It’s time to start dressing for and like summer. Sorbet pastel shades: can you even say you’re fashionable if you aren’t wearing them this season?

Sorbet pastels are trending this season, even though we mentioned the comeback of electrifying neons – it’s not wrong to fall in love with both shades at the same time to experiment with. If you’re not entirely comfortable flaunting the neons just yet, why not test the waters with these delicious shades? It’s fail-proof, easy to pair and definitely a stand out moment to style with your neutrals. The soothing colours in buttercup yellow, cool blue, lilacs, peony pink, and more are not only pleasing to the eye but an ideal go-to hue to get dressed up for the upcoming outings in the sun.

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From the runway

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The best part about wearing pastels is the fact that you can never go wrong with the idea of it. Although it may be a hit and miss to some, it’s perfect for those who are a huge fan of vivid colours or are wanting to step into the world of brights. The pale tones weren’t only popular through clothing, as it was also a popular medium in the famous paintings you’ve probably seen in museums today. Dating back to the 17th and 18th century, you’ll notice how the soft pastels were an essential piece to the Renaissance and Rococo styles. 

The romantic strokes and choice of colours used in the paintings were then transformed and inspired into the beautiful garment pieces we see today. From feminine to structured silhouettes, these soft hues does not define any specific style but instead, brings a joyful pairing to your everyday wardrobe. You have elegant spring-ready shift dress from Chloé to timeless trench coats to invest in from Jil Sander and Max Mara – it may be impossible to wear these trench coats in Malaysia, but think about sourcing for outerwear pieces in breezy silhouettes, such as blazers, denim- or cropped jackets. 

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We can’t stress this enough but it’s always great to start exploring this trend by finding the right shade for you. Once you’ve figured out a base for the outfit, you can either go head-to-toe tonal, or colour block it if you’re feeling slightly fancy. We may sound like a broken record but the only way you’ll know what works is to test it out on yourself before finding the right combination to match your vibe – trust us on this. Here are a few colour combos you can try: pink and lilac, blue and lilac, and lastly, yellow and green.

However, don’t freak out if the colour combos don’t match your style because the good thing about pastels is how similar they are with the white undertones. Grab a few colour combos, try it out and be prepared to fall in love with it.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur

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Jacquemus open-back draped linen mini dress

This open-back draped dress is a dream come true. We love how the structured fold on the front adds detail without overdoing it. Pair this dress with lilac strappy heels and a clutch, and you’re good to go.

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Price
Approx. THB 18,787
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Holzweiler rose ribbed stretch organic cotton-jersey T-shirt

We love how ribbed tees are trending the past year and the easiest pairing to go with this is your go-to high-waisted denim jeans. It’s a fail-proof option and it goes well as an everyday pairing. Elevate the look with pastel-coloured heels or sandals in blush pink, or match it in lilac, and watch it glow.

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Price
Approx. THB 3,601
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Bottega Veneta Intrecciato quilted leather mules

You can never go wrong with a Bottega Veneta piece and these Intrecciato mules are one to add to your wishlist. While the mules work for your weekend soirees, think about styling this with an all-white look or even a cream-coloured outfit so the mules can have a stand-out moment.

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Price
Approx. THB 66,120
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Saint Laurent Niki medium quilted leather shoulder bag

Hunting for an everyday bag that’s both spacious and easy to carry? Saint Laurent’s Niki quilted bag is made for you and it comes in the right shade of pink pastel to wear all year long. You can colour match it with your pastel combos or with your neutrals to tone it down a little.

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Price
Approx. THB 84,554
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Acne Studios woven shorts

This tailored woven shorts would go well with a graphic tee or an oversized plain white tee to keep things chic yet casual. With its versatility, you can even wear this out on casual meetings by styling it with a matching oversized blazer and finish it off with layered jewellery in gold.

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Approx. THB 11,551
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Amalina Anuar
Senior Writer
A writer by day and spin instructor by night. Amalina fuels her day with anything that’s covered in chocolate and breaking a sweat in the spin studio. With fashion and music as inspiration, you can find her obsessing over her favourite artist's music videos or swaying to funky tunes at live gigs.