Pale pink, dusty blue and cornflower yellow are the new neutrals. Find out how to wear them this spring...
Pale pink, dusty blue and cornflower yellow are the new neutrals in beautifully fresh pastel colours. Neutrals have always been the staples of our wardrobe – especially for work and especially during spring and summer months. But the tide is turning to pastel colours and now pale pink, dusty blue and cornflower yellow are being hailed as the new cornerstones of any capsule wardrobe. Pastel colours are a popular choice for the spring summer season and any outfits that embrace this trend will make you feel summery and fresh, ready for a new season ahead.
Our advice on how to wear these pretty paler shades is to wear the pastel colours and candy colours as you would wear anything black: Use the pastel colours as the basis for your outfit, teaming a mint blouse with your tailored trousers will be the perfectly fresh and fashionable combination for the office. A candy pink skirt with bold colour-pop knit for off-duty style is a fabulous look to create with pastel colours and will reinstate your fashion consciousness. Incorporating pastel colours, either subtly or boldy into your outfit at work or at home says you know your trends.
As well as versatile blouses and shirts in pastel shades, make sure you don’t forget your LPD – your Little Pastel Dress! This staple item available in an array of pastel colours is an absolute must for summer garden parties, weddings or the races and will be a beautiful basis of an outfit, whichever pastel colour you choose. The LPD should be your first choice for any event throughout spring or summer and can be teamed with a number of out layers – a patterned kimono in complimentary colours or a tastefully clashing colour that will create a striking look with the pastel colour you have chosen.
Click through to discover our favourite garments in pastel colours and our picks of the new season pieces to hit the shops this spring…
This season's pencil skirts call for something cropped on top. Opt for a
loose-fit style to balance out the form-fitting look of a pencil - this F&F Double Layered Top is perfect and will show off a nipped in waist without exposing any tummy.
If you're a committed wearer of blacks and greys, then dip your toe in to the pastel trend with an accessory. This Sweet Deluxe Bracelet from Zalando features a pale blue and feather trim that will set off your crisp white shirt nicely.
Switch your staple black cardigan to a simple pastel yellow and instantly make an outfit new season-ready. Whether you're keeping warm under a work coat or adding a gorgeous vintage feel to a midi skirt or dress, this adorable cardigan from Sainsburys will make you feel ready for spring.
Simple ballet pumps in a head-turning colour and pattern are an easy and comfortable way to update an outfit. These F&F ones scream 'summer', thanks to the floral print - we'll be wearing them now with capri pants.
How adorable is this floral jumper from H&M?! Don't be intimidated by the cropped style - it will be super-flattering when worn with a high-waisted skirt. For a daring but stylish look, why not try a gingham skirt?
A handbag for under £20 is a style steal you can't
afford to miss. H&M has upped its game with luxe-looking
accessories at affordable price points and this H&M Shoulder Bag, with its on-trend fringing, will give your style an
Usually known for their slick tailoring and neutral basics, Zara have come up trumps with a collection of pretty pastels. This Round Neck Layered Top is the perfect transitional piece to take your current wardrobe through to spring in one easy step.
Make pastel hues work in the boardroom with this New Look Stripe Longline Shirt. Structured but not too fitted, this could be your new go-to workwear
staple for spring. The sleeveless style makes it the perfect piece for layering until the weather warms up.
In need of a bargain buy for your spring events calendar? Whether it's a
wedding or the races, a midi skirt paired with a clashing pastel top will always look stylish. George is something of a hidden
secret on the high street when it comes to budget-friendly stand-out picks and browsing online, rather than in-store, is recommended. Invest
in this Pleat Skirt with a simple pleats and you'll find it works just as well with flats and a t-shirt too.
Looking for something new to wear to all your summer events? Update your occasion wardrobe with this Bonprix leather skirt and know that you have an on-trend staple to fall back on time and time again.
On-trend pastels and some bling - what more could you want? This Johnny Loves Rosie India Braclelet combines colours for the ultimate pastel clash, and we love it! Wear it with anything for an instant spring/summer update.
Matalan's spring/summer '15 collection has a raft of trend-led
pieces to lust over including this pale pink high neck top. The batwing sleeves are what really makes this stand-out but it's
versatile too, working well with a pencil skirt for work or with jeans
and heels for an evening out.
Primark often come up trumps with one-off pieces that look high-end, and this prom dress is one! Sadly you can't buy online from the retailer, but head to stores when it lands in March - we predict a sell-out for this perfect wedding-guest dress!
Quirky bags and clutches are everywhere right now, and who knew you could get yours at such a bargain price? This LYDC purse comes in multiple colours, so you can pick up one to match all your new pastel buys!
Turn the ultra-girly pastel trend on its head with some boyish brogues, like these Lace Insert ones from New Look. Don't be afraid to wear them with skirts and dresses either - it will only add an even more stylish edge to your outfit.
Separates are the foundation of our workwear wardrobe and once you have
the basics in place it makes morning dressing simple. Look to Bonprix for smart, sophisticated pieces at a bargain
price. We've fallen for this blue shirt which will
give your look a masculine air when the collar is
buttoned up to the top.
A scarf is the ultimate multi-tasking buy - wear it around your neck, in your hair or even tied around your bag handle to make a statement. We love this Pastel Printed one from Wallis - the colours are perfect for almost every skintone.
Prefer to keep it casual? Of course there's a pastel option for you too! Switch your usual Breton top to this Peacocks Stripe Tee, and watch your look update instantly. Keep it simple by pairing this with jeans and pumps.
Stylish weekend dressing has never looked so simple, thanks to this comfortable Stretch Jersey Dress from Uniqlo. Even better, it can be paired with stylish slip-on trainers for the ultimate cosy and fashionable outfit.
Sleek and stylish, this Very purse is a simple update that will bring a smile to your face. Be careful though - you don't want to start enjoying spending too much!