Pastel Sweater: 3 Ways

We are experiencing a heat wave here in Pittsburgh. Temps are in the 40s to 50s this week, and that in itself made it feel like the right time to break out the spring wardrobe. For me, spring dressing this year means pastels. I can’t get enough! Currently, I am on the hunt for a pair of pink pastel jeans or corduroys. Any recommendations?

Pastels surprisingly present a lot of outfit options. Since we are not out of the woods as far as cooler temps, I thought I’d start by styling this great cashmere sweater I got for Christmas this year. Here are just three of the many ways you can wear pastels this spring.

Charter Club cashmere sweater /  Gap pants / Payless shoes / Illy Couture necklace 

1. Wear Pastels with White: I am pretty sure everyone has stopped abiding by the don’t wear white before memorial day rule so it’s safe to say that you don’t have to worry about that. If you find the right fabric and the right shade of white, it can actually work really well with a pastel. These pants from Gap are more of an off white and they are a corduroy material so they pair very nicely with this cashmere sweater. Just make sure not to go with that really starch white that most summer jeans feature.

Charter Club cashmere sweater / Thrifted Ann Taylor pants / Nine West shoes / H&M blouse 

2. Wear Pastels with Brights: Pastels can be a great contrast to brights. Think of pastels as almost like a neutral in this scenario. They both bring out the best in the other color. I think these particular colors — lavender and blue — really go nicely together to begin with and create an interesting dynamic in these particular shades. I also tried to keep the rest of the outfit fairly toned down with these fabulous Ann Taylor pants that I got at Goodwill.

Charter Club cashmere sweater / The Limited skirt / Thrifted Ralph Lauren shirt / Halogen boots 

3. Wear Pastels with Deep Colors: I definitely think of this skirt as a fall/winter skirt. It’s maroon color complements a lot of the deeper and richer colors of fall and winter nicely. Surprisingly, it pairs well with this pastel purple too. I think the key here was choosing two colors that fall into the same color family of purple. I layered this great thrifted Ralph Lauren blouse underneath to add an interesting pattern to the mix.

Green and Purple Wear to Work

Summer is still alive and kicking so I am not yet abandoning this tried and true formula: floral prints + brights = fashionable yet easy wear to work outfit. With this outfit in particular, I was proud of myself for trying the mix of purple and green — a color combination I don’t try that often but really like. The green flower print pattern definitely elevates this look past your typical color blocking. It’s like color blocking on caffeine. This look was relatively inexpensive to create when you consider I purchased the top at Goodwill for about $4 and the skirt at a consignment shop for $20.

Details: Thrifted Old Navy blouse / J.Crew skirt via Avalon Exchange / Nine West Pumps / J.Crew Factory necklace

The pencil skirt

So every once and a while I have to dress like a big girl, and yesterday was one of those days. I can’t always wear poofy skirts and plaid button downs. Those things have never really screamed professional. So I dressed up my way, with a purple pencil skirt. Maybe it’s because I always loved the the purple teletubby, but I loved this skirt from the moment I saw it. I was going to tone it down with some gray, but then I remembered I had this blue shirt that I knew would be the perfect shade to compliment the purple.
NY&Co shirt; Francescas necklace (gifted); United Colors of Benetton skirt (thrifted, Avalon); Loft tights; Vintage Ann Talyor shoes