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.
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.
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.
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.