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Now that the Easter holiday has come to a close, kids are back in school, relatives are back on the road, and your pastels are finally back in the closet, ready to pop out at next Easter.  But hold on, pastels can do much more this season!  So before you pack up those baby blues, pretty pinks and grassy greens, let’s explore the versatility of these marvelous hues.

The No-Brainer Set: The pastel sweater set has chic written all over it.  Dress it up with pearls for a sweet vintage look. Or go casual and modern and pair the set with skinny jeans, flats and funky accessories.  Personally, I like to take the cardigan solo, buttoned up over slim cropped pants with flats.  And for a more casual look, I will throw it on over a neutral crewneck tee and jeans.

J Brand's 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg Jeans in Soft Lilac, Image courtesy of Jbrandjeans.com

J Brand's 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg Jeans in Soft Lilac, Image courtesy of Jbrandjeans.com

Denim: As I have mentioned before (“Spring’s Must-Haves”), pastels are going to be a major trend in denim for spring.  Do not just confine yourself to denim, however.  If a periwinkle pair of canvas shorts catches your eye, go for it.  In a season filled with bright and bold colorful pant selections, why limit yourself?

Metallic details complement the pastel accessories in this Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 campaign, Image courtesy of Pinterest.com

Fossil Key-Per Tech Sleeve in Yellow Multi, Image courtesy of Fossil.com

Accessorize: Punch up an outfit with a pop of pastel.  An oversize clutch in canary yellow will brighten your day and keep you on trend.  Peachy pumps will start your outfit off on the right foot, whether you go casual with jeans, or dress it up in a pencil skirt.  Mix your pastel accessories with metallic detailing for some chic bonus points.  Take cues from Marc Jacob’s accessories for Louis Vuitton Spring 2012.

Essie's Nail Lacquer in "Navigate Her", my pastel of choice for today, Image courtesy of Essie.com

Pale Beauties: The beauty market has followed designers in their thirst for pastels.  So feel free to brush on a soft pink lip or swipe some robin’s egg blue over your eyes to freshen up your look.  The Easter Bunny was kind enough to bring me a bottle of Essie’s nail lacquer in “Navigate Her,” a pretty pale green, to keep my nails on-trend.  Today I paired my newly painted nails with my dark wash skinny jeans (cuffed), my floral t-strap peep-toe flats, a white tee and gray cardigan.  I must admit, my shoes received more attention than my nails, but that is to be expected.  The pastel is not typically a bold, look-at-me statement; it is a soft, feminine one.  So use pastels to your advantage, let them compliment your other statement pieces.

Pastels combined perfectly with their jewel tone counterparts on Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2012 runway, Image courtesy of Style.com

The pastel craze should endure well into fall, as they mix in amongst bolder, darker garments, so enjoy these softer, muted pieces and feel free to stock up!

Much love and good shoes,

e

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Itching to add a punch of spring to my wardrobe, I ventured out yesterday in search of colorful fare.  I landed in Gap, drawn in by their array of bright bottoms, a definite must for spring.

Gap's Broken-In Straight Khakis

Gap's Broken-In Straight Khakis

Initially drawn to a pair of kelly green Broken-In Straight Khakis, and then to its cobalt blue cousin, I was off to a good start.  My thoughts then turned to the radiant reds that appeared on the runways for spring and fall, and then I spotted them: bright red Slim Cropped pants.  I already own a pair in black and they are divine—with flats—in an Audrey Hepburn sort of way.

With my finds slung over my arm, I headed for the fitting room.  Never have I been a khaki person, I will admit it.  Maybe it was how quickly the drab color could suck the life out of whatever I was wearing.  Or maybe it was the paper bag-like forms that khakis often took—none of which were typically flattering for my rear.  But I was immediately taken with the Broken-In Straight Khakis.  They fit like my favorite pair of jeans but were actually more—dare I say it?—comfortable.  And the bright colors and modern silhouette brought these khakis out of the fluorescent-lit cubicles and into my wardrobe.  I decided on the green, but I will probably be back very soon for the blue.

Gap's Slim Cropped

Gap's Slim Cropped in Red

Gap's Slim Cropped

Gap's Slim Cropped in Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With shopping highs, came the lows.  The red Slim Cropped did not live up to their black predecessors.  The fit was just a little off on these.  The fabric blend is slightly different, so they did not stretch as nicely around my hips and thighs as the other ones did.  And of course, bright red is not a very forgiving color, so everything shows.  Needless to say, I abandoned my quest for red, at least temporarily.

Paisley Scarf Option #2

Paisley Scarf Option #2

Paisley Scarf Option #1

Paisley Scarf Option #1

Green khakis in hand, I headed for the scarves.  Since I was down a pair of pants, I figured there was now room in my budget to accessorize.  A few caught my eye immediately.  I enjoyed the paisley prints with the mix of bold and soft hues.  I figured they would offset my budding khaki collection perfectly.  Ultimately, I settled on two totally different prints, one being a little Pucci-esque.  I loved their vintage appeal and how they conjured up thoughts of strolling along a beach in large floppy sun hats.

Winning Scarf #1

Winning Scarf #1

Winning Scarf #2

Winning Scarf #2

 

Well, I will say it has been a very successful trip.  I may even go back for seconds.  You are more than welcome to join me.

Much love and good shoes,

e

All images courtesy of Gap.com

Winter is fading away and spring is now upon us.  My dog can feel it in his old rickety bones.  It is time, yet again, to sift through the new spring lines and decide what is essential to add to our new spring wardrobes:

Louis Vuitton pumps, Image courtesy of Style.com

Pointed-toe ladylike pumps: Pack up last year’s stacked stilettos and say hello to a more gravity-friendly pump. They were all over the spring runways in the more classic form, as seen at Louis Vuitton and Prada. The lower heel also manifested itself as a bootie, as seen at Oscar de la Renta and Chanel.  It also took flight as a delicate sandal at Givenchy and Stella McCartney.  Pair these ladylike pumps with flirty feminine dresses and skirts or some cuffed denim to really show them off.

Cropped coat: If you do not have one of these in your closet already, for shame!  They look adorable layered over a tee and jeans or a spring dress.  Go for a bright color, such as red or green, to instantly add a pop of color to a neutral outfit.

1969 Gap Always Skinny Jeans, Image courtesy of Gap.com

Milkshake denim: Once again, it is a free-for all when it comes to denim this season.  Every silhouette and wash will be at your fingertips, however, picking pastels that conjure up thoughts of sipping milkshakes or smoothies is the way to go to stay on-trend for spring.  This brings me to my next pick . . .

Pastels!: Think soft and ladylike this spring.  Take your hue cues from Easter eggs—yep, I went there—just not the hideous ones you dye at home.  But remember, it is all about balance.  Head-to-toe baby blue is not a good choice for anyone—except a baby.  Pair a pastel bottom with a bright or neutral top.

Diane von Furstenberg, photo courtesy of Style.com

Experiment with white: Designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel) played with white in all kinds of textures, opacities and structures for spring.  So get inspired!  White will look amazing with your pastels and ultra crisp with a cropped pair of skinny jeans and pumps.

Hopefully your closet is now more adequately stocked for spring.  Now go forth, and strut your stuff.

Much love and good shoes,

e

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