LUPITA NYONG’O was the Queen of the Oscars red carpet in her beautiful pastel blue Prada gown, the colour reminding her, she said, of the Nairobi sky.
Pastel dresses were few and far between on a bit of a dull red carpet in Hollywood on Sunday night, with stars favouring nudes and blacks, and deep navy blues.
But pastel dresses (and skirts, tops, shoes, bags, and the rest) are all over the high street.
So, you can try and emulate the Oscar-winning actresses style. Lupita won Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years A Slave, and collected it in her absolutely gorgeous, fairytale princess gown. The icy blue shade complemented her skintone perfectly. Pastel dresses – in pink and blue primarily – are perfect for a summer wedding or party.
This Sadie maxi dress from Coast (at Debenhams, £175) has a pleated skirt and a lace bodice and is as near to Lupita’s stunning gown we can find.
Prom style dresses work perfectly in the pastel dresses trend – try a mint green and cream jacquard print, or a pink dress, from BHS (£55 and £45, respectively). A simple skater-style silhouette looks great in textured pale blue (£22.99, New Look), or a simple jersey mint green (£19, Dorothy Perkins @ BHS). But our favourite has to be the pastel blue and baby pink mix dress from French Connection (£140) – a lace bodice and a satin skirt make this dress quirkier than the rest.
A gorgeous pink maxi dress (£95, BHS) makes a big pastel statement, and a simple pink lace detail shift dress is a gorgeous look for summer (£60, Warehouse @ Debenhams). We love this icy blue shift dress with lace detail (£36, Warehouse @ Debenhams), and a baby pink halterneck for summer (£19.99, New Look) will look great on both darker and pale skintones. French Connection’s mint green draped dress (£85) with polka dot pattern is a gorgeous alternative to a straight pastel.
No1 Jenny Packham for Debenhams pink dress (£140) with daisy detail screams spring at us! A simple blue shift dress (£36, Warehouse @ Debenhams) or a mint frilled shift (£89, French Connection) can be dressed up with a pair of killer heels and some over the top accessories, or kept simple with some gladiator sandals and not much else in the way of accessories. For the prom, New Look’s embellished maxi in peach (£54.99) is perfect,as is Coast’s princess prom style strapless Tulia dress (£160, Debenhams)
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