Yes, ladies, the world is suddenly turning sweet. After the pared back neutrals of the past few seasons, design gurus are raiding the tuck shop for all things sugary, pretty and light in shades of rose, peach and pistachio.
There are those in the fashion industry who will proclaim the latest crop of sorbet shades to be ‘new‘, even though they‘re in colours as old as the hills.
There’s something perennially appealing about pastels. Maybe it’s all those connotations of baby blankets and cosiness. Or perhaps it’s simply the names themselves – duck egg blue, sugared almond pink, primrose yellow – that seem to belong to a more innocent era, but there’s something very comforting about this particular palette of shades.
If you think pastels are out-dated be prepared to think again.
The newest pastels are modern and sensual and the quickest way to breathe new life into a tired old wardrobe. These shades also have the advantage of flattering mast skin tones- eyes magically look brighter; the skin develops an instant light tan and teeth sparkle that little bit more.
This season, mix sugary shades for a delicate summer look and add a dash of nude for a sophisticated edge.
Know what colours work best with pastel shades. Black and navy should be avoided at all costs but base colours such as white or ivory are perfect if you want to combine pastel colours with your existing summer wardrobe.
Never team a pastel shade with, for example, a primary colour such as red – because this will just look garish. Grey looks much better with pastels than black. Pale grey and lavender or light blue, for instance, is a timeless combination. Remember that neutrals ray, beige, and tan) are what match pastel colours best.
For day, try wearing two pastel tones, balanced out with a neutral. A pair of lemon pumps work well if you want to inject a pop of pastel into your look, a pale pink skirt looks classic and romantic when teamed with a cream top and trench, with some gold jewellery to accessorise.
Pastels are best teamed with nude and simple shoes or try pale pink for an effortlessly elegant look. Before you know it you‘ll look good enough to eat.
Light colours are your highlighters, so wear a piece of nude clothing over a feature you like! If you have a thick or full waist, and you want to wear a nude coloured top or dress, make sure you balance out the look with a belt around the torso or/and a dark coloured jacket on top.