Pastels are commonly synonymous with Easter and spring time. And this year they are popping up in minty shades of green, cooling blues and light lavenders. Whether it’s just one pastel piece or a floor length red carpet ready pastel dress, theses soft colors are the perfect way to brighten any outfit. However, pastels aren’t only for the springy and sweet look anymore. This year the delicate hues are experiencing a refreshing transition into edgier and sexier outfits.

Pastels are being paired with darker colored pieces like Kim K’s, pastel green blazer over a curve hugging black outfit. Kim lets the cool green color take center stage in the ensemble, wearing chic black underneath. Miley Cyrus recently sported a pastel orange high low dress with lace accents on the red carpet. Her nude shoes lengthen her legs, while the pastel hue allows her tan skin to shimmer. Katy Perry famously took pastels to new extremes in Paris where she donned a peplum waist, high low dress with a sexy sheer bottom. The icy blue frock played up her milky skin tone, while a salmon pink handbag and nude Christian Louboutin heels completed her look.

Try The Trend Tips

Pastels are a great way to add lightness and fun to any outfit, however going overboard can sometimes create the Easter egg effect. These tips will help you put pastel to good use and prevent any fashion missteps.

Go easy with your pastel choices; just a dash of these sugary hues can go a long way. Wearing a completely pastel outfit could take away from the youth of the look.  Try pairing dark denim skinny jeans with a sexy pastel peach top. The colors are an excellent complement for each other and the pastel peach will add a sunny tropical flare. Are you a little intimidated by pastel clothing? Instead, try applying pastel nail color or adding pastel accessories to your everyday looks. This will allow you to play with pastel colors before making the commitment to add pieces to your wardrobe.

Pick the right pastel for your skin tone, the correct hue can make all the difference. For olive, tan and darker skin try wearing peach, salmon and lavender pastels. These colors will compliment your skins natural glow and depth. For lighter skin tones try pastel pinks, blues, greens, and creams.  These pastels won’t overpower you, they’ll allow your skin to shimmer and shine.