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.
Adding that pop of bright pink to the pastel is a great idea. Looks fabulous on you.
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..
Thanks for the great ideas. Very pretty.
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!
Love the colour combination. Your scarf – to die for! I am not a friend of WoolOvers, I find their quality very poor.
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.
Totally off-topic, but I love your new hair style!
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.
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.
Your coat sounds lovely
You look fantastic in pink. I’ve always thought of pastels as soft and feminine, not as ‘old lady’!
I love your pale pink coat, looks beautiful on you!
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.
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!
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.