3 New Ways to Pair Pastels

Spring time is blossoming. The colours stocked up in stores and at the forefront of our minds turn as light as the new spring in our step. But lest the mention of ‘pastels’ make you turn away with thoughts of childhood and ‘cutesy’, wait – there’re new ways to pair pastels yet!

Call it the new spring awakening. Pastels this spring are as light as they come, but no less light-handed than the heavyweights already in your closet. Here, we show you three new ways to pair pastels that will invigorate you and bring spring time to your closet.

1.      Pastels as an alternative to neutrals

If you’re reaching for the blacks, navys, whites, and greys in your closet, stop – pepper them with pastels first. Look to these street style stars, who used pastel as a pop of colour to refresh the basics. Pastels are also a great way to accompany this season’s surprise hit, olive green. Pastels feminize the tone’s military overtones and lend a softness to structured silhouettes.


For a one-stop take on this tip, try our Shoreline Sublimity Dress. The print combines pastel pink with muted grey in masterly strokes. Grey is an often overlooked neutral, frequently passed over for its staid reputation, but grey can also become the perfect neutral to pair with girly pastels. It’s not as harsh as black, and not as obvious as white; the end result is neutral colour-blocking at its finest.

2.      Pastels mixed with bright colours

Another way to enliven pastels and prevent them from looking too childlike is to give it a shot of the bright treatment. Think of pastels as the softest tones on your artist’s palette and give colour-blocking a go. You can pair pastels with shades of the same colour, saturation turned up – light sorbet cream with bright tangerine, for example. Or you can pair pastels with contrasting brights – see style stars Nicole Warne, or Gary Pepper Girl, and Amber Atherton pair their pastel blues with bright pink above. The result is just a little less Barbie, and a lot more cool.

To try the look, play with separates. Our Dazzled By Constellations Dress in mauve could be the perfect complement to slide under a rich indigo cardigan. The finely etched laser-cut details help to spice up the soft tone, too, so it doesn’t end up looking too one-note.

Pastels done in new textures

Lastly, try pastels in new textures. Loewe ran the look in suede and metallic for their Spring 2011 runway show, and it’s just as relevant today. While copping the model’s look might be a bit too OTT for the office, you can still take a line from that book in our pastel metallic Every Skirt Has A Silver Lining (available in pink and mint). The subtle shimmer of the skirt brings to mind the sashay of cherry blossoms in the wind, and you can pair it with a sleek black turtleneck for a mod look.

If you’re daring, try more than one tip at a go! Socialite and model Poppy Delevingne (yes, Cara Delevingne’s sister) stepped out at a party in a fantastic grey feathered coat atop her embellished pink blouse. The mix of textures and tones make for one eye-catching ensemble. You can try the same in our suede Morning Dew On Windmills Dress . The texture will surely demand second glances as you walk on by!

Bring that ‘new year, new you’ spirit into the rest of 2016. Just because pastels are synonymous with spring doesn’t mean the ways you pair pastels need to be clichéd. With these three tips on new ways to pair pastels, we’re confident your spring time will be a very stylish one indeed.

Sources: Imaxtree; Glamour; Refinery29; Elle; Thread Theory