Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How I Wear My: Pastel

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget).

Who can resist the sugary-sweet shades of pastel colors this time of year? With gardens and parks in full spring bloom it seems instinctive to want to take a page from Mother Mature’s book and put those lovely pale colors on our own backs, so Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and I decided to devote this month’s “How I Wear My” to pastels.

We had a great turnout this month and I love the range of colors shown here. This may be the cheeriest “How I Wear My” ever because of all these gorgeous pastels. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget), above, my beautiful “How I Wear My” partner, said, “I have very little pastel in my wardrobe but I do have lots of denim. This soft chambray shirt by Nine West fits in to both categories. I usually wear my shirt with other light colors like these white destroyed boyfriend jeans from Gap, then add some soft cognac accessories and sandals. It’s an effortless and comfortable look for summer.”

I really love this ensemble on Adrienne, the entire thing, down to her nail polish! Don’t you think this is the perfect summer look?

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb.

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb recently went on a trip to Paris as an ambassador for La Redoute, lucky gal! Part of the award included spending money and Catherine decided to splurge on this fabulous white and blue striped sequined top by Les Petites. You know I love a sequin (and a Breton stripe) so I’d say this was a smart purchase! I love that she paired it with a lilac skirt, T-strap sandals and her lovely red hair in a bun. How’s that for glamorous Parisian style? You can read about how this particular look came together here.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life is wearing a lovely floral dress by J. Crew which I think suits her so well and I love the different pastel colors featured in the print, don’t you?

Terry of Terry’s Two Cents.

I love pastels on a guy and Terry of Terry’s Two Cents looks summer-ready in this great combo of DKNY jeans, pale yellow shirt by Basic Editions, and Levi’s flip-flops. Good day, Sunshine!

Sue of A Colourful Canvas.

I absolutely adore this ensemble on Sue of A Colourful Canvas, from the white jeans to the lime cardigan (you know how I feel about a cardigan) to the aqua scarf and especially the gold sandals and tote! Both the bag and shoes were thrifted and could not be more perfect for summer.

Faux Fuchsia.

Faux Fuchsia wrote, “I think pastels work a treat in a twinset combination.”

And what a treat this twinset combo is on Faux Fuchsia—that embroidered and sequined shell is divine, and I especially love that she paired the shell and the sweater with jewels and a glass of white wine. Yes to all, please!

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep.

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep shows us how to layer during the hot weather with this fabulous combination of pale yellow wide-legged pants by A/X (love!), white tank by Cabi, and denim bralet from Topshop. I love this edgy and sexy summer look on her!

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made said it seemed like pastels are something she likes better in theory than in real life, a sentiment which I totally understand, judging by the low number of pastels in my own closet.

Ana is wearing a Nanette Lepore dress featuring a pastel print and a khaki Theory blazer, which is a great combination! And get this, she made the necklace and her son made the belt. She joked, “I think I have taken the ‘Made in USA’ thing from USA to made local to made in my own house!”

That is one talented crew under her roof!

Silk Path Diary.

Silk Path Diary wrote, “I wear pastels with my neutrals as another way to keep my basics fresh and for a lighter color palette even though the weather may be cool and dull. Another great thing about pastels is that they are so easy to wear with neutral accessories, I don’t have to really think about it! The older I get the more I realize how flattering pastel shades can be but for me, I’d only ever wear one main item plus a small accessory at most per outfit.”

Oh I do love this pastel outfit on SPD and it’s me, your ol’ pal with the Hermès obsession, so please forgive me if I weep a little over this beautiful Kelly SPD carries as one of her neutral accessories. Love love love.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina said of her look, “This is my very old wrap skirt which just seems to keep making it out of the closet each year for a different twist. This time I accessorized with my pastel scarf to give it a new look for the season.”

You know a garment was worth every penny if you keep bringing it out of your closet every year and I really like that Trina paired the skirt with this fluttery yellow scarf!

Alicia of Spashionista.

Alicia of Spashionista said, “I rarely wear pastels. In fact, if the mint dress pictured had not been a Shabby Apple Giveaway prize I probably would’ve passed on it. But it was free, and fabulous, and I wore it to celebrate my 53rd birthday!”

I love the mint dress on Alicia, especially with those wedges and glamorous necklace. Perfection. And Happy Birthday Alicia!

Jan of Fort Smith Stylista.

Jan of Fort Smith Stylista wrote, “I don’t often wear pastels, not so much because they wash me out (and they can!) but I’ve worried that the wrong shade can look a little elderly. Particularly in solids. But this very soft, summery dress by Vera Wang: Simply Vera is made from a modern watercolor print with muted pastels combined with more saturated colors and a variety of textures.”

Jan also said it seems more contemporary to her to wear pastels with minimal jewelry, nothing too sweet.

I think Jan looks fantastic and she also brings up an interesting point about pastels and age. Do you shy away from pastels because you worry they will make you look too old?

Karen of Mrs. LookingGood.

Karen of Mrs. LookingGood wrote, “I only have a few pastels in my wardrobe and this dress is the girliest and most floral I have with light pink on it.”

