STYLE GURU STYLE: Pantone Pastel

Ever since I was young, pink has been a critical part of my wardrobe. Whether it was the scrunchie tied around my slicked-back ponytail or the top I matched my brown gaucho pants with, pink was always involved. As the great Elle Woods once said, “Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed.” There came a point, right around when Juicy Couture velour tracksuits took over the scene, where the color pink turned into a cheap fuchsia. It was so overdone that I thought I may never dissociate the color from the tracksuits. Thanks to Pantone’s two colors of 2016, though, Rose Quartz and Serenity—a mix of blush pink and a cool blue—pink is back on the runway and in stores after its much-needed hiatus. 

Popping up on runways all over the world, pastels in pinks and blues are making a bold statement on what winter wear really is. Though I am the first to say black should be everyone’s favorite color, this uprising of pastels—on display in shows like the Prada fall 2015 ready-to-wear show—is seriously refreshing. It’s awesome to see how designers are breaking from the conventional for fall and winter wardrobes and incorporating subdued tones of some of the most wearable colors of the season. In the Prada show, specifically, I thought their use of the space as a showcase for the palette alongside the clothes being modeled on the runway was insanely effective. It really allowed for the blush pinks and light greens to stand out, as well as the models’ light, airy beauty looks.

Inspired by this show and my newfound appreciation for winter pastels, I decided to welcome pink back into my wardrobe. I put on my usual ripped black jeans and black shirt and threw a white faux fur coat on top. This season has been really good to the color white, as this huge trend of pastels and lighter looks has been on the rise. Straying from my usual dark lips and black purse, I accessorized with hot pink matte lips and carried a blush pink Rebecca Minkoff purse. Just this simple change of trading black accessories for the white and pink pieces made a huge difference in my look. It would have looked fine had I gone for the black, but lightening things up brought it to a whole new level. Going for pastels in winter can be a challenge, but it is totally worth giving it a shot. My personal advice to you, Fashionista/os, would be to not go pastel from head to toe. Start basic and incorporate the winter whites, pinks and blues through statement pieces like a bag or a stand out beauty look to take your normally drab winter wardrobe up a notch without looking seasonally challenged. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to brighten things up!

Get My Look: 1. Winter coat. 2. Bright lip. 3. Statement accessory.