STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Falling for Pastels

October 12th, 2016 at 2:10am
STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Falling for Pastels

Now that autumn has begun, you may be eager to pull out the darker and earthy colored garments that have been hiding in the back of your closet for six months. But don’t be so quick to store your pastels away until the spring. Pastels are actually trending this season, and for good reason. The feminine palette possesses a versatility that allows it to be paired with even the most pigmented colors of fall. When done correctly, pastels actually complement the dark colors of the cooler seasons quite well.

The outfit featured here is a long, light pink blazer over a cream blouse with a black thigh length skirt. The shoes are black ankle boots with fashionable gradient heels that are clear at the bottom. A matching leather bag and simple gold necklace complete a sophisticated and sweet, yet edgy ensemble.

What makes this outfit work is its blend of textures. The loose-fitting blazer paired with the heavier faux leather skirt creates a contrast in textures perfect for the transition into autumn months when distinct layering pieces become increasingly popular. The juxtaposition of bold boots and dark leather with breathable pastel pieces is eye-catching, and the use of pastels ensures that there is some color in the outfit without overwhelming any of the other pieces.

Perhaps surprisingly, pastels aren’t too difficult to pull off in the fall, as long as you have the proper accent pieces and complementary colors in your wardrobe. Offset the sugary palette with traditionally autumnal colors, such as black, camel and gray, and you’ve successfully transformed a conventional spring or summer outfit into the perfect ensemble for a lady nursing her pumpkin spice latte amidst the colorful leaves of fall.