Round-Out Your Wardrobe with Pastels

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Soft and feminine, pastels work well with just about every skin tone, but they are still shades that many choose to avoid. If pastels are not something that you usually wear, check out these tips for how to beautifully round out your wardrobe with pastel-colored garments.

Color Blocking
For those of you who are already comfortable with wearing pastels, color blocking is something that you could try. Rather than pairing your pastels with a neutral or contrasting color, embrace these gorgeous shades and wear pastels together. To keep your outfit from looking too matronly, opt for pastels from the same color family, choosing a lighter shade for the top and a darker one for the bottom. The results will be feminine yet chic, classy and sophisticated.

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A Neutral Base
When it comes to wearing pastels for the first time, it is always easiest to start with a neutral base, as this is something that most people will be comfortable with. A crisp white shirt always works well with some pastel shorts, while a pastel dress can be worn with a smart black blazer in order to make it suitable for an office environment.

Add Some Edge
Unless you prefer your outfit to look ultra-feminine, it is always a good idea to give your outfit a slightly edgy vibe, incorporating a few elements that contrast with, but still complement, the pastels. Leather always looks great with pastels, as do complementary pieces in contrasting colors that are simple and clean – pastels are already feminine so you do not want to distract from them with garments that have too much detailing. Metals are also great for giving your outfit a contemporary edge, whether you opt for metallic garments or metal jewelry. Don’t forget that metals are neutral, meaning that you can wear both gold and silver with pastel colors.

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Pastel Shoes and Accessories
Accessories are a great way to add some pastel shades to your wardrobe without fully committing to the colors just yet. Having hints of pastel running through your accessories will help to build your confidence in learning how to incorporate these colors into your wardrobe. When it comes to bags and scarves, as well as jewelry, you will soon find that pastels are shades that work with almost every outfit, no matter your personal style, while pastel-colored shoes will make even more of a statement, but are just as easy to style.

Don’t Overdo It
When wearing pastels, it can be easy to get carried away, but it is important to remember not to overdo it. Since pastels are so soft and feminine, your hair and makeup should also reflect this, but should still be simple enough to not overpower your outfit.

Pastels work throughout the year, channeling the warmth of the hotter months while adding some much-needed color to an otherwise dull winter wardrobe. Whether you opt for soft powdery blues or sorbet pinks, timeless pastel pieces will always be on trend, making them a great investment to add to your wardrobe.

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The White Shirt

This spring, the classic white shirt will be making a huge comeback, and whether you opt for a simple style or a more high fashion, avant-garde interpretation of a white shirt, here are some ideas for the different ways that you can style it.

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With Denim
Along with white shirts, denim is another wardrobe staple, and there is little that you can’t match with a classic pair of jeans. When jeans are paired with a crisp white shirt, the look is always fresh, clean and elegant at the same time.

Underneath a Dress
If it is still too cold out to wear your favorite summer dresses, make the most of the versatility of a white shirt and wear one underneath your summer dress. You can do the same thing with your more formal evening dresses, dressing them down with a casual white shirt, thereby making them work for the daytime too.

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With a High Waisted Skirt
A crisp white shirt tucked into a high-waisted skirt is always a chic look, whether the skirt happens to be fitted and short or long and billowing. Finish your look off with a belt around your waist, drawing attention to this gorgeous silhouette that you have created.

With a Black Suit
When you need to dress for a more conventional work environment, a white shirt will always work well with a black suit. To give your look more personality, fold your shirt cuffs over your blazer, and add a bright pair of heels to give your black and white look a pop of color.

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Paired with Light Colors
When styling a white shirt, the majority choose to pair it with a garment of a darker color, giving an outfit some contrast. However, wearing a white shirt with pants or a skirt that are also light in color will give you a soft, but smart, angelic look.

As a Layer
There are plenty of chilly days in spring, meaning that you will still need to make use of layering techniques when styling your outfits. A white shirt is a great item to include as one of your layers, as the angled collar and comfortable material allow the shirt to stand out, even when hidden underneath another garment. Try wearing your shirt underneath a smart jumper for a more preppy look, or underneath a trench coat for some chic style.

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Tucked In
For a smart and tailored look, tuck your shirt into your pants or jeans, preferably a pair that are also well tailored. Pair this look with statement accessories to add in a bit of glam.

When it comes to wardrobe staples, the white shirt is probably one of the most versatile of them all, as it not only can be worn in so many different ways, but it also has the added benefit of being comfortable, while still flattering just about every body type. Whether you pair it with jeans for a classic but fresh look, or wear it underneath a floor-length dress for some high fashion style, a white shirt is an item that everybody should have in their wardrobe.