Amelie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Far from Heaven, and more: These epic movies made us fall in love not just with their plots but also with new trendy dresses. The bright and vibrant hued summer dresses our favourite ladies on-screen donned enamoured us, and within no time, soft colours like pinks, lavender, ivory, and powder blue became a rising fascination among our wardrobe choices.
Fast forward to 2020, and not much has changed when it comes to the love for pastels. As seasons change, the fan fervour for these pale, soothing tints comes back like the much-needed cool breeze on a hot summer afternoon! These subtle and sombre numbers are an ideal choice for that fancy new outfit we’ve been eyeing for our upcoming exotic vacation as well as for the casual day about town. Travelling with a whole pastel wardrobe is an absolutely dreamy proposition; they are fun to play with, bring out a natural glow, and have a fresh vibe to them.
So, let’s dive right into how you can fall in love with a whole new colour palette while braving the heat. Below, we take you through three classic ways to rock the pastel trend this summer.
Go Monochrome this Summer
Start simple by using a single colour for your complete outfit: You can choose a subdued shade like mints and turquoise and go for a solid colour look from head-to-toe. Trust us, it won’t seem too daunting. Or if you’re feeling a bit more creative, try pairing a lighter hue atop a darker one. Make your ensemble more breathable by opting for fabrics like LIVA that have an inherent, relaxed breezy style to them.
Choose a style that complements your body type: printed A-line dress, a fit-and-flare dress, or a midi shirt dress, and keep the outfit subtle; pair it with footwear and accessories in shades that flow effortlessly with your apparel. Now, imagine yourself in Santorini in an all pastel outfit, roaming the streets of Mykonos and Instagramming like there’s no tomorrow. We’ve already boarded the flight in our heads, what about you?
Play with Prints and Patterns
From minimalistic prints like paisley and polka to bold ones like geometric abstracts and resort stripes, prints and patterns add a playful edge to the outfit. Floral prints are a girl’s best friends and from garments that feature roses or lilacs to actual satin flowers resting on top of the fabric, there is a lot to explore.
So, ladies, bring out your printed summer dresses. A printed skirt or a jacket over a printed blouse can effortlessly amp up your vacay outfit. When choosing the fabric, look for soft sheers, light shimmer, and sun-kissed metallics, all of which present a beautiful homage to the enchanting Spring-Summer season.
Pair Pastels with Neutrals
Nothing can really go wrong when it comes to pairing with the classics. Neutral shades such as the ones belonging to the family of beige, nudes and whites are your safest best for a work meeting. Using discreet tonal mixes to add a hint of colour to your outfit is a great way to look chic and stylish. For instance, a top or a kurta in blush pink or velvety peach hue would work wonderfully with a beige, dove grey, or purewhite bottom wear.
Besides teaming pastels with neutrals or prints, you can go all out and mix n’ match different hues. Pastels paired with pastels is a style that needs a little more thought and a well put-together outfit can really make an ethereal statement. How about teaming up that buttery yellow blouse with the baby-pink high-waisted pair of pants?
Are you scouting for swimwear or resort wear and need some quick inspiration for your summer getaway or your summer in the city? Don’t limit yourself to just one family of colours. Rock your pastel game by experimenting with a whole new palette of fresh colours, just like designer Gabriella Demetriades’ resort wear collection for contestants of LIVA Miss Diva contestants. Go, check out the smashing fluid one-piece everyone’s talking about!