Make your wardrobe pop with pastels this spring and summer

Make your wardrobe pop with pastels this spring and summer

It’s time to get excited: we are in the last few weeks of winter. And this means the spring/summer collections are hitting the racks.

Colours are creeping in; lighter fabrics are making an appearance and we can finally see the light (or sunshine) at the end of what has often felt like a dark and cold winter tunnel.

It was with much excitement I awoke to the latest collections in my inbox (if only it were in my wardrobe!) and I was delighted to see minty greens, blues, pinks and lemons staring back at me.

It’s not a surprise that colour picks everyone up. It drags us out of winter and into spring and the warmer months, it perks up our moods, and it brightens our complexion (most importantly). Nothing like that glow.

I never thought I’d be so excited to see the new colours for spring and summer. I had long thought my pastel days were well behind me. How wrong was I and I am so excited that in my midlife, I am embracing colour. I’ve always loved colour.

Fashion is about fun, it’s about wearing what makes you happy, there are no rules, and if anyone tries to tell you there are, they can bugger off.

Fashion is an expression of who you are, and no one can tell you who you can be. Let’s get rid of all those stuffy old-fashioned rules.

Let’s wear what we want, whether that be colour, fabric or a particular style.

Here are a few tips for wearing pastels

• Keep the underwear neutral (think skin tones)
• Colour block if desired – hell, go all out
• Blazer and pant combinations are big at the moment and look sensational worn with a plain tee
• There are so many colours, pick one that you feel comfortable in and one that suits your complexion
• Blazers are a great way to introduce pastel without feeling too overwhelmed
• Most of the high street stores are introducing pastels. Country Road has done a lovely range from blazers, dresses, skirts, pants and tops.
• Pastels show stains. So be careful and if you need to remove stains, go to the drycleaner or make sure you read the care label.
• Tailoring is a girl’s best friend and can make an outfit or piece of clothing go from so-so to incredible with very little money spent. If you need your pants taken up, it’s worth the investment, or your jacket sleeve etc. The perfect fit can make a cheaper outfit look expensive.
• You don’t’ need to spend a lot, there are stores bringing out pastels from all price points. My trick is, if you don’t’ want to spend a lot, just make things fit perfectly – use a tailor (trust me, it makes such a difference).

Most of all, have fun, it’s fashion not rocket science. You aren’t saving the world, so don’t stress about it.

The co-founder of 50SoWhat has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of successful boutique media publishing house in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing!


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