Pastel shades can be stylish, elegant, and flattering to many complexions. Plus, they are perfect for spring, and very on-trend for S/S 2014. However, wearing pastels can also be perceived as juvenile or Barbie-esque. There are plenty of ways to accessorize or mix it up with your pastel pieces in order to look completely modern, chic and utterly grown-up.
Add Some Black: A time-honored way to add some contrast to pastels, black instantly changes the look of a pastel piece. A pair of light colored pants like these icy pale purple jeans by Vince paired with a black blazer or leather jacket and boots is springy and fresh sans the overt sweetness.
Edgy Jewelry: Some oversize or bold metallic jewelry (think thick cuffs, statement necklaces, multiple cocktail rings, or large hoop earrings) can go a long towards adding a bit of toughness to a pastel-based ensemble. This silver statement necklace by Chan Luu is delicate enough to work for spring and summer, but heavy enough to be a strong juxtaposition to softer tops and dresses.
Solid Shoes: Grounding an outfit with chunky platforms or tall boots is often unexpected with softer shades – but for spring, open-toed boots, platforms, or cage sandals are the perfect choice to pair with a softer or more feminine dress. These black strappy sandals by Via Spiga are an ideal option. Add a pedicure in a contrasting metallic hue for an even more memorable look.
Avant Garde Cuts: Wearing a pastel color done in an ultra-modern shape can cancel out the overly saccharine feel of these hues. For instance, these lavender-pink Alexander Wang pumps would be the perfect footwear to pair with a little black dress to make it look seasonally appropriate and fresh.
Bold Makeup: Adding a deep red lip, smoky eye, or winged eyeliner lends a cosmopolitan feel to a pastel-based outfit. Tom Ford’s Crimson Noir lipstick is a rich ruby shade that looks wonderful on a variety of skin tones.
Last but not least, it is all in the attitude. After all, if you act like a caricature of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, of course people will perceive you differently no matter what you are wearing, whether it is cotton-candy pink or charcoal gray pinstripes. That said, the ideas above are a great start towards mixing up Easter egg shades with more sophisticated pieces.
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