How To Wear Winter Pastels – Outfit Ideas

There’s something reassuring and safe about mouth-watering pastels. With names like sherbet, sorbet and candy floss, maybe we’re on a nostalgia kick – or perhaps they remind us of the fresh growth of spring. Yet they’re ideal to lighten dull days, so let’s discuss the best ideas for pastel outfits, winter 2014-style.

At some point soon, you’ll be mad for a warm coat, and we think you’re already crazy for pastels. Why retreat into dark colours to mirror the season? Match a powder pink coat to a mini skirt, or contrast by adding a bright statement piece, such as the forest green prevalent at Thakoon. Gucci, however, stuck to pastel with a mint double breasted number for fall/winter 2014/15, while Scervino mixed sage and heather.

Baby blue was just made for denim, or do we mean it the other way around? Team an oversized pod coat with jeans, or pair a tailored version with purple skinnies and heels or cut-out boots. Pastels are also used by artists, so if you’re wary of looking as pretty as a picture, give it a little edge with a plaid shirt, or black leather pants. Offset with camel or brown to add warmth to the whole, and define with a contrasting collar.

Layer your pastels – you knew we’d get to that at some point, didn’t you? Go with differing shades of the same colour, or mix them up, and introduce some white for softness. Wear a light-coloured blazer for work, and you’re already dressed to move on to play later.

Swap summer chiffon for pastel knits that are tailored or oversized, with a clunky necklace for depth. Accessorise with black, white or animal prints. Alternatively, keep your chiffon and team with a sweater, or opt instead for grey lace with pink, lemon or blue. Pull on over-the-knee boots in blush, under a white coat wrapped in a salmon scarf.

Pick a faux fur jacket in champagne or lavender, or pale outerwear edged with the same in brown or grey. Throw a peach cape over beige trousers. Offset cream or ivory with pink, vanilla with sky blue, and lilac with sage, or come up with your own ice cream combo of shades!

This is a trend with endless nuances, and if it doesn’t bring tranquillity, we don’t know what will. Now’s the time to call on your inner artist – seize the moment and have lots of fun!

The featured photo is of María Sancho wearing a pastel oversized pod coat from Karen Millen

Pastel colours are the perfect choice for a casual and bright winter look. Ann Taylor wears a happy shade of baby blue on a maxi coat and skinny jeans, paired with faux snakeskin boots and shades. Coat: Mute by JL, Blouse/Boots: Isabel Marant Etoile, Turtleneck: Uniqlo, Jeans: Madewell, Scarf: Everlane.

Pastel colours are the perfect choice for a casual and bright winter look. Ann Taylor wears a happy shade of baby blue on a maxi coat and skinny jeans, paired with faux snakeskin boots and shades.

Coat: Mute by JL, Blouse/Boots: Isabel Marant Etoile, Turtleneck: Uniqlo, Jeans: Madewell, Scarf: Everlane.

This is how pastels should be worn in winter. Via Barbora Ondrackova Shirt: Acne, Jeans/Shoes: Topshop, Coat: Missguided, Bag: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Celine

This is how pastels should be worn in winter. Via Barbora Ondrackova

Shirt: Acne, Jeans/Shoes: Topshop, Coat: Missguided, Bag: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Celine

Larisa Costea is mixing in a mint coloured knit sweater from Romwe

Larisa Costea is mixing in a mint coloured knit sweater from Romwe

Pastel Outfit: Leonie Sophie is wearing a pastel blue bucket and vest from Lempi and Zara respectively

Pastel Outfit: Leonie Sophie is wearing a pastel blue bucket and vest from Lempi and Zara respectively

Priscila Betancort is wearing a baby blue lapel long sleeve woolen coat from Sheinside

Priscila Betancort is wearing a baby blue lapel long sleeve woolen coat from Sheinside

Pastel Outfits: Mary Seng is wearing a pink chevron pattern sweater from Vince Camuto and the pale blue coat is from McGinn

Pastel Outfits: Mary Seng is wearing a pink chevron pattern sweater from Vince Camuto and the pale blue coat is from McGinn

Pastel Outfit Trend: Aida Domenech is wearing a light pink robe coat from Gat Rimon

Pastel Outfit Trend: Aida Domenech is wearing a light pink robe coat from Gat Rimon

Pastel Outfit Ideas: Valerie Husemann is wearing powder blue sweater from Hallhuber, jeans from Aso, bag from River Island and the shoes are from Topshop

Pastel Outfit Ideas: Valerie Husemann is wearing powder blue sweater from Hallhuber, jeans from Aso, bag from River Island and the shoes are from Topshop

Mary Seng is wearing a pale blue double breasted coat from TopShop

Mary Seng is wearing a pale blue double breasted coat from TopShop

Pastel Outfit: Nicoletta Reggio is wearing a pink coat from Laredoute

Pastel Outfit: Nicoletta Reggio is wearing a pink coat from Laredoute

Hanneli Mustaparta is wearing a pastel blue coat from Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti

Hanneli Mustaparta is wearing a pastel blue coat from Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti

How To Wear Pastel For Winter: Vanessa Hong is wearing a pale pink fluffy coat from H&M Trend

How To Wear Pastel Colours For Winter: Vanessa Hong is wearing a pale pink fluffy coat from H&M Trend

Angelica Blick is wearing a pastel pink oversized coat

Angelica Blick is wearing a pastel pink oversized coat

Besugarandspice in her baby blue winter coat from Zara

Besugarandspice in her baby blue winter coat from Zara

Génesis Serapioi is wearing a pastel pink sweater from Thrifted, skirt from Oasap, boots from Zara and the awesome backpack is from Mochila

Génesis Serapioi is wearing a pastel pink sweater from Thrifted, skirt from Oasap, boots from Zara and the awesome backpack is from Mochila

Winter Pastel Outfit: Ivana Julián is wearing a pink coat from Oasap

Winter Pastel Outfit: Ivana Julián is wearing a pink coat from Oasap