Spring Trends: Pastels

By Amy & Amanda
April 15, 2018

If you tuned in last week, most likely you read all about Village Style’s unique offerings as a consignment boutique. There are so many great spring items, from designer labels to your favorite national chains like J.Crew, to locally handmade upcycles, we couldn’t contain all of our choices to one post! So here we are bringing you the second installment of our partnership with Village Style!

We’ve noticed a greater number of of pastels than usual popping up this spring, so for this segment we wanted highlight a few options available at Village Style and also talk about how to style them so you can feel oh so light and airy without merging into Easter Egg territory. If pastels are out of your comfort zone but you’re thinking about trying them out, shopping consignment is a great way to experiment without investing a lot of your clothing budget. If you already wear color, we recommend starting with a pastel shade of the color you wear most. If you’re an all-neutrals kind of woman, starting with a scarf or top that mixes pastels with a neutral would be a great way to test the waters.

Look One

Soft peachy-pinks are one of Amanda’s go-to wardrobe staples, so we had to use this Banana Republic blouse from Shelly’s current inventory. With a silky, airy feel and a subtle peach color-blocked with tones of gray, this top has a bit of an edge.  The dark tones help it transition from winter to spring and pairs really nicely with Amanda’s grey J.Crew Factory skinny jeans (a review of similarly fabricated jeans in black can be found here). Pairing pastels with light neutrals, such as camel, cream, white, or light gray is a really effective way of keeping the pastels fresh while incorporating them into a timeless wardrobe. If you prefer more contrast, you can also pair with a darker neutral like black, navy, or dark gray, or go for a bold tonal look by using a more saturated shade in the same color family (though we’d recommend neutral accessories in this case).

Look Two

The next outfit we styled includes a softer, patterned use of pastels. This slightly  more conservative approach would easily transition to work if worn with a skinny ankle chino pant or tucked into a pair of high-waisted wide leg pants. We paired a lovely Cabi turquoise/olive top (size medium for $22) with jeans for an easy breezy option, and then layered with this Ellen Tracy stone faux leather jacket to compliment the shirt without overpowering it. The jacket adds a layer of warmth for these changeable spring days, but as it gets warmer would pair equally well with a sundress as an alternative to your denim jacket. This is definitely an example of pairing your pastels with neutrals and this outfit could support some bolder accessories if you choose. We opted to continue with the pastel trend in accessory selection for our purposes simply because I’m obsessed with these Long oval drop earrings (for only $8! Though I  will caution that they were super heavy). This just goes to show, wear what makes you happy!

We finished both outfits off with these Cole Haan gray Driving Moccs (size  6.5 for $38). One of the best things about a driving mocc is the way the tread comes up onto the heel of the shoe, a detail originally intended to protect the heel from the wear and tear of driving (hence the name!) I was a little surprised by the grippy feel of these, as the sole is essentially composed of rubber nubs creating a tread, but they were gloriously comfortable to walk around in. The color is versatile (I don’t always think to incorporate a grey shoe into my arsenal of neutral staples), and the condition of these in particular is pristine.

We went for the simplicity of pastel tops today, but if you’re loving this trend, don’t be afraid! Skirts or pants that include pastel tones can be paired with neutral tops or complimentary bold colors. Pastel shoes, scarves, or bags can add a little softness to any look. We’d love to hear how you incorporate this trend into your Spring wardrobe!

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