by Diana Regal
Powdery shades of pink, blue, yellow and sea foam green no longer resonate as sweetly candy-coated, and demure. This season’s pastel styles are clean, simplistic and sophisticated.
Boldly blazoning the runway scene as both spring and summer 2014’s latest “it” color, these ice-creamy hues are the go-to palates for designers like Jason Wu and Rebecca Taylor. Saturated in pretty pastels, sharp blazers, boxy dresses and pencil skirts are nothing short of refreshingly modern. From crisply professional to tranquilly casual, be apprised that these looks are serenely polished.
The debut of airy pastel styles undoubtedly portrays a dramatic departure from the clunky weight of winter’s dark woollen layers. A testament to our survival of this year’s ruthless winter chill, we’ve certainly earned a fashion revamp that’s softer on the eyes.
Despite the fact that this picture was snapped in the bitter cold of downtown New York City’s early April, this Big Apple resident felt competent and eager enough to trudge out amidst the dank, heavy colors of everyone else’s thick woolen coats, fully embracing calmer tints of lavender and eggshell white.
Though a bit “rough around the edges,” this fellow’s sartorial pastel ensemble, brilliantly contrasted by a burnt orangey leather messenger bag, conveys the sophisticated and professional role that we can anticipate pastels to play in the sweltering months of May, June and July ahead. A pristine example of how pastels are no longer to be associated with your childhood play things, this outfit is strictly made for grown-ups only.
Header image: Justin Brown