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Mens Guide To Rocking Summer Pastels

The Lowdown: How To Wear Pastels

Any man who isn’t completely new to the world of dressing himself knows that the arrival of spring means the arrival of colour and time to learn how to wear pastels. It’s elementary, dear reader. If Sherlock Holmes had better fashion sense than deerstalker hats, surely he would have agreed.

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Summer is about embracing the rainbow, and spring is about easing your way into the kaleidoscopic colours of that season with softer shades. Yes, we’re talking about pastels. For something that makes a pretty serious statement, pastels can be surprisingly easy to wear. It’s kind of like the fashion equivalent of a choose-your-own-adventure book – you can stay safe and sane, or go as big and bold as you want. The choice is yours.

Here are a few tips and reminders for getting it right, whichever path you take:

  • If you’re still nervous around colour, pair a pastel piece with something neutral. The neutral piece will anchor the more attention-getting shade and turn it into an accent rather than the main event.
  • Because pastels are softer tones, they can be more versatile than their brighter brethren. You’re less likely to create a clash when working with more subtle shades.
  • That being said, be careful of wearing multiple pastel pieces in one outfit. It’s not impossible, but you run a serious risk of looking like salt water taffy or Neapolitan ice cream.
  • Pastels can be a more timeless alternative to primary colours. A neon pink shirt may be on trend at some point, but it won’t last nearly as long as a pale pink shirt. Pastels are also more forgiving, and better able to suit a variety of styles and skin types.


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