Pretty in Pastels: How to Wear Pastels


Inspired by the soft hues of spring, pastel fashion makes an elegant return with an updated take on the classic styles. Structured suits bring a sleek feel to monochromatic ensembles while mixed pastel outfits and bold accents break up the look for effortless everyday wear. Browse style tips from the experts at St. John Knits to reinvent a fresh and sophisticated wardrobe that's perfect for warm seasons. 

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Monochromatic Pastel Outfits

There's nothing quite as chic and feminine as head to toe pastels. Monochromatic styles are a fashion classic, creating an effortlessly unified look that's perfect for everyday wear and evening occasions. 

Tailor your style to the workplace with a fitted blazer and trousers to create a soft look that maintains a modern edge. Summer pastels are perfect for the warm weather, while the structure of each piece keeps the outfit feeling professional and refined.  

For breezy everyday styles, explore texture to break up a monochromatic pastel ensemble. A soft tulle skirt and knit cardigan in matched hues lend a unified look that highlights the unique texture of each garment. On warmer days when layering isn't an option, mix up the look of a dress or jumpsuit with bold, textured accessories. 

Mixed Pastel Outfits

Color blocking is a staple of inspired fashion and pastels are no exception. Explore a bold version of the spring palette by pairing your favorite pastels together to create eye-catching looks that are as modern as they are feminine. 

Embrace the trend by pairing contrasting pastels in the key pieces of your ensemble. A delicate lemon colored top and structured blue pant create an eye-catching look that's perfect for fresh spring days. Don't forget to explore texture, too. A sleek bottom and flowy chiffon top can help to soften the aesthetic for sophisticated daywear. 

Play with a subtler version of the color-blocked look by creating a monochromatic foundation and layering colorful accessories. A soft periwinkle dress offers a classic base, while chic lemon custard yellow heels and a matching bag lend bold color appeal. Pastel accessories also offer an easy day-to night option, as you can swap the bold hues to a soft neutral for an effortless evening transition. 

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Explore the Palette

The most welcome trends are those that can pair effortlessly with existing pieces in your wardrobe. While pastels make a gorgeous statement when paired together, the soft hues also blend easily with neutral and bold ensembles. Play with an accent pastel over a classic neutral outfit, or create a contrasting look with bright colors for a vibrant summer feel. 

Pairing Pastels with Neutrals

A staple of any wardrobe, neutrals keep your ensemble feeling grounded and modern. They also make the perfect base for any accent piece, letting you layer a soft pastel accent without overwhelming the outfit. Create a light and breezy look with chic white pants and pistachio green blouse, or explore a softer style with a delicate periwinkle scarf over a pale gray dress.

Mixing Pastels with Bolder Hues

The easiest way to pair pastels with other colors is to play with different hues in the same palette. A soft pastel blue blouse with a rich navy skirt lends instant elegance, creating a unique variation on traditional monochromatic looks. For statement style, contrast your hues with one pastel and one vibrant piece.

Create effortlessly elegant spring ensembles with the latest designs from St. John Knits. Explore soft pastels for sleek monochromatic looks and modern mixed outfits to discover your favorite way to embrace the season's style.