Thursday, 9 May 2013

Spring 2013 Trend Report: Pretty Pastels

Step aside emerald green, pretty pastels are at the vanguard of this spring's color wheels. Sherbets, blush and sea glass green flooded the catwalk. Keeping in theme, these feminine hues are frequently paired with playful silhouettes. What's old is new again, as we revisit the ladylike aesthetic of the 1940s and 1950s. For a modern twist, several retailers interpreted the trend for a younger crowd: mini skirts, textured flats and crop tops. The result? A phenomenon that fashionistas of any age can enjoy.

Karen Walker
Alice + Olivia

J. Mendel

Monique Lhuillier

Unlike some of this season's other trends, pastels are a low-risk craze. Take a note from spring's hottest collections and mix these gentle hues with girly silhouettes and detailing: ethereal fabrics, lace and classic shapes. If you're not ready to forgo your urban threads, invest in some pastel gems. A nice chandelier or statement necklace in one of these colors is so de la Renta. For a dash of drama, add thin, black accessories such as a skinny belt or a pair of strappy sandals. The fetching contrast is sure to gift your ensemble with a Parisian je ne sais quoi. Feeling extra creative? Sport these girly shades together, as seen in Karen Walker's collection. It seems as if color blocking just got a breath of fresh air.

pretty pastels

Nina Ricci see through dress / Topshop sleeveless top / Topshop / Marni , $285 / McQ by Alexander McQueen platform high heel pumps / Clarks flat shoes, $70 / Dolcis shoes, $39 / White House Black Market / Teardrop necklace / TOPSHOP Mint Baby Cord Skater Skirt

How will you sport this trend? Sound off below!

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