How To Wear Pastels To A Wedding



Nothing captures the romantic mood of a summer ceremony like soft, feminine pastels. We reveal five styling tricks that will help take your look into best dressed, rather than bridesmaid territory  


Universally flattering, elegant and feminine – it’s no wonder pastels are the first sartorial port of call for bridesmaids, family members and, (more often than not), the entire colour scheme of a wedding.

Omnipresent at summer nuptials in any setting or season, confectionary colours are a perennial occasionwear pick. Most modern when worn with a tailored finish or paired with an unexpected accessory choice, pastels can be an adaptable option for any invite-only dress code. We show you how to wear them... 

team with summer stripes

Pull two SS18 trends into one ensemble by teaming soft saccharine shades with a backdrop of striking stripes. Pistachio green pairs well with monochromatic lines, steering the look away from a nautical feel into a more neutral sartorial sphere. 

Make a pair of striped trousers the focal point of your outfit or layer the pattern with colour-blocked pastels. The final finishing touch? Beige or taupe accessories that won't distract from the overall effect. 

choose a printed pastel

Patterns offer a head-turning twist to traditionally softer shades, especially when styled with white, cream or neutral separates. Use your printed piece as the foundation for your outfit and build the look around it, injecting a summer sensibility with pops of complimentary pastels.

Far from prim; watercolour, floral or painterly prints can lift an ensemble from expected - to enticing. Play it safe with a spectrum of chalky shades (especially if you're attending as a plus one) or go bold in clashing colours.     



add a tailored element

Don't just reach for fit-and-flare dresses or pretty, party silhouettes. For the most modern way to wear pastels, look no further than a crisp, tailored two-piece.

Structured separates give sugary colours a sharper, more grown-up feel that eschews traditional occasionwear moulds, especially when worn oversized. Prefer a more feminine take on the trend? Pair an off-white co-ord with pops of rosy pink or drape a silk, blush blazer over your outfit for an instant nod to androgyny.   

when in doubt, go tonal

Worn head-to-toe, pastels can be unquestionably chic, especially in on-trend shades like lavender and Millennial-approved blush. If you’re concerned about looking too bridesmaid-esque, opt for a muted, rather than saturated hue (this will keep the look more contemporary), and make sure to choose a colour that compliments your skin tone.

Soft apricot, sherbet yellow and mint green work beautifully with deeper complexions whereas petal pinks and periwinkle blues suit a fairer colouring. 

pair with non-bridal accessories

If your colour palette usually errs towards more edgier shades, use statement accessories to give girlish ice cream tones a tougher finish.

Touches of embellishment, metallics or animal prints are a total outfit gamechanger, especially when juxtaposed against a pretty pastel look. Want to add a more individual vibe? Up the ante by clashing your shoes with your clutch for a look that's equal parts youthful, cool and contemporary.