Although I don’t believe in doing something (or not doing something) just because it’s trending, it’s just a fact of life that pastel hues like turquoise and cotton candy pink don’t exactly scream fall. A lot of people prefer to go dark this time of year, pairing their blacks and browns with reds, blues and purples instead. But in case that’s not your thing, I’m showing you how you can get the best of both worlds and rock pastels along with your fave fall fashion staples – without looking like you’re confused as to what season it is. For example, if you want to give your pink, mint or lavender pieces a cold-weather edge, pair them with black, like below:
Black + pastel make a great pair because they’re the ultimate contrast (especially if you’re bored with black and white). The What? Pleated Dress is a prime example of pastels spicing up a fall look. The crewneck sweater is warm and the pleated skirt is an obvious match for the pastel text. You can also pair pastels with sheer thigh high socks or a sleek material like this vegan leather jacket to give those feminine shades a bold twist.
Of course, there’s no rule that says you have to wear dark colors in the fall, or sport black or brown at all. If grays and cream colors are your go-to neutrals like this basic, soft gray dress, you’ll be able to match it up with your favorite pastel color combos (kawaii, anyone?), no problem. Your only hurdle? Making sure you come off as cozy, not overly springy. Soft fabrics, warm knits and chunky details are the way to go. You can’t go wrong with something like the fringe detail of this pink leather tote or the chunky knit of the Wild Child Poncho.
Brown booties could go with either look – edgy or cozy – while you can easily pair the light lined boots with a poncho or blanket scarf, and of course these sleek buckle boots in black are, you guessed it, my picks for a bold fall vibe.
What’s your style? Are you into pastels year-round or only in the spring time?