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Pastels bloom in the spring

Choose from a rainbow of colours as winter finally ends

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The sweaters and coats are finally tucked into storage, making room for the clothing you've been itching to wear for the past few chilly months. And stylists from across the country are suggesting you take a tip from springtime's lovely blooms, like the pale pink tulips and light purple lilacs, and lighten up that wardrobe.

The sky blue Easter egg nestled next to the pale orange orb in that basket might also inspire your choices.

"Spring is here and pastels are in the air," says Miami-based personal stylist Gen Bell (genbell.com). "We have the whole rainbow to choose from."

She suggests a solid dress in a shade that shows off the colour of your hair, or complements your complexion.

"It's OK to mix and match colours, but be sure to have colours and styles that complement each other," Bell advises.

If you're worried about all the choices, it's also OK to start small, she says.

"Try on a few items to see how they work for you, whether it's a pastel yellow blazer or a pale pink dress, and before you know it, you'll have some great pieces," she adds.

If your complexion is light, tread carefully with pastels, says Sharon Haver, founder and editor of focusonstyle.com.

"If you have darker skin and an angular face, they can look great," she says. "But if you have a more pale complexion and a softer look, you want to avoid looking like a little girl."

The trick, she says, is mixing pastels with darker shades, or nude tones.

Josh Saterman, Macy's vice-president and fashion director, says pastels pair well with navy, along with grey, black and white.

-- ShopAtHome.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 12, 2014 D17

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