How to wear pastels

Q. I’ve noticed that pastel shades are back in style this summer. What’s the best way to wear the look without looking too girlie?

A. For those that want to indulge in one of this summer’s biggest trends, but aren’t feeling ready to dip their toes into the sea of Aztec and floral prints currently doing the rounds on the
high-street, then the new season palette may be just what the doctor ordered. This summer’s cool ice cream shades come in pastel hues of pink, blue and yellow. Washing over every item imaginable from romantic dresses, to the teeniest of shorts, to headbands and bags, candy-sweet colours have never looked so good.

For the paler of complexion, a pair of spray on skinnies or floaty chiffon skirt will keep lighter shades away from the face and prevent looking washed-out. Ease yourself into the trend with choice accessories and build up from there. Mixing and matching different colours is fine, but steer away from pairing two shades of the same colour together, a feat similar to the dreaded double-denim disaster.

This slouchy, laid-back peach jacket, €60 from Dunnes Stores, is a relaxed take on tailoring this summer. It will pull outfits together nicely without appearing too formal or ‘done.’ Throw over a print dress or dark jeans and a t-shirt for day and lace or leather for after-dark.

Part sixties chic, part playful and girlie, this baby pink dress, €70 by Yumi, has lace detailing, breaking up the block colour.

Alternatively, show off a summer tan in these duck-egg blue shorts by Yumi – only €40.

This gorgeous Grecian style maxi dress from Littlewoods, €110, is the perfect holiday dress. The length and shoulder detailing both tick the on-trend box for this summer. Pair it with What’s About Town’s clear rose and crystal drop earrings, €22, to add a modern edge.

Myleene Klass yellow one shoulder maxi dress €110 at Littlewoods

What's About Town crystal and chain earrings €22

Similarly, as we wouldn’t indulge in a 99’ Flake in the bleak winter months, this is one trend that will sadly disappear with the last of the summer wine. So pick a colour, or two, or three, and make the most of these jolly shades before they curdle.

Georgina Heffernan