As spring draws near, the hustle to change out your winter wardrobe for lighter colors and pieces begins, and we can’t think of a better way to jumpstart your spring wardrobe than with the latest trend to make waves on the red carpet: pastel hues. Yes, ever since brands like Louis Vuitton and 3.1 Phillip Lim showed pastel hues in their spring collections, this pretty color palette has been gaining traction on the red carpet—with top tastemakers like Alexa Chung, Brooklyn Decker, and Jessica Chastain all giving it a try. So what are you waiting for? Click through to today’s Trend Report to discover what all the fuss is about and how you can try it for yourself!
Who is trying this trend?
Felicity Jones was one of the first stars to give this trend a new spin—stepping out in a pale blue Calvin Klein Collection dress for The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual “Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast” in Beverly Hills back in December. However, Brookyln Decker was right on her tail, wearing a mint green Tory Burch dress to the 2011 UNICEF Ball in Beverly Hills the very next day. About a month later, Jessica Chastain wore a pastel pink Balenciaga dress to the 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles. About a fortnight later, Alexa Chung wore an eggshell blue Chanel dress to the Chanel “Numeros Prives” exhibition in Las Vegas.
How are they styling it?
One of the things we like about this trend is that you can take it in several different directions. For instance, you could take notes from Alexa and Felicity and emphasize the flirty, feminine vibe of a pastel dress by pairing it with a platform heel in a neutral color. The silhouette of the heel adds a sexy twist to the look, but the neutral color means that the shoe won’t steal focus from the dress. On the other hand, you could create a fun color story by pairing your dress with a brightly-colored heel, the way Brooklyn has done—just make sure to look for a color that flatters your dress. (An orange heel looks great with a mint green or light blue dress, a purple heel would work well with a pale yellow dress, and a green heel would look amazing with a pale pink dress.) Finally, you could move in an entirely different direction and let your pastel dress stand on its own, just like Jessica did. This works particularly well with fun colors like pink and yellow.
How can I make this look my own?
The best thing about this trend is that there are plenty of options, with dresses to suit every style and every budget. The best way to begin your search is to pick a color and take it from there. If you like pretty pastel blues, check out Marni’s Textured Silk Dress ($436) and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Palm Pattern Mini Dress ($145). If you want to try a minty green dress, take a look at Emanuel Ungaro’s Lace-Trimmed Silk-Blend Dress ($656) and Alice + Olivia’s One Shoulder Drape Dress ($286). If pink is your poison, try Won Hundred’s Sof Dress ($139) and Katharine Hamnett’s Gina Washed Silk-Satin Dress ($175). And if you want to try a buttery shade of yellow, check out Topshop’s Cheeky Mesh Bodycon Dress ($90) or Zara’s Asymmetric Dress ($60).
What about accessories?
If you plan to follow the lead of Alexa and Felicity and opt for a neutral heel, we definitely suggest you check out Steven by Steve Madden’s Angels Peep-Toe Pumps ($159)—both the black and blush versions work perfectly for this trend. If you plan to take notes from Brooklyn and you need a bright heel, start by checking out Enzo Angiolini’s Venezia Peep-Toe Pumps ($99).
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