Pretty Pastels

Every spring, pretty pastels hit the stores – and why not? They’re deliciously springlike, mirroring the cute spring flowers that are peeping through, and that whole Easter vibe we’ve got going on.

Easter was way early this year, so we’re early with these gorgeous pretty pastels too. Those weddings you have to attend might be a few months off yet, but there’s no harm in looking at outfits and/or accessories.

Adding a little pretty pastel colour to your wardrobe gets you in the springtime mood, even if you aren’t really there yet!

Of course this year’s Pantone Color of the Year is actually two pastels – rose quartz, a pink, and serenity, a pale blue.

They’re classic gender specific, ‘baby’ colours, but we love them both on adults. Pastel pink is not for everyone. It can be hard, but it does suit most skintones and hair colours – redheads look fantastic in pastel pink with bold red lips. Trust us!

pretty pastels pinkClockwise, from top left: Pink suit jacket, £130, trousers, £80, French Connection, pink prom dress, £110, Debut @ Debenhams, pink crinkle top, £12.99, pink bag, £18.99, New Look, pink pumps, £29.95, White Stuff

Pastel blue is a cool colour, but works brilliantly with all skintones – it has endless versatility – team it with other pastels, darker shades of blue, bold red lips, denim and more. We love it.

pretty pastels blueClockwise, from top left: Pale blue and dark blue top, £30, Angel Eye @ JOY,  shirt, £36, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, simple top, £32.50, White Stuff, bomber jacket, £29.99, New Look, lace up sandals, £27.99, New Look, blue flower earrings, £5.99, New Look

Maye pink and blue are the predictable spring pastels, and you prefer to stand out a bit more. Then perhaps pastel mint green is for you. Lovely with denim, perfect with white, black and grey, it’s a classy shade.

pretty pastels mint green

Clockwise, from top left: MiInt frilled blouse, £14.99, H&M, mint hoodie, £14.99, H&M, chiffon trimmed T-shirt, £16, French Connection, mint nail polish, £3.99, H&M, two-tone clutch, £35, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams

Or, maybe you want to have fun with pastel yellow? The cutest of the spring pastels, yellow pastel shades are all a little different from the palest of lemon yellows to those getting near that bolder, yellow edge of the colour rainbow. Wearing any yellow brings instant spring sunshine to your life, right?

pretty pastels yellow

Clockwise, from top left: Off-the-shoulder lace top, £29.99, H&M, lemon neck detail dress, £45, BHS, yellow handbag, £12.99, New Look, linen shorts, £35, White Stuff, lemon lace thong, £5, bra, £12, BHS

The Pink Dress & Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett has created  bit of a storm with her dress choice for last night’s Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. The Carol actress walked the red carpet in a pale pink fringed, lace gown by Givenchy.

It was quite a departure for the actress, who is known for her simple, classic style. And it has landed her on a few ‘worst dressed’ lists today.

But…what do they know?! The pink dress is the only dress you will need this summer, trust us. Yes, we know pink is a bit of a difficult colour to wear. It’s the ultimate girly shade, the colour women either love or loathe. It divides opinions, and provokes reactions, and it is one half of the Pantone Color of the Year this year, in the form of rose quartz.

Forget fuchsia hues, it’s all about pale pink. The pink dress you need is a pale, rose hue – the classic baby pink.

Cate’s dress may seem a strange choice, but Givenchy are on the mark with this beautiful, unusual, stand-out gown. Fringing is also here to stay, following on from its resurgence last year thanks to the 1970s trend (another that’s sticking around).

So, if you want to get ahead of the game, it’s all about the pink dress. Start looking now, and here’s a few to get you off to a flying start.

If it’s ruffles you want, then French Connection’s baby pink ruffled dress is in the sale (£48, was £160). New Look’s summer collection includes this gorgeous palm print maxi dress (£24.99) in a more peachy-pink, which can be more flattering to some skintones.

H&M’s lace dress is a simple version of the pink dress  to ease you into the trend -and it’s a bargain in the sale (£12, was £19.99).

the pink dress threeFringes and a peachy pink make this H&M dress (£49.99) the pink dress we want for the spring evenings. If a classic prom style is more your thing, there are a few of those coming too. New Look’s has a gorgeous floral waist detail (£24.99), whilst the Debut @ Debenhams number is more of a simple, classic style (£110).

the pink dress twoBHS’s lace rose pink midi dress (£95) is our absolute favourite, even if it is from their bridal collection. It is pink perfection, if a little sugary for some, but we just love it. French Connection’s ombre pink sequinned shift is a sale bargain (£112, was £160), and Oasis @ Debenhams embellished pink shift is classic, and not too girly, agreed? Just a little hint of sparkle (£45).

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What would be the pink dress for you?