Ice cream colours: How to rock pastels this summer

One of the biggest looks for SS15 is pastels. These soft shades are a must-wear for the summer season, adding a subtle touch to any ensemble.

Tying in with the floral and vintage looks that are also big right now, there are numerous ways to wear pastel colours. As well as within makeup – which you can find out about here – pastels should feature throughout your wardrobe over the next few months.

Here are some of the best ways to rock this style and look fab this season:

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!

This is a great choice if you tend to shy away from softer tones, as it allows you to feature them in small doses so you are still wearing the trend without stepping too far out of your comfort zone. 

From your favourite little black dress to your standby floral maxi, any outfit can be taken to the next level with a cute pastel bag. Choose a colour that will work with the shades represented throughout your outfit – any pastel tone will pop with black – and go for it.

You can finish off the look with a pair of pastel shoes and a subtle shade of nail polish to create a cohesive style without going OTT.

Mix and match

If you're feeling brave, it's time to create an entire outfit out of pastels. Rather than one single shade, which can be a bit much, combine several pastel tones together with colour blocking.

This means choosing items of clothing that feature pastel colours without patterns or embellishments. You can mix as many different shades as you like to create a fun and on-trend look. 

One great way to do this is by working within the same colour family – cool or warm – and then including one piece that uses a shade from the opposite side of the spectrum to make a statement. 

This means you can combine pinks, yellows and peaches in an outfit and then include mint, blue or lilac in small amounts to add something extra.  

Keep it simple

Pastel shades are already soft and feminine, so you don't need loads of lace or floral patterns to emphasise this. Instead, pick clothing that has simple lines and that features cuts that emphasise your curves in the most flattering way.

High-waisted shorts, skater dresses, maxi skirts and simple tops are all great items and are flattering on most body types. They also all look incredibly cute and stylish in pastels, making them ideal for those who want to wear this trend.

Jewellery

It isn't just your clothes and accessories that can feature pastel colours, as jewellery is also a great way to wear this trend.

Soft gems can help to emphasise your pastel style or introduce the colour theme to other ensembles in very small doses. 

Lighter shades of amethyst are ideal for those who prefer colours on the cooler end of the spectrum, while pearls are the perfect choice for teaming with any pastel look. You can also get pearls in a range of shades, making them the ideal choice for your SS15 wardrobe.

If you want a slightly stronger look that still works with the pastel trend, turquoise is totally on point right now. This beautiful stone can be worn with a huge number of summer styles but will help to make your pastel outfits pop.

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