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Pretty in Pastel this Summer

Bright and pop are the colors you always look out for the summer season, but how about a more candied perspective, literally! The bubble gum – Ice cream trend is here and no I’m not writing about rainbows and unicorns, but something that may take you there… I’m talking PASTELS ! Say it with blush and pink this summer to look as cool as a cucumber.Get those blush pink crops, mellow yellow dresses and washout out blue jeans out of the closet and dazzle from dawn to dusk throughout the season. For today’s post I have put together a look-book of 2 Pastel favorites which I personally find comfortable for a casual day out or for a lazy day by the beach.

Through this series you will be able to gain insight into my favourite pastel shades and about the pastel trend in general…. What’s more? I will also be doing an #Insta story with interesting polls and trends you & I both are loving this season!

If your not a Pistachio girl , you sure are into strawberry smoothies and if that too doesnt do you good then a dash of vanilla may just do the trick! Haha got you hungry already? Yes I like to co-relate fashion & food, and if you love them both, you are definitely in for a treat!

So let’s get going…

  1.  Blooming in Blue

My take on the pastel trend is not to go overboard with one color…It’s sexy when mixed with a few tricks that work superbly when putting contrasting pastel shades together. Going by my previous posts, I’m not much of a risk taker with fashion but I do believe some challenges are a must. So here goes nothing!

My comfort zone in most cases is a solid A-line dress that fits just well, but for today’s look I’m donning a very girl next door persona in these comfortable sky blue frill layered dress and a neat pair of peach brogues that offer the right amount of comfort and fun to create this easy – breezy look.

To avoid a skin tan you can style this lovely dress with a denim jacket and wear the most comfortable yet stylish pair of casual shoes like brogues or oxfords ( some fave’s are listed at the end of this post ). Wear a slightly pink/ purple tinted pair of your favourite eyewear and beach hat while you travel this summer season.

Hair & makeup needs to be minimal and matte as you can keep it! I for one love matte lip shades and am going crazy over nudes … For this look I’ve also applied little makeup, bearing in mind it’s a day look and a little eyeliner and kajal is more than enough to give your eyes definition! You can try a few lighter hues of pink, reds and maybe whites as well to bring out the beauty in the color of your eyes.

2. Blushing in Pink

Pastels have this very subtle yet fun character that somehow rubs off on one’s personality and makes one feel free and refreshed. Among pastels, Pinks are a favourite. A tee or an off-shoulder top over your washed out jeans or denims makes for a very casual yet chic look. This way you can be ready to take on any challenge and still look your best under the sun…

Shorts are just as comfy and make it easy to move around in. While many of us will be traveling and packing for the holidays,  lightweight cover ups, overalls and dresses in blush pinks,mint greens, sky blues would definitely help stay cool in the scorching heat.

For my look I’ve worn a fringe design off shoulder pink top with a light blue pair of shorts and white gladiators which offer a comfortable yet stylish look to beat the heat this summer time. Off-shoulders can transform your casual outdoor look to a classy brunch to beach look. Avoid too many accessories in the summer and wear easy relaxed footwear if you have to run around or head out to the beach or do a little of everything…

Trend Snapshot

The ice cream, bubble gum trend is something we can never get enough of. Just look into your wardrobe and you will definitely find a pastel color or two that will go with the current trends.

As much as I love blacks, whites and some pop colors here and there, I love the subtle comfort I feel in my pastel clothing. These are easy to wear and hot to flaunt. Not only do pastels work throughout the year but they also look flattering  when paired with the right fabrics. So to give you a little insight to the #pasteltrend, here are a few looks from PINTEREST to beat the heat in the best way possible and in style !

  • The Pastel Bottoms

The trendy coral, light yellow or even a purple can change the mood for you when worn along with sober pastels like a white shirt for starters or layered with light blue denims. This works very well for summers and can help beat the heat.

Add a little pop of maybe a orange tee or a light lemon green tank top, making it light on the eyes and a very cool look to pull off.

  • Go all Block:

Block color pastel shirt dresses, a-line dresses and jumpsuits can make a very fun outdoor ensemble. Lighter colors let you shine brighter and keep you cool in the summers making it a lot more fun when capturing moments with friends and family. Mint greens,lilac and olive are great colors to pull off the evening look for parties and events.

  • Sober Wedding Shades

Attending a wedding in the summer? or are you looking for the best look as a Bride? Check out the various lehengas, salwars and gowns available on azafashions from the recent spring – summer collection of Lakme Fashion Week and more.

The floral design on a pastel shades of pink, peach, light blue or even white is now trending all over and makes for some beautiful bridal wear this season.  A very popular example is that of Anushka sharma & Virat Kohli gave us #weddinggoals in their pastel couple outfits for their day wedding ceremony and Anushka definitely stole our hearts in that gorgeous lehenga by Sabhyasachi.  

I for one would recommend pastel gowns, sarees or a lehenga for a day event in this season. You can definitely try going pastel for a indoor night function as well like in these looks below.

  • Pastels Mix Match

If you have never tried pastel on pastel, let me give you a few #fashiongoals with a few of my picks this season that are trendy, comfortable and definitely wearable to work, play, party … you name it! When pairing pastels always find one color that will look like the hero of the ensemble or at least a neutral hue.  Pastel on pastel isn’t easy but avoid wearing clothes that look worn down over time, and you will able to pull a rabbit out off your hat making the bystanders appreciate fashion and maybe inspire a few as well.

I know I may be contradicting myself when I say Pastel of same hues match, but at times this rule may not apply, especially with same color but different tones. So if you go in for a very light shade of blue shirt on a 2x shade darker blue pencil skirt, this look will definitely make a wonderful combination, moreover, this can be bettered with a long white formal coat making you look like a model who deserves her very own magazine cover.

So to sum up my undying love for pastels, I share with you a #InstaChallenge!  “ A week of Pastels” I want all you girls to post 3 of your very own pastel looks and use the #materialgirlindia  #goingpastel hashtags when sharing it …No big wins here but it will be great fun. Details will be up on my Insta page soon ( @materialgirlindia).

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