This season, the catwalks were awash with sugary pastel shades and ice-cream colours.

Antonio Berardi, Burberry Prorsum and Jason Wu were just a few of the brands to champion the trend and it looks set to be the summer’s biggest fashion story.

Read on to discover our favourite ways to work the look…


Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise

If you’re not sure pastels are your thing, dip your toe in the water by adding some pastel accessories to your summer wardrobe. Nude shoes like these patent loafers are sure to put a spring in your step and will look great with jeans. If you’re already thinking about holiday buys, these pale pink wedge JuJus will work just as well on the beach as they will during the evenings.

Add some edge

Pastels don’t have to be pretty; they can be edgy if mixed with the right materials. Rita Ora teamed her powder blue shearling gilet with a black leather jacket and shorts during a recent trip to New York, while Emma Watson’s shimmering metallic pink skirt at the Tribeca Film Festival was more in keeping with her Bling Ring character than Hermione Granger. We say, toughen up the trend with leather or denim in pale pastel shades.

Return to retro

A pastel palette lends itself perfectly to retro styles. Take note of Paloma Faith’s outfit at the Burberry show with a sleek pencil skirt and fitted blouse. We love the addition of her blue overcoat and metallic shoes.

Go all out

As Paloma’s ensemble shows, sometimes the best way to wear pastels is just to go all out. Clash your shades, such as lemon yellow and baby blue, to create a statement look with added sweetness. What’s more, a little extra sugar now and again won’t hurt.

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