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March 6, 2012

How to Wear Pastels

Pastels are quite quickly setting up camp in my wardrobe predominantly ruled by the reign of black, and these Easter hues, I must admit, have been bringing a sense of joy into the act of getting dressed in the morning.  But I’m not going to tell you how you should wear pastels; heaven knows I detest rules.  What I will do is share with you how I wear it, what pleases my eye, and if you like it, feel free to take note.

Illesteva wood sunglasses, vintage white dinner jacket and peach shirt, Club Monaco sweater, Wood Wood lavender jeans, Number (N)ine shoes

Pastels with other pastels – the softness of the hues make for a dreamlike blur of gentle colors when worn together, as opposed to bold, cartoon-like color-blocking when primaries and other brights are layered upon each other.  I also like mixing pastels of differing intensities.

peach shirt, lavender pants, and a punchy mint accent nail

Pastels with soft neutrals – Creams, grays, and camels make for great neutral bases for pastel pieces.  Blacks and navies could work too, but I like the ethereality of an all-light look.

vintage peach shirt and white dinner jacket, Club Monaco cashmere sweater (delightfully coming undone thanks to my large head!), and a vintage mourning pin

Metals with pastels – I do like to wear metals with my pastels, be it glimmery like my pinky ring or dark and aged like the pin.  I think metals add dimension to clothes that might be otherwise flat and chalky.


And finally, balance – I don’t think I’d ever recommend doing all-pastels all-tight from head to toe, lest you look like a dick.  In an Easter-themed condom.  But that’s just me.

photographs by Hudson Shively 


  • Andrew
    March 6th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    love the one painted nail

  • Joseph
    March 7th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I love the pin! adds an awesome touch to the outfit :D


  • Tom
    March 14th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Do you know where to get a similar penny collar shirt from?

  • Izzy
    March 14th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Tom: Eton (http://www.etonshirts.com/) makes a good round-collar shirt, and the high street stores like Zara and H&M will have them from time to time.

  • Hannah
    March 17th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    This look is so cool!

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