As you have probably all noticed by now, pastels are heavily featured in this year’s spring and summer collections (surprisingly enough). I have naturally light skin and dark hair so I personally rather like wearing cool-toned pastels as they tend to bring out my hair nicely. But I know some people feel that pastels are just too girly, cliché or plain boring.
Rose Quartz – yay or nay?
Pastel shades have always been around for spring I suppose. Light colours seem to carry a sense of renewal but these shades have literally exploded in the stores right now! Undoubtedly, the main reason for this is that the Pantone Institute announced their color of the year 2016 which happen to be Rose Quartz – a light pink and Serenity – a light Blue. You can check out an overview of their colors here. Of course, this is a marketing approach, which I don’t always welcome. In a way, it tries to dictate what we wear but I think one can still take inspiration from it. Last year’s Marsala craze gave me a headache after a while (although I don’t mind the color but it was simply EVERYWHERE)!
Although I’m not one to follow trends blindly I was actually pleased to hear about this year’s color choices as this means there will be more items on the market. Time to stock up on some pieces! I remember there were times when I was actually looking for nice light pink in vain. I like pink, I will admit it openly – always have but even I have made a steep climb from the pink-all-over outfits of my 80’s childhood to the mostly statement pieces or pastel pinks I wear on a regular basis nowadays. With pink, I fully agree, you sometimes have to be careful that it’s not colour overload or drifts off into the realms of tacky or kitschy – except when that’s intended, of course! I go in heavily for fun looks so everything is acceptable, in my eyes. All the same, I think pastels can be styled in all kinds of cool ways to tone them down and make them less prominent in an outfit. And they can be made to suit all skin tones.
Ways To Style Rose Quartz
- match pastel pinks with bright statement pieces
- wear a pastel trench for spring
- combine with metallic details
- match it with florals, polka dots or lace for an ultra-feminine, vintage look
- wear a pink oversized piece with your white sneakers for a contemporary take
- tone it down with grey and simple cuts for a less frilly look
- play with gender roles and opt for classically masculine cuts and pieces in pastel tones
What do you think about the current pastel colors? Are you in or will you give them a pass?