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Spring is in... the wardrobe

Ignore the cool temperatures and break out the pastels

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Here we are nearly three weeks into the spring and still not a crocus or tulip in sight. A quick look outside the nearest window and it appears the season as we are meant to know isn't going to blossom any time soon.

It's a shame, really. Still, I wouldn't let the remnants of winter stop you from embracing one of the season's hottest trends -- pastels.

I know the idea of wearing these soft muted hues can seem a bit frightening -- no one wants to look like an Easter egg or pretty petit fours -- but with a few style tips and helpful know how's even the most cautious trend-adapters incorporate runway trends into everyday life.

-- Mix pastels and neutrals: Avoid that Easter egg look by teaming neutral tones in beige and ivory with muted pastel hues. Try wearing a robin's-egg blue or lemon-curd yellow cardi over an ivory lace-trimmed cami.

-- Keep it light: Pastels are delicate hues and so too should be the fabric that you drape yourself in. Light and airy is the key -- chiffon, sheer and crepe are choice textiles to look for.

-- Avoid cutesy: The last thing any woman needs to look like is a teenager out on a grad date. Steer clear of overly ruffled garments and billowy dresses and instead opt for a sheer mid-length dress with a simple silhouette in a solid hue such as mint or lavender.

-- Practise clean line colour-blocking: Head-to-toe pastels isn't entirely out of the question if it is done properly. The trick, take the first tip and pair with a slim cropped jean in a contrasting pastel hue.

-- Start small: Inject pastels into your wardrobe via accessories. Totes and clutches are always an easy way to incorporate the latest colour trends -- such as pistachio and melon -- into your mix. Hats, scarves and shoes are also great accessories to consider and can be worn with multiple outfits.

-- Toughen up: Pastels are feminine and soft in nature, so teaming them up with something structured such as a fitted blazer or crisp pant to create balance.

 

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 19, 2014 D13

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