versatile for such a bright colour! xx

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  3. I love pastels.. however, similar to yourself, I'm quite pale in complexion, so I try not to over do it.
    I'm not 100% keen on florals, but block pastels are acceptable. :)
    Love all your choices, especially the slouchy jumper, that's a gorgeous colour!

    Caroline.x
    notesfromcaroline.com

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    1. I'm a big fan of that jumper too, it looks so easy to throw on with a chunky necklace and minimum effort is my favourite type of outfit :) xx

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