How to wear pastels and look chic not chintzy- look at Tilda Swinton & Marion Cotillard for style ideas
I’ll Have What She’s Having: Sophisticated dusty pale colors that never scream juvenile
You must know that I’m not a fan of grown up women wearing baby pastels… in one wrong wimpy shade, you instantly take a hit to your personal power right down to that of a kid.
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But strong women CAN pull off pastels– particularly on these unbearably hot days (ok, not if you dealt with the freaky snow in Jackson Hole, WY this week)– if they know how to wear pastels to look chic and not chintzy.
Stylist tips on how to wear pastels to look chic & sophisticated…
- Think of fabrications as the great elixir and mix texture on texture. See Marion Cotillard’s slinky T-shirt against a filmy chiffon midi skirt. And, Tilda Swinton’s chiffon mauve top against a dusty periwinkle shantung skirt.
- Look for colors found in nature and not in Ben and Jerry’s flavors.
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- Avoid any style that screams “young” and opt for otherwise urban silhouettes with the unexpected hit of a dusty pale color.
- I love the kicky feel of Cotillard’s skirt that reminds me of a VERY modern take on 1960′s Cyd Charisse dancing dresses. This Raoul, Icon Chiffon Midi Dress has the same flirty retro feel.
- Add an unexpected touch of metallic, like Cotillard’s gold belt.
- Keep makeup natural and not like that poor girl I spotted the other day with green eyeshadow that MATCHED her green shirt. Oy.
- Hair should be simple, yet chic to avoid the old school pageant mom reference.
Try on some of these dusty pastels to cool off on a hot summer day…
Resident fashion expert & style mentor- With just about 20 years experience in the glamour industry as a New York-based photography fashion stylist, syndicated columnist, contributing editor, lecturer, on-air television/radio fashion expert, and founder / editor in chief of FocusOnStyle.com. Sharon Haver knows the modern-thinking woman wants easygoing style that suits her individual needs, spiced with just the right amount of flip and wit to make it personal.