Last week, the lovely lady behind the @SarenzaUK Twitter feed asked me a very important question:
“What do I wear with pastel jeans?!”
It seems I’ve developed a bit of a reputation for loving coloured jeans (recently I’ve worn them here and here) and hopefully do so with some degree of style. Maybe. So with those shaky qualifications in place, I decided to put together another of my (always very tongue-in-cheek) How To Wear guides! Hoorah!
(This outfit is only really suitable if we all agree to ignore the fact there’s snow on the ground. No, I didn’t wear the shoes outside, but they’re perfect for a double-pastel outfit so please suspend your belief for the next five minutes!)
I bought these pretty pink jeans from Uniqlo a few months ago and have worn them LOTS. Uniqlo jeans are fantastic and the free tailoring service (they’ll hem your jeans to the perfect length, usually within 20 minutes and for no extra charge) is amazing. I usually wear them with a grey marl tee or navy striped jumper, but today I thought I’d go all out and fully embrace the ice cream shades with a minty green jumper from H&M.
Here are my tips for wearing pastel colours:
- Size up – pale shades can be very unflattering when worn tight, so go for the next size up and wear slightly looser
- Stay simple – I’ve found mixing pastels with basic pieces in plain colours works better than pairing them with fussy prints
- Keep it light and airy – try a soft, gentle look from head-to-toe – avoid clashing colours, dark makeup and overly detailed jewellery
- Watch your feet – shoes are the trickiest things to nail in a pastel outfit – anything too heavy just looks out of place. I like nude heels, light coloured plimsolls or grey flats.
How would you wear pastels?