Lick one pastel coloured bubblegum ice cream, wear baby blue and light pink outfits, sprinkle some dusted summer light on your fab self, sparkle, twinkle, and do the prima-donna wave from your unicorn. This is not a fairy routine for 5 year olds. No sir, THIS is 2016 summer.
Oh, and make sure you Instagram the whole shit.
For the past 2 cold seasons fashion was kindly inviting us to wear pastel in winter, hence the pink coats and mint fabrics, and it was all nice until it got nicer, and we’re doing the pastel-with-a-dash-of-50s-retro-routine in summer. I have no idea why we didn’t do this in the first place.
Those who know me know I’m not much of a retro lover, BUT when it comes to these bubblegum pastel kind of 50s IRL pics I’m sold. I never really was so into pastel either. You either do bold colours, or stick with white, I thought.
Although, if I may brag a bit I do carry off pastel kind of great courtesy of my skin tone, so perhaps it was my inflated ego that, upon getting a glimpse of itself in the mirror on the one day it was draped in baby blue, and it fell in love with itself I was sold on the whole pastel trend.
So yes, now I’m a converted pastel lover, and the way I see it there’s only one downside to it all: like white crispy outfits, pastel tends to get stained rather easily. That’s it. Oh, and some outfits tend to look like pyjamas, but that too is a trend so… you nail two in one. Like shampoo and conditioner, you know.
The best way to wear pastel is to simply mix it with all the other spring trends. #fashionsplurge
What does pastel mean though? It means anything – colour wise – that would look good on an ice-cream. Pinks, blues, mint greens, light yellows. The more the muted and dusted the colour is, the greatest the pastel statement.
Think 50’s diners packed with the cool kids of the decade in bubblegum light yellow dresses and mint shirts, sipping on milkshakes or working those ice-creames like God knows what. THAT is the pastel vibe.
How to wear pastel? Grab one pastel item. Get naked. Put it on. That’s it. The trick though is to see which pastel colour works best for you, and you can either wear that one in a dress or a two-piece ensemble, or a jumpsuit, OR you can do one pastel item paired with a non-pastel item. It really is no rocket science.
Okay, maybe it is a bit, because pastel outfits may tend to look borderline dated or dusted or pyjama inspired not in a good way, so truth is, it can be tricky. The key is to pick pieces with a classic or a trendy cut, with good fabric and high quality, otherwise they may risk looking old.
Pastel items work great against denim, for exactly that reason: the modern-classic balance.
Pastel dresses in one colour are fabulous for any summer occasion, from office to beach.
Pastel two-pieces with prints are an amazing way to rock retro chic.
Pair anything with statement sunglasses, chunky heels, wedge sandals, and work that ice-cream as you snap an Instagram of the whole situation.
Street style inspo.
There, now now go on and be a 50s retro pic IRL.
Have a fab week my loves. xoxo