Fashion is having a pastel moment right now — everything from dresses to shoes to sunglasses have been dipped in these softer shades for Spring. Runways including Louis Vuitton, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Vera Wang debuted lighter looks for this season, and style setters like Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba, and Kirsten Dunst have already tested out the trend. Accordingly, we headed over to Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills and styled up some Spring-perfect outfits using a pastel palette. From a breezy daytime look to a sequined minidress, watch to see how you can wear pastels from day to night. On Allison McNamara: Proenza Schouler dress.
Pastel shades are at the top of our must-haves list this Summer, so we love how Selena Gomez styled up a soft shade of blue for a night out. She selected a pastel, pleated Versace dress from Spring 2012 for the Alliance For Children's Rights third annual Right to Laugh event, pairing it with pointed-toe nude pumps that lengthen her stems. Watch today's Fab Flash to hear more about her ultrachic ensemble. On Allison McNamara: StyleMint top, House of Harlow 1960 necklace, and Zara skirt.
Fashion is totally having a pastel moment thanks to Spring runways at Louis Vuitton, Vera Wang, and Tory Burch. So, we headed over to Intermix's newest location in Brentwood, CA, and styled out one mint green blouse for three different occasions. Whether you want to mix it with rich textures, go colorblocked with a bold bright, or edge it up for a night out, we've got something for everyone in today's installment of Ways to Wear. On Allison McNamara: A.L.C. top, A.L.C. shorts.
Christmas has red and green, Valentine's Day has reds and pinks, St. Patrick's Day has green, and when window displays become filled with pastels, you know what holiday is coming up: Easter! Take this quiz to see if you can name the item's soft hue.
FabSugar has found the Spring couture runways dominated by very pretty pastels this year. Everyone from Christian Dior to Eli Saab to Christian Lacroix is using a delicate, powdery pigment. I've been noticing the same trend in the home décor world. A part of me is reminded of Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada snapping sarcastically, "Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking." I mean, are pastels so revolutionary? No, they're not. But, I've come across soft shades that are a far cry from that not-so-distant memory of your Laura Ashley-ridden tea parties. You'll see what I mean when you read more
The truth is, the Topshop collection just doesn't compare. Jonathan Saunders, known for his color blocking and silhouette skimming frocks, is close to driving American women off their Marc Jacobs diet. The London designer showed this Somerby dress as part of his Spring collection and it should be a top seller, now that it's hit the stores. The fact is, his clothing is easy to understand and balances the desire to look sexy (body skimming) without being too serious (color blocking). We think this dress is the perfect example. A silk bandage dress can be an intimidating prospect, but, create body-conscious panels of cool pastel color, give it a high mesh neckline, and throw in some flattering front-facing pockets, and you've conquered the issue completely. See our spread below for more of the Spring collection.
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I hope you've enjoyed my series on pastel beauty goodies. My personal favorites are peachy blushes, pale pink polishes, green eye shadows and lilac lip glosses. Click on the links below to discover a wealth of both wild and mild pastel beauty products to suit all of your springtime urges!
Pretty pastel nail polishes are a fun way to lighten up any warm-weather beauty look. Pale pinks, sage greens, sunny yellows and light lavenders are beautiful shades to complement a special sundress or handbag. (And if you're still stuck with winter, they're a nice way to bring Spring to you early.) The colors come in an array of opaque formulas for you fearless femmes, as well as sheer versions for those of you who are still a little bit gun-shy.
L'Oreal Pro Manicure Nail Polish, Trust Fund Baby ($3.49) is a fun color with a catchy name. The polish is formaldehyde and toluene free — and since it contains pro-keratin proteins, it also strengthens your nails. I think this shade in particular looks best when you apply two coats.
Duri Nail Polish in Pistachio ($3.75) is a light, opaque lime green polish that lasts long, dries quickly, and imparts high shine along with streak-free color.
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Welcome back to my series on pretty pastel beauty products. I hope that checking out these flirty finds is getting you excited for Spring. Below are three different pastel blushes that are best worn on the apples of your cheeks and then blended outwards (to your hairline) and upwards (towards the top of your ear). Remember to start off with a gentle touch and layer until you reach your desired shade. Tip: these blushes look especially hot with a little bit of highlighter on top.
Darphin Blush in Raisin Delicieux ($40) is a finely-milled powder blush that will create a healthy and vibrant flush on your face. This color in particular is especially warming if paired with a bronzer. A little bit goes a long way, so apply with caution.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush in Fresh ($12.49) imparts a fresh, outdoorsy-looking and slightly shimmery flush to your skin. I like to sweep an angled contour brush over all of the shades and apply it to the lower part of my cheekbones for a more dramatic effect. Also, I appreciate that you don't have to be quite as careful with this powder because the formula is much more sheer than the others.
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