Pastels are big news for S/S. Which to my ears is joyous news, as pastels feel right for spring and also make you look younger, fresher and downright prettier. Perhaps not quite as ravishingly doll-like as Cara Delevigne in Vogue. But close.
It’s also a really easy look to master. And, moreover, one early adopters can try right now. Either one of these beauties would keep you warm and gorgeous. As someone who owns a pale pink coat, I can attest to its mood-boosting properties on a chilly Monday morning.
However, I also concede that a pink coat is possibly a bit pricey for something which is, well, pink; and not terribly practical if you have small children and/or use public transport. (A very high-flying pr I know once told me that she gets dressed and then wears her dressing gown over her clothes until the very minute she walks out of the door, so her toddler doesn’t smear her with his breakfast. Cunning.) In which case, head to Uniqlo – their S/S collection is dropping now in stores and online and features some heavenly sorbet knits and trousers.
Pretty, right? I love a little cardigan – very Cher from Clueless. You can shop the first drop online – and keep your eyes peeled for more. There are some splendid v-neck cardigans and crew neck jumpers in every ice cream shade in my nearest store, but they’re not online, unfortunately.
Boden’s transformation into a brand worth shopping continues apace with its new collection. There was a lot to love at the most recent press day. Like this outfit (below) which perfectly combines several things we love here at W&W: leopard print heels, citrus checked trousers, a pretty knit, and a statement necklace.
The key to wearing pastels now is to really go for it – in the spirit of Christopher Bailey’s glorious Burberry show. Wear them head to toe in similar shades – so pistachio trousers with a mint jumper; an ice blue skirt with a lavender shirt; a blush pink skirt with a rose t-shirt. Have fun. Hey, you’re wearing macaroon shades – how can you not enjoy yourself?
There’s nothing to stop you wearing pastels today, chill wind notwithstanding. In fact, I’m rather taken with the idea of getting out of my winter grey and navy uniform.