Karen is wearing a thrifted Lauren Conrad dress and her blue flats are thrifted too. I’d say Karen is ready for a romantic garden party in this look!

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40.

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 said she likes to wear pastels more in accessories than garments, which I think might be how I feel too. This lovely sorbet orange and turquoise scarf is from Soft Surroundings and I like how Pam has pared it with a neutral outfit and a terrific bag and sunglasses.

Merci of Chic on Thrift.

Merci of Chic on Thrift wrote, “I always dress for myself but it’s more of a confidence booster when strangers stop you to tell you how lovely your outfit is. That was the case with this dress.”

Merci’s pale pink dress was a gift from her mother. It is so ruffled and dreamy, like something out of an Edwardian novel.

Helen of Valley of the Shoes.

Helen of Valley of the Shoes is wearing a seafoam green tunic with a pair of white skorts (love!). She said, “I kept the accessories gold, white with a bit of mint green (in my bangle). I think the light color palette looks great with a tan.”

Helen looks ready for one fun and glamorous pool party. Hope I’m invited!

Nicole of High Latitude Style.

Nicole of High Latitude Style wrote, “Pastels are tricky on me because of my relatively fair skin. Thus, I prefer dark colors to create a little contrast and when I wear pastels I keep them away from my face and add something dark, like in this photo. Here I am wearing my yellow floral pastel skirt that I bought for dancing, with my utility jacket to take the girly a little bit down.”

I am with Nicole on the taking the girly down a little. I love girly on my daughter, who is seven. I do not like it on me, so I understand just what Nicole means. Tell me, do you tone down pastels like Nicole and I do?

Kim of Northern California Style.

Kim of Northern California Style checks her mail while looking California cool in a J. Crew pale blue denim shirt and shorts. I do believe that is also their Farmer’s Market tote, which I also own (see below), and I bet Kim will agree with me that it is a great bag for summer!

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life is wearing a lovely Old Navy sundress. She says, “The baby blue is such a pretty color for summer.”

This is a great dress on Linda—notice the eyelet detailing— and I love that she added jeweled thong sandals, a white hat, and a blue mani-pedi too!

Celina of Celina’s Lookbook.

Celina of Celina’s Lookbook wrote, “I tend to wear bold, vibrant colors, but when I saw this pastel pink by Pleione on, I knew I needed it in my life. Pale pink and white can come off as very girly and dainty so I decided to add a bit of edge to the outfit by wearing leopard print skater shoes. I think the overall look is classic and feminine, as well as modern and on trend for this spring.

This is a great outfit, I would wear it too, and with those slip-ons Celina could’ve joined us last month for “How I Wear My: Sneakers!” Note that, like Nicole above, Celina also likes to tone down the girly of pastel pink. I hear both of you ladies!

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades.

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades says, “I love pastels because they manage to be both refreshing and soothing at the same time. I always associate pastels with summer fun, ice cream, and happy times.”

I’m with Cynthia, I find pastels very soothing, especially in jewelry and nail polish colors. I do love this look on her of the mint green blouse with black shorts. Pastels with black (or white) is my favorite combination. I do believe this is the exact pair Helen, above, is wearing, only in black! Right?

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files wrote, “I don’t own very much pastel in my wardrobe, this may in fact be the only summer item I own in pastel. Sadly the midday sun is shining, so brightly it blew out the color and you can barely see that in fact it is pink. Light pink. Cotton candy pink, that is if cotton candy was made out of sequins.”

Oh do I love that description so much! The shell she is describing is by Calvin Klein, bought at Buffalo Exchange in NYC and the skirt is Nanette Lepore. The shoes, which I think are divine, are vintage 1960s. What a gorgeous summer ensemble this is on Suzanne.

In front of a vintage Volvo parked on the street in Brooklyn! Photo by G. Keresty.

I love pastels but, like several of the ladies above, I always wear them with a dark color, either navy or black, so they don’t look as sweet. I just received this wonderful eShakti navy knit dress and decided to combine it with a lilac J. Crew Jackie cardigan. I’d planned on wearing the cardigan, but it ended up being too hot a day, so I tied it around my shoulders.

Car as accessory! Photo by G. Keresty.

My fearless photographer Gwynne and I decided to drive around Brooklyn looking for a good place to shoot but wouldn’t you know one car away from Gwynne’s was this gorgeous vintage white Volvo. It seemed very apropos with the retro-feel of the eShakti dress and the shoulder-tied cardigan so I jumped right in front of it and Gwynne snapped away. What a great car! I believe it’s from the early 1960s, maybe as late as 1965, and Adrienne said it was a P1800, but if you are up on your vintage Volvos, let me know what year it is! I do love a good accessory and it seems like a vintage white car is one of the best kinds of accessories to have (or take pictures in front of)!

A better shot of the lilac-colored Jackie cardigan by J. Crew. Photo by G. Keresty.

How do you prefer your pastels: in clothes or accessories?

Summertime, and the living is easy! Why don’t you join us in July for “How I Wear My: Summertime Picnic Look.” Whether it’s at the beach or on a verdant field of green grass, along a city waterfront or at a tailgate party outside a stadium, nothing says summer like a picnic and we’d love to see what you’d wear to one! Send your photos to by June 30, 2014.

