Adapting my pastels for the cold weather

Adapting my pastels for the cold weather

How to wear pastels this season without that “old lady look” which used to be associated with pastels in previous generations.  An association that particularly applied to knitwear, think twinset and pearls, in pale pink and lilac.

Luckily times have changed and so has our view of pastels, which are very on trend this Spring. Shop windows are full of pastels in all hues from the pale blues, pinks, lilacs to the buttercup yellows.

The lilac sweater I am wearing above is by WoolOvers (US link) My pink coat is by Mango from last year similar. Underneath my lilac sweater I am wearing a navy roll neck thermal top by Uniqlo.

How I styled my pink coat last Spring.

My photographer Laura Hines and I could not resist taking these stunning photos in the snow last week. The light was so clear and bright in Kingston by the River Thames. We were absolutely freezing but I hope you will agree it was worth it.

For extra warmth, I have added a sleeveless wool coat in navy, several seasons old. Finally a pair of navy cotton blend four-way stretch trousers by MarksandSpencer (US link). I am finding that these trousers fit well and are very comfortable.

As you know pink is my favourite colour especially the brighter hues. If you have warm colouring you could definitely substitute the above colours with blues, mustards or yellows. I have had my fuschia pink scarf for many years. I found a similar one at Etsy.
Adapting my pastels for the cold weather
I like to be bolder with my pastels and tend to mix a couple of pastels together such as lilac and pink.
Photographs were taken by Laura Hines in Kingston London. Follow her Instagram. 


  1. susan burpee
    9th March 2018 / 14:27

    Adding that pop of bright pink to the pastel is a great idea. Looks fabulous on you.

  2. Eleni
    9th March 2018 / 14:43

    Thanks so much for the tips, Josephine. A snowy day here in Toronto.

    I already have a heavy white sweater and a navy, sleeveless long vest. I also have several long, colourful scarves which I received as gifts – and are still nicely folded in a drawer ! It will be fun to pair them together..

  3. Karin
    9th March 2018 / 16:11

    Thanks for the great ideas. Very pretty.

  4. 9th March 2018 / 17:30

    Loving these colors on you, and against the snow. Can’t believe the weather has actually been ok this week… until today with the rain when i was on a group photo shoot/walk! My lightweight Boden coat has worked well, and the tall boots totally necessary!

  5. Brigitte Aubrey
    9th March 2018 / 18:15

    Love the colour combination. Your scarf – to die for! I am not a friend of WoolOvers, I find their quality very poor.

    • 9th March 2018 / 18:47

      Hi Brigitte
      I am surprised you find WoolOvers quality poor. I have about three of their merino wool sweaters and I am wearing a cashmere polo neck today. I find that they wash well and pill much less than some of my more expensive sweaters and cardigans.

  6. Kelly
    9th March 2018 / 18:45

    Totally off-topic, but I love your new hair style!

    • 9th March 2018 / 18:49

      Thanks, Kelly it has grown quite a lot since my last haircut in January. I will probably have a trim when I go to France in a couple of weeks time.

  7. Liz Humphrey
    9th March 2018 / 19:03

    Love this post! I just bought a Riani 3/4 coat (cream, pink, green open weave) in the sale to wear as my Spring bright.

  8. Wendy
    9th March 2018 / 19:16

    You look fantastic in pink. I’ve always thought of pastels as soft and feminine, not as ‘old lady’!

  9. Bron
    10th March 2018 / 20:19

    I love your pale pink coat, looks beautiful on you!

  10. Debbie Hull
    10th March 2018 / 22:00

    Hi Josephine ! As I always say pink is your color and you look so pretty in pink. I love your pink coat. Hope you’re doing well my friend ! Have a nice warm weekend.

  11. 11th March 2018 / 09:10

    You suffered in a good cause, great light! Your pink scarf has been nagging away it me each time you’ve worn it and I saw the very thing in the DeSigual shop at the airport yesterday. The same pink but in cotton with some pattern as you’d expect from them. However that’s fine as scarves are pretty much my only patterned items of clothing – i could pass for a 17th century Puritan sometimes!

    • 11th March 2018 / 10:49

      Thank you for your comment. The coat sounds great. I tried to find it on their site but it did not seem to be there. Desigual looks a bit young and patterned but maybe I should keep it in mind.

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