Fall ’11 Trends: Pastel Power
Posted on August 24 2011
Think pastels and spring looks typically come to mind. But rethinking a pastel look for fall can help you look chic at a September wedding, or capture the look of a dreamy ‘50s ingénue for a homecoming dance next back-to-school season.
Pastels, like no other color palette, give an impressionist touch to your look, softening silhouettes and adding a dreamy, ethereal feel to designs. Look at the difference between this ultra-feminine Mon Cheri dress in peach versus a stronger royal blue: the pastel peach gives it a look worthy of an aristocrat in a 17th century portrait. The flesh tone is surprisingly sexy given the style as well; pair it with some nude pumps and smoky bronzed eye makeup for a smoldering look.
Few colors say ‘50s like mint green. This pastel has a cool, icy look that can take in into looks for the fall and winter months. This Mac Duggal formal design has an updated mermaid shape and elegant platinum beading. This shorter, flirtier version is perfect for a first dance in shades of pastel green, aqua, or lilac.
Pastels can compliment fair skinned blondes or brunettes as well as those with darker skin tones. They pop at night like white, when it’s too late in the season or not the right occasion—like a wedding—to don a dress in white.
Pastel pink is a beautiful look for night, with an innocent look for a formal 15th birthday party or sweet 16. This retro and ultra-girly mermaid gown is fit for anyone’s inner princess with layers of tulle under a corset bodice. Or, bring out your baby blues in a Cinderella-worthy style in powder puff blue.
Yellow has been a huge trend, and pastel yellow is a softer, more demure approach to the look. Take this gown into the cooler months for a formal occasion with brown or pewter pumps and a matching beaded clutch.