Pastel hues tend to make a comeback every spring, but soft, sherbet-like hues are especially top-of-mind this year. For that, you can thank Pantone—aka the grand tastemakers of all things color—for naming Rose Quartz (a warm pink) and Serenity (a dreamy blend of pastel blue and purple) the official colors of 2016.
There’s no better time to break out that pale yellow blouse, mint green skirt or pink floral frock, but resist the urge to pile on pastel from head to toe (you’ll look like a schoolgirl at an Easter egg hunt). Instead, try anchoring your look with neutrals such gray and army green—and of course, denim goes with everything.. Read on to check out trios of tops, shoes and accessories to give your wardrobe a refreshing pastel punch.
3 TOPS TO TRY
Gingy & Coco’s peplum top ($19.99) gives the classically feminine silhouette a modern accent with a fishtail panel in back. The peachy coral color would pair well with light or white skinny denim, ballet flats and a statement necklace.
Discreet’s crochet back top ($14.99) comes in marbled mint and coral tones and has just the right slouchy, relaxed shape to keep pastel from looking to proper. Bonus: The dreamcatcher-inspired necklace is included.
High-low hems are still going strong in the trend department, and Jolt’s lace hem top ($17.99) boasts a touch of texture thanks to the scalloped trim. Choose from soft gray, pistachio and pale coral.
3 PAIRS OF SHOES TO SPORT
Pair these Chuck Taylor-inspired sneakers ($12.47-$24.95) with flirty floral dress or a denim shirt and white or khaki shorts. With a lavender hue and rubber cap-toed style, they’re a little bit tea party and a little bit basketball game.
The cork wedge will always be a warm weather staple when it comes to sandals. We love the sky blue-hued woven canvas that tops off the Mosaic Wedge Sandal ($39.95), which has a buckle at the ankle to get the perfect fit.
You can rock pastels in the gym, too, with Puma’s Cell Riaze sneaker ($64.95), which features mint green accents along the sole, tongue and side.
3 MUST-HAVE ACCESSORIES
The Wayfarer is a thoroughly retro silhouette for sunglasses, but ombre pink frames and gradient lenses make this pair ($9.99) feel firmly rooted in 2016.
Lightweight scarves are just the right layering piece to combat a cool breeze on spring days. This dusty pink scarf ($8) would mix well with the pastel pattern of your choice, be it florals, stripes or polka dots
Add a nouveau flower girl vibe to a T-shirt and jeans with this two-tone rhinestone flower headwrap ($3.99).