How-to Tuesdays | How to Wear Pastels & Not Look Like an Easter Egg

It sounds simple enough, but all too often, mixing pastels can go very wrong very quickly. So, how do you pull off those pale pastels and make them look modern on holidays that don't involve talking white bunnies and egg hunts? Before I get to that answer, I have another question for you:

Do you remember paint-by-number? Right, well this is Style-by-Number. There's no paint brush involved, but it is the simplest, step-by-step formula to getting the look you want (for your body type). You won't even miss the brush, promise. It's the exact same premise as the fail-proof canvases you remember so well. Everything is laid out for you, all you have to do is connect the dots.

So, on to the answer, here's one way to wear pastels for an easy, polished daytime look:


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Looks used as inspiration are a fabulous thing. I've used them to help my personal styling clients see new ways to wear what they have in their closets time and time again. You've got your glossy mags, catalogs, and let's not even get started on the Pinterest boards. Inspiration is not scarce, this we know. What IS missing from the equation is how to actually pull off these looks for YOUR personal BODY TYPE.

Knowing what to wear is one thing. Knowing how to wear it is a fundamental part of building one's wardrobe and updating your personal style. You can't have one without the other. Scratch that, you can have one without the other but it tends to leave you with a full closet and nothing to wear. Sound familiar?

Today's How-to Tuesday look is perfect for a couple of the body types. I'll break it down for you and give you a snippet of what you can expect to receive in your monthly Body Type Lookbooks (more to come on that very soon).

For now, Hourglass ladies, this one is for you, and I'll tell you why:

The blouse offers some coverage while the v-neck elongates. The neckline is also where you can show off your assets without going too far. It's a family-show kind of look with a little edge after all. The neutral beige on top is your best friend when pairing it back to a pastel. Balance out the colors out a bit so you don't go overboard with brights.

The flare leg, Isabel Marant jean works well for several body types actually. Not only does the silhouette work for Hourglasses, but Apples and Rectangles can play here too. If you fear the flare, by all means, go for a toned down version in a boot cut. No harm done. The goal is to balance out the proportions on top with the bottom half of the look. Pears can pass due to the color. Go with something in a darker wash.

Tip: If the top hits too far below the waist of the jean, this look is out for you Hourglasses. With this look you want to highlight the narrowest part of your frame, your waist, and if the shirt goes on forever, you're defeating the whole point.

If you have a longer torso you can always tuck it in. If you're short-waisted, then make sure you leave it out, or just switch to a classic, clean v-neck tee. The fit of the top should be close to the body at the bust-line and then stay streamlined from there, but not too body-hugging (i.e. it shouldn't make you feel like a stuffed sausage). The jeans follow suit with those fit guidelines.

The shoes (love, love, love, obsessed, adore...) are perfect to pair with the look because they're subtle and neutral. You will also be able to put them with a ton of other spring/summer looks you have. The focus is not on the shoes, plus the flare leg will cover them up so don't waist your time there. The cross-body bag is probably, along with the jean, one of the more trend-forward pieces in this style-by-number equation. I fell in love with the lavender. A 'cooler' hue works well back to the warm pink on the jeans so if lavender isn't your thing, go for a pale, dusty blue or just put everything back to a butterscotch brown satchel and pass on the pastel all together.

This look is for you to use as inspiration, so mix-and-match as you choose. Like I mentioned earlier, style-by-number was inspired by paint-by-number, but this time around, you're definitely allowed to pick what colors you want to go where. And if you're anything like me, this will be nothing new to you (visual: paint-by-number canvases of my 10 year old past self showing scenes of lake houses that had magenta roofs, coral waters, and robin's egg blue trees; following directions have never been my thing).

On to more inspiration on everything from what to wear to how to wear it for your body type, all right here.