Do head over to Adrienne’s to see even more wonderful looks featuring pastels.

And thank you to all the fine foxes who participated this month!

Disclosure: eShakti sent me the navy blue dress for review (which is forthcoming!). All opinions expressed about it here are my own.


Anonymous said...

Ahh! Thank you so much everybody for your gorgeous looks! Thanks to Jill and Adrienne for putting these wonderful posts together and including me :-) I have to admit I didn't give pastels as much thought as they truly deserve and I vow to mend my ways after seeing how they are worn here. I especially like pastels on guys but most are afraid to go near a pastel shade, right? So extra points in my book to Terry.
Jill, your K will find her way to you ... x

Jill said...

SPD, thank you for your lovely comments. Your pastel look was one of my favorites. I need to lighten up in so many ways and I think I need to start with my wardrobe. I loved your pastel on pastel pairing! As for the K, I wish that beauty, wherever she is, would find her way to me a little sooner! XO, Jill

Dawn Lucy said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one with some pastel issues … hee! But pastels are so lovely and so on trend right now. What a bunch of fabulous outfit ideas! Jill, I love your retro glam look in front of that cool old car! My husband and I go to car shows together and I just love the beauty and glamour of the vintage vehicles. Fun round up, as always. Looking forward to seeing picnic looks in July (genius!)
Dawn Lucy

Happiness at Mid Life said...

Great round up of ladies! I don't own a lot of pastels because I am not sure how to wear it without washing me out. There are some great ideas from this feature to help me.


Jill said...

Hi Dawn Lucy, I love a vintage car too, especially an old Mercedes. My dream vintage car! As for next month's HIWM, it was Adrienne's idea and I told her the same thing: genius!

Alice! I thought you looked beautiful in your pastel dress, it was one of my favorite looks this month!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

A treat to see all these wonderful and creative ways to wear pastels. Love the vintage Volvo. I have owned 3 Volvo's and soon will need to replace my current wagon with you might have guessed...another Volvo!
Your dress is perfect as it has such classic lines and can take you almost anywhere. My kind of dress and the hint of pink is a nice touch Jill.

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Everyone looks great and I love the choices of colors and outfits. A perfect choice too considering summer is coming! Thanks for taking the time to do such a comprehensive round up xx

Anonymous said...

You remind me of Jacki O in your classic outfit. Love the navy and lilac together. Thanks so much for featuring my outfit, it's a great compilation of varied pastel looks!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Everyone looks fabulous...thanks for doing this Jill!

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Thanks for including me in this great round-up.

Alicia should wear that colour all the time it looks so lovely on her.

That car is great and your look definately compliments it. You look like you walked off the screen of a French film from the 1960's : )

I used to own a 1969 karmann ghia convertible. How perfect would that be for photos now?


kim at northerncalstyle. said...

Beautiful looks! I just loved your mix of the pastel and darker tones too Jill. Also love your tote. Isn't it great for summer and so light? Fun seeing how everyone incorporated the pastels. Makes me want more. Fun to see Faux Fuchsia too.

How lucky to find that Volvo! Loved that with your dress! Beautiful.
Thanks for sharing these Jill and hosting!!
x Kim

Faux Fuchsia said...

Thanks for including me I love seeing what everyone wears! x

My Rose Colored Shades said...

I love all these pastels! Such great looks. I love the lilac against the navy on you. They go so well together. And yes, you're right about the skort. Both Helen and I and a million other bloggers have the same one. Thanks for hosting!

Lana said...

I love all the looks you featured. Your dress is very pretty, and I like the way you styled it with the cardigan around your shoulders. Thanks so much for hosting the HIWM post!

Spashionista Alicia Searcy said...

I'm honored, as usual, to be included in among the ranks of so many lovely ladies! It just goes to show you that you really CAN wear pastels if you're over 40 and still look amazing!


Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Now that's an accessory my husband can appreciate!! He says it's a 122, and mid 1960's.

Your lilac cardigan and navy dress has a 1960's vibe to it! Very pretty, and wearing it around your shoulders is also retro feeling! Well done!

Thanks so much for hosting with Adrienne. It's so special to be a part of your HIWM series!

Deborah Montgomery said...

oooh . . . I love pastels! I just didn't get it together to get a picture in, but love seeing everyone else's. A Jackie cardigan is my go-to. I think my favorite was the second -- striped top and lavender skirt. But enjoyed them all!

Catherine Summers said...

Jill thank you so much for including me on your post as well as Adrienne's - you have so many lovely ladies, it's such a great feature!! And I think your pastel scarf with a dark colour is beautiful... such a chic dress!! (Love the car too)

Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb x

Catherine Summers said...

Dozy me - I did read it was a cardi, not a scarf. Just forgot that fact when I came to write the comment ;))

theduchessofh said...

Fun post! Everyone looks great; but I really love that sequinned breton. That's on my "must have" list now!

Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Thank you for including me, Jill. I do like pastels, but I seem to wear brighter colors now. Maybe when I lived in Florida and had more a tan the pastels looked better on me? Anyway, great post, as always, and I love your sweater and the way you have worn it. : )

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