I am definitely a lover of Spring/Summer fashion trends. Sometimes It's not about sticking to whatever is the "new best thing" but prolonging the life of the trends you have already been embracing. One such trend that I just can't leave behind is the bold retro pastel look. With 50's inspired cat eye sunglasses and pastel pops of colour, I hope, like my pastel hair, it won't fade!I know full on Pastel isn't for everyone but even more subtle nods to the look, I think, make a selection of clothes into an outfit. If you're more of a neutral girl why not add a more accessible shade like duck egg blue or a pale pink. If you're even more shy and don't want a statement clothes piece why not try a nail varnish? Barry M for example have some great shades which would be perfect.If you're looking for a more bold look, a statement piece is an essential. A pastel leather jacket for example is one of my favourite picks. It's a feminine yet edgy accessory which can turn any outfit or boring pair of skinny jeans into a chic rock chick look. If the pastel trend is more of a fleeting fancy for you don't splash out on expensive real leather, pick up something more affordable. This jacket for example I got for just £10 and while the material isn't leather, the shoulder stitching and zip detailing could rival that of ones much more expensive found in the likes of Zara.While the look is bold if executed from head to toe, a more subtle approach can be just as effective. As a lover of my black tops and skinny jeans I actually find a pastel accessory contrasts so well with the darker shades it almost makes it more vivid and noticeable, while the black background provides a classic casual vibe. And this way you don't have to over haul your already existing wardrobe but simply add a new handbag, pair of shoes or even a pair of sunglasses. If you want to really bring the whole look together why not add an accent brighter shade, these tend to perk up the over all look. It's all about making the outfit looked balanced so while the black background serves as a blank canvas, the pastel piece remains the statement feature and a hint of a brighter shade makes the look pop and ensures it doesn't appear wishy washy. If you are in to make up think of it like contouring, you want some darker tones and some lighter tones to give dimension, a subtle flush of colour on the cheeks and a statement bold lip. I find it best works in the form of a lipstick or blusher, something small with a punch of colour. My favourites are these Bourjois' Velvet Matte liquid lipsticks and Revlon's Colourburst Matte Lip Balms. The high pigmentation and bold shades make the whole look much more vivid and both have a vast range of colours to choose from.The very last piece of Pastel wisdom I can bestow on you is the most important of all... have fun. It may seem like there are rules to follow but really these are just how I like to work the pastel look, it's about having fun and wearing what you want and how you want to wear it. I see things all the time and think even if I like it I'm not sure I'm brave enough to wear it but sometimes you just have to trust your own taste, if you like it, chances are someone else will too and if they don't who really cares! Be bold and buy that pastel item you have been thinking about getting! In the words of Shia Labeouf (and Nike) "Just do it!". (I'd like to also confess I have just bought myself a shiny pastel pink raincoat...too much?)
Finally after such a lengthy and cold winter there is a glimmer of sunshine! As much as I enjoy using the cold weather as an excuse for a hot chocolate I do so miss the call of those icy lemon drinks and sunny trips to Brighton. At last! I thought this morning when I awoke to a little ray of sun breaking through my window, but panic suddenly came over me when I realised I have nothing to wear! What on earth will I wear if the sun should come out again, surely not the same dull black jumpers I've been fashioning all winter?With a new found excitement (and creme egg in hand) I have decided to make the most of the good weather and treat myself to some new clothes. I haven't had a free day to do so but I certainly plan to. I think it would be a good idea to plan out a few outfit ideas or key pieces to help me focus my efforts on what I really want or else I will end up going home with any old thing because I don't want to leave empty handed...we've all done it haven't we? Desperation is no-ones friend, believe me, my old wardrobe (pre-spring clean) was an ode to this.Sometimes you just need a little injection of colour into your wardrobe or a few key accessories to bring it all together and give it a revamp without having to spend a fortune to update it. I fear my lack lustre closet is beyond this point at this stage, but before you go spending all your pocket money on a full collection have a look at what you already have, maybe adjust it or do a DIY job to make it different. And if you do go searching for something new and different be realistic, it may be on trend but will you ever really wear it? I'll try my best to take my own advice but in the mean time, eat lots of chocolate and enjoy your Easter whatever you are up to! I'll be back with a spring fashion edit post soon!