January 16, 2018

How to Wear Pastels Without Looking Like Sorbet

Pastels for now and later.

Perfectly Pretty Pastels

Pastels can be worn at other times aside from spring and summer? You bet!

In fact, we absolutely adore pastels this time of year. These lighter shades bring a delicate, soft touch to a look, and they look equally as good paired with other pastels as they do with contrasting colors.

Though, you want to make sure you don’t resemble an Easter egg or a bowl of sorbet. Not that there’s anything wrong with either thing, but it’s also not necessarily what you want to resemble.

How to Wear Pastels

1. Monochromatic and Marvelous

Rock the same pastel shade from head to toe. This is not only incredibly chic, but it can be very flattering and elongating, too.

2. Cool with Contrast

On the flip side, it’s just as stylish to wear a pink pastel skirt with a black motorcycle jacket or black heels. It’s equal parts feminine, cool, edgy, and unexpected.

3. Pastel Partners

As well, don’t be afraid of wearing different shades of pastel colors together. Just make sure you keep an eye on your silhouettes, and find the most flattering pieces when mixing colors.

4. Find a Few

If wearing more than one pastel color at a time, steer clear of wearing too many at once. Three is sometimes even too much depending on the outfit; try to stick to just a couple different pastel colors so you’re not looking too much like that aforementioned Easter egg.

5. Accessories Always

Now, if you’re still unsure about pastels, you can always start with your accessories. Grab a pastel pink clutch or mint green jewelry, and let that be your pastel pick.

6. Only Ombre

When it comes to pastels, ombre is always a good idea. Because pastels are already a very soft arena of colors, they look beautiful as an ombre effect as it goes from “dark” to very light.

7. Nicely Neutral

Neutral shoes and accessories will look great with pastels no matter what. Again, due to the soft, light nature of pastel colors, neutral accents, such as light grey, will also complement them beautifully.

8. Totally Tonal

Finally, pair your pastels with their darker counterpart. Think a pastel pink sweater with a bold pink skirt. Simply gorgeous!

Street Style

As always, we love showing you how some of the most fashionable ladies wear their pastels, so keep on scrolling.

How Carrie Wears Pastels

And Carrie has worn pastels often, specifically pink! Check out some of our favorite pastel looks of hers below.

How You Can Wear Pastels

And now, your favorite part; it’s time to shop! Below we’ve rounded up some of our favorite pastel picks that are out there right now. Enjoy!

Your Thoughts

We’d love to hear from you. Are you into pastels? What is your favorite way to hear them? We’d love to hear in the comments below!

Have a great rest of your day and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!


Street style photos borrowed from Total Beauty, Pop Sugar, CR Fashion Book, Victoria Platina, Pop Sugar, Harper’s Bazaar, The Red Attitude, Style Charade  


  1. Hi Carrie,
    What a great curated selection of pastel options.

    Have a good day 🙂


    1. Thanks so much, Sheri! I appreciate you chiming in always. 🙂

      More color please,

  2. Jenn Lake says:

    Oh my gosh, thanks so much for including my photo – so sweet of you! I absolutely adore all of your pastel looks. Impossible to choose a favorite!

    1. Of course, Jenn! You know we adore you. 🙂

      More color, please!

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