As much as we love a punchy pop of colour, there’s a special place in our heart for pastel shades. One of the biggest fashion trends this year, pastels hit the spring catwalks like a tonne of bricks, with numerous designers transforming their collections into ice-cream coloured masterpieces. Vintage clothes come out on top when it comes to the delicate pastel shades. Both ladylike and powerful, we show you how to this spring is the perfect time to make these vintage pastel pieces work.
Rules are meant to be broken in fashion and this holds true for a previously taboo trend! Pink and red is the new black and white. Once considered a fashion faux pas, it is now the season’s most favourite pairing. Toss out the fashion rule book because this colour combination is truly heating up this spring, signalling that this baby pink pastel isn’t going anywhere!
If you can’t wear ruffle pastel pink and ruffle finishes in spring, when can you? Our sweet 1960s dress is, without a doubt, one of the prettiest pieces I’ve seen this spring. The ruffle detailing around the neckline and the arm holes is a perfect finishing touch to make that pastel pink pop. With a watermark pattern throughout the dress, it has just the right amount of ‘statement’. For the season’s hottest combination, pair with our red patent frame bag for that added bit of shine and punch of colour and why not add our St Michael scarf to either your hair-do or your handbag for that extra vintage touch?
If you’re not all into the pink and red combo, a pastel pink gives a flawless finish to any monochrome piece! Take our monochrome roses skirt. Providing a splash of the 50s too, this black and white pleated skirt proves just perfect with our embroidered daisy shell top, not too much of a corrupt colour clash but an effortless pairing of a bit of ladylike vintage class!
Our apricot brocade waistcoat I just had to include! Remember, these beauties aren’t just for suits! They can add a unique and vintage feel to a relatively plain outfit. We’ve paired our lace 1960s shell top with our 1950s lace pencil skirt for a base of buildability. Add the waistcoat and pair it with a similar coloured accessory (like this opulent vintage scarf) for the perfect put-together spring outfit.
The pastel blue is an addition of pure class to your vintage wardrobe. It’s impossible to not look like a breath of fresh air in these vintage dresses. We have chosen our powder blue 60s shift dress – the cutest dress for spring. With three white buttons decorating the front and a double collar, this dress is ideal for the warmer days and getting you set for those summer months. If you’re feeling a more modest outfit, our 50s St Michael dress is a very pretty piece. The bodice has vertical pin tucks for that flattering figure and comes with a matching belt to nip in that waist.
The splash of red adds a nautical touch to any shade of blue, but particularly makes the blue pastel tone of this season pop. Adding some red sunglasses can be enough to complete your outfit or if you’re a hat lover, our vintage Laura Ashley sun hat might be the perfect hat for you. Adorned with two red silk poppy flowers at the front, it adds a splash of colour, immersing your outfit with that classic vintage rustic look.
Mint greens are making a comeback, along with all the other ice-cream shades and for that, I am thrilled. There is no fresher piece than a vintage mint green blouse, like our 50s sheer green blouse. For the colder days in spring (unfortunately we get them), a pairing of a classic blouse with these Crombie style trousers offers a street-style outfit to die for. Throw on a matching jacket (psst, our lime check 50s jacket) and a pair of sunnies – you will look as effortless and as chic as ever.
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