The power of pastels is never more prominent than in summer months but this season’s unique angle is to wear them in ample proportion. Masters of the layering game, rejoice – now is your time to shine. Think variations of the same colour worn head-to-toe and punctuated with pops of stronger shades and you’re on the right track. The icing on top of the cake? Anyone can wear this look; it’s just a case of styling it right.
Discover the power of pastels and how to wear them for now
Palm prints traditionally come in bright, saturated hues so this season’s pastel iteration comes as a welcome surprise. Already impactful, a printed dress such as this works best when styled with the ‘less is more’ notion in mind. Match the softness of the colour palette with nude or pink accessories in supple suede and only choose the most delicate of jewels to add a touch of sparkle.
The jumpsuit is a mainstay in any occasionwear line-up and summer is the perfect time for its younger sister – the shorter, more playful variation – to have its moment. Work two trends at once by teaming this mini-length all-in-one with minimalistic tailoring in soft, sunshine-ready hues. Blue playsuits are perhaps the most approachable pastel in the spectrum and it suits all manner of skin-tones, so if you’re yet to be convinced by the trend, it’s a failsafe place to start.
Blushing pastel hues offer a considered take on conventional separates’ styling and when worn head to toe, pink is the fashion-lover’s statement for now. A far cry from the girlish connotations of seasons gone by, SS17’s offering presents something altogether sophisticated. Matching tones strike the balance between two-piece and all-in-one, adding something unexpected into the mix. Take this look from day to evening by switching an oversized tote for the most miniature of cross-body bags, and flats for dusky pink heels.
There’s a sense of boyish ease about an oversized ladies' t-shirt paired with white jeans but when imagined in a fresh sorbet-inspired palette, the look suddenly comes laced with feminine charm. Slices of sunshine yellow teamed with fresh white will modernise the classic off-duty combination and lend themselves well to city days in the sun. Switch all-white sneakers for chic grey sandals and add a pocket square fastened at the neck and styled as a scarf to take this look to more coastal destinations.