Pretty in Pastel

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Pastels are definitely ‘The Terminator’ of the fashion industry. They just won’t go away. And for Spring 2014 they have made an impressive comeback-Arnie style.

The use of pastels was infamous in the 1950’s and spawned the age of the glamorous suburban housewife-in a shift from the austerity of the 1940’s to the prosperity of the 1950’s. Fashion giant Dior championed the pastel skirt that had the bouffant petticoat underneath- these statement skirts were iconic of the 1950’s style and were as voluminous as the women’s beehives. This far from retiring look was made popular by Hollywood sweethearts; Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.

Pastel hues are flattering for any age and any shape, whether it’s a structured mint green suit for the boardroom that will also make your colleagues green-but with envy, or a pink, figure-hugging bodycon dress to hit the town; pastels are definitely one of the most wearable fashion trends

Popular fashion houses Jason Wu, House of Holland and Burberry presented pastels perfectly on the runway with tailored spider-web lace dresses and androgynous oversized suits.

But you don’t need to extend your overdraft just to invest in this trend, high street stores- New Look and Topshop have some great pastel picks.


Blue jumper chloe stuart

This powder blue cropped jumper from New Look is an essential accoutrement to your pastel collection and is a steal at £14.99. Team it with another spring essential this year- a pair of ‘hounds’-tooth’ tailored trousers to complete the look- ideal for a nice lunch date or some retail therapy with friends.


chloe stuart pastal

These blue gingham cigarette trousers; priced at a competitive £42.99 from Topshop are a perfect pastel pick and will have you channelling your inner ‘Dorothy’ – and will hopefully leave you feeling ‘somewhere over the rainbow’. Style with a cute cropped fluffy jumper and statement heels if you’re feeling uber girly. If you want to be a bit more edgy, team them with an oversized slogan tee, a chunky gold chain and a slick of red lipstick to bring out your inner rock goddess.

So pack away the grey and black winter staples as it’s time to finally add a splash of colour to your wardrobe! Hallelujah!


By Chloe Stuart