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Spring's pastel fashion

IT’S that time of year when we can start to think about the day when we can pack away our thick layers for the arrival of spring.

Everyone I speak to who loves all things fashion or shopping is telling me how the shops are full of new exciting colours for the forthcoming season, and more importantly, colours we haven’t seen in a while.

We swooned over the frothy, cupcake coloured shades on the runways, but when it comes to real life, incorporating pastels into our spring wardrobe may require some thought.

S/S12 pastels are soft and chalky in equal measure. To really rock this trend you can layer together for added impact, or why not dip your toes into the pastels trend with a pair of courts?

It may be winter outside, but in my heart it’s spring, because in the fashion world, winter ends the moment the winter collections hit the sale rails.

What this season demands, and at your earliest convenience, is a complete rethink on the subject of pastels. I haven’t worn pastel colours for about two decades, essentially because as an adult operating in the real world there is almost no circumstance in which lemon tailoring or a minty green knit feels quite right.

If you’ve been shopping over the last couple of weeks you will have noticed lots of pastels ready for next season. The fashion dictators and forecasters have decreed that ice cream shades are going to be the ‘hot new thing’. This may look super cool if you’re a 20-year-old or a prima ballerina, but maybe not so great if you are a 40-something woman or older whose idea of wearing colour is red lipstick with an all black outfit.

We’ve all become aware that black isn’t always as good an option for us as a neutral. It’s now considered professional rather than rock ‘n’ roll. Dirty grey is the new black for Kate Moss wannabes; navy is good for making you look a bit French; oatmeal is for people who are really into work-life balance. Pastels present a whole new learning curve.

Early intelligence suggests that pink, being the least unexpected of the pastels, will be left in the shade by blue, green and yellow tones.

The ultimate power-dressing combination for spring is lemon yellow with ice blue, as already seen on the catwalk at Prada and Preen and on the cover of Vogue.

Afraid of looking like the Easter Bunny’s sidekick or a middle-aged mother of the bride who bought her outfit from the fourth floor of a department store? Follow these tips for a fresh, sophisticated look:

Pastels look great with neutrals like khaki, olive, cream, and grey. Try adding a pastel accessory like a belt, bag, or cuff to an otherwise neutral ensemble.

Find your most flattering pastel hue by choosing the bright colour that looks best on you and then finding its pale counterpart. Are you radiant in emerald or teal? Try wearing mint or sea foam.

Pair a pastel top with a bright bottom from the same colour family (or vice-versa) for a fun and sophisticated take on the trend.

Make-up colours are all ice cream and candy floss shades too, from pale lipsticks to frosty eyes.

Don’t buy sickly sweet colours. There is a very real danger of looking like you’re wearing ’70s style synthetic nighties from Brentford Nylons. You have been warned!

Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/columnists/2012/02/16/wenda-james-rowe-spring-s-pastel-fashion-91466-30338767/#ixzz1n8vj2NQG

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