The first way to wear pastels is very conservative but impactful with wearing only one pastel, either a single item like a dress or multiples all in the same color or color family. This is an example.-
I absolutely love this dress from Jenny Packham (at left) and this one from Valentino (right). They’re fun and beautiful at the same time. The way that the fabric is draped on the Packham dress really shows off the body and the lace detail adds a bit more formality. I also love the handkerchief hem line. Its different like me. The lace detail on the Valentino dress makes my heart gush with delight. Not to mention the fact that it’s a kind of shirtdress which instantly makes me love it because I love them soooo very much. I personally would add tons of layering to them to make them totally me, but oh well.
The next step up from the same color all over is, the same color with a variation in fabrics and textures. This method also has a great amount of impact, but is still pretty reserved. The different textures though are more of my kind of style. At the same level as this is mixing in a tiny bit of another pastel.
From the left: John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano.
Starting with the first John Galliano dress, What can I say other then it’s amazing. Like the Jenny Packham dress (above) its sheer and has beautiful draping that is extremely feminine but with some layers it would become my perfect everyday outfit. Next the Alexander McQueens. MY ONE TRUE LOVE! I love any and all Alexander McQueen dresses and I really am impressed and full of respect for all of the work that Sarah Burton has done since McQueen’s death. Everything about these two dresses is amazing. The peplums just make them even more amazing because my feelings toward peplums almost as great as my feelings for the McQueen label. Anyways the fabric texture of them is exquisite and the designs themselves are remarkable. They are really excellent examples for the pastel trend. Even though they may be for someone that is a little more bold than the average Joe or Jill, I’m not sure, both? blarg. But they obviously and unfortunately can only be worn for special occasions. Next is the other John Galliano. It is so fifties inspired how could you not want to love it and hug it and call it your friend. And on top of that the sleeves. The puffiness is so perfectly executed it’s like a fluffy little bunny arm! Now on to the next step forward.
Now is when mixing pastels comes in, although some pastel mixtures are not even as stand outish as those McQueens, there are some combos that definitely stand out.
From left: 3.1 Philip Lim, Prada, Prada, Ralph Lauren.
So starting with the Lim outfit its fairly simple but has some distinct modern details. For example the leg slit in the pants (that say” look at me world, I’m a leg, how are you today?! Do you want to be my friend?” Oh not really but I wish. talking legs would be pretty awesome. Back to reality now), the oversized clutch and the simple layering even though that would never be enough layers for me unless it was over 90 degrees and I never wear pants so that too. Next the Prada. I love the pleats, another trend this season, and the way that they continue to the top from the skirt. The pattern also makes it more interesting. Now the Prada leotard bathing suit thingamabob, I have no idea, but its pretty cool even though I would never wear it on its own. The curving of the lines really makes the figure look great and the whole thing just gives me a feeling of Oh me Gerd! The Ralph Lauren is the next piece in this part. I love the yellow pants especially since it is my favorite color, and the loose flowiness of the fabric makes it a pair of pants that I would actually love to wear. The whole outfit is just lovely.
Next to last step up is pastels with prints. Dun dun dun!!! This is mostly for the more outgoing people unless the prints are very subdued.
From left: Jill Stuart, Jonathon Saunders and Ralph Lauren.
This Jill Stuart top is great, the pattern is adorable and the different color collar and cuffs make the piece. I also really enjoy the droop of the sleeves which make it less formal. This shirt would be a great layering piece. This Jonathon Saunders dress is another great layering piece. The floral large print is a-ma-zing! And I love the fit of it. Lastly the Ralph Lauren outfit. The skirt is very much like one that I have so of course I love it. The overall look is great.
Last is layering pastels, textures and printed pastels.
From left: MiuMiu, Jonathon Saunders, House of Holland.
These first two are basically my two favorite looks for the pastel trend. And from all of my tangents you can probably tell why, LAYERING! It is my favorite and then the MiuMiu mixing prints only adds to my joy. The lace double layer skirt and the mini cape mixed with the polkadot bra top just come together to make a perfect look. Then the Jonathon Saunders is just a clothingasm. I love all of the layers and the pattern and the shoes and just Aaaahaaah! Lastly the House of Holand that makes you see sonic rainbooms! It is just delightful. I would wear that in a heart beat.
That’s it. Thank you if you actually read all of this since it is really long. Your all lovely. Bye!