The Mood

Cotton Candy Pastels

Blush rose, lavender, peach, ... colours this sweet deserve names that do them justice. At the sight of autumn/winter's range of pastels, chances are fun fair tunes will play in your head and you will savour the taste of freshly spun cotton candy in your mouth.

by Charlotte De Loose

Seen on the runway

Even though you'd rather picture a pair of pastel blue or pink trousers during summertime, the AW17 runways were proof that these soft hues have gained cross-seasonal credibility. Marni showed that apart from earthy browns en minimalist greys, the best winter wardrobe now contains pastel yellow, blue and pink. Another advocate of light blue during winter was Isabel Marant. Pastel blue wide-legged trousers are combined effortlessly with a basic grey knitted sweater. Overall, the delicate colours were found on equally soft materials such as Marni's puffy-looking, cloudy textile. Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, on the other hand, contrasts its delicate lace and sheer fabrics with a smooth leather in blush pink. 

Translated to the street

As it turns out, pastels aren't quite the challenge you would expect them to be. For one, a lavender or light lilac knit matches like a dream with your favourite basic black trousers. If you truly want to make that lavender piece pop, pair it with any shade of blue, from a muted one to a dark navy. As for the baby blues and pinks, you'll often spot them in combination with wintery whites, lending them a pristine yet powerful character. Regardless of which pastel you pick, the key to a sharp look with soft shades is to accessorise. Elegant gold jewellery, as well as a metallic statement bag, will uplift and finish off your look. 

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