To avoid looking like the Queen Mother we need to modernise pastels. If you’re under one hundred years old don’t be tempted to wear a baby blue knitted twinset. The trick is to create a look that is clean and fresh, rather than frumpy. In crafting your springtime palette, white is your ally: it always lifts the pastels and lets them float. Seek inspiration in a dawn sky-scape or the blush of spring flowers.
Stick to one or two pastel hues – think pale pistachio with soft lavender or rose pink with soft apricot. Add a touch of dove grey or pale beige and you will shimmer enchantingly. To raise the tempo of your pastels, add striking shoes. Strong jewellery also works well, it will help to transform your outfit from flowerbed frou-frou to art gallery glamour. If you want to keep your outfit subdued, stick to soft and muted accessories. Don’t kill your lovely pastels with black or brown shoes and handbags.
Pastels can look slightly 1950s fancy dress unless handled with finesse – NEVER be tempted to match your eye shadow with your dress.
Inspired? Here are some lovely pastel dresses we’ve found.
How do you wear your pastels?