How To Style The Impeccably Chic Pastel Trend
What do you normally think of when you think of summer style? Mini skirts and flip-flops? Sundresses? Floaty linen? Of course. But, if there’s one trend that is going to be everywhere this season, it’s pastels. Simple, stylish and affordable, candy-coloured hues should be your go-to when the temperature begins to rise. They can be easily added to your existing wardrobe to complement your favourite pieces, or used as the focal point of an entirely new look.
Seen all over the Spring/Summer 18 runways in Paris and New York, the trend embraces pretty pinks, baby blues, minty green, and buttery yellow. This season’s iteration of the pastel trend is a must-try because it celebrates a classic, feminine style while still looking modern and chic. So, put aside your jewelled tones and bold palettes – if your outfit looks like an assortment of Laudrée macarons, you’re on the right track!
Play with femininity this season by experimenting with blush tones and flouncy silhouettes. Playful miniskirts with voluminous ruffles look stunning when paired with simple blouses. For a modern look, why not try head-to-toe pastel in this pale pink jumpsuit? While eye-catching and bold, it’s subtle enough to not feel intimidating to wear. With eyelet lace trimming, this H&M top can be dressed up with a wrap skirt for cocktails at a rooftop bar or worn to the beach over a bikini and denim cut-offs.
For a casual Sunday outfit perfect for brunch with the girls, why not pair this sky blue ruffled dress from Seed with strappy sandals and gold jewellery? And, if you think the pastel trend has no place in the office, you’ll be surprised at how chic this Tigerlily slip dress looks layered over a white collared shirt. Add some mules and your favourite leather tote and you have a work wear-ready look that can go from the boardroom to the bar.
Tigerlily Bahar Midi Dress $150, H&M Top $29.99, H&M Skirt $44.99, Seed Heritage Comfy Frill Sleeve Top $129.95, Seed Heritage Tiered Stripe Dress, $119.95, Seed Heritage Washed Back Jumpsuit $179.95, Seed Heritage Basic Cami $89.95, Sportsgirl Gingham Wrap Mini Skirt $69.95, Sportsgirl SG Limited Bloom V-Neck Dress $129.95
When it comes to the accessories, you’re more than welcome to layer pastel accessories on top of your candy-hued outfit – in fact, we encourage a bit of maximalism! In saying that, if the idea of a head-to-toe monochromatic seems a little bit daunting, that’s totally fine. Why not instead choose one or two pastel pieces and let them be the focal point of your outfit? A blush-toned purse (like this one from David Jones) pops beautifully against a white dress. These nude leather sandals from Midas are a must-have for summer as they won’t look out of place on a picnic, at the beach or when catching up with friends. Plus, the peep-toe means you can show off your brand-new pedicure.
For a subtler take on this trend, peachy makeup products are a beautiful way to bring pastels into your look without being too over-the-top. From rosy blushes to shimmery highlighters, peach tones are perfect for brightening up your look for spring. Too Faced (available at Mecca Maxima) wrote the book on peach makeup thanks to their Sweet Peach and Peaches & Cream collections, but we also love the Hourglass (available at Mecca Maxima) range of highlighting sticks.
Mecca Maxima Too Faced Peach Blur Translucent Smoothing Finishing Powder $44, Mecca Maxima Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick $61, David Jones Tony Bianco Gypsy Court Shoe $179.95, David Jones Olga Berg Tahlia Acrylic Handle Bag $149.95, Sportsgirl Lipstick $9.95, David Jones Tissot Bella Ora Round Watch $450, David Jones Olga Berg Kylie Camera Bag $99.95, Midas Athens Sandal $158