Casual Style

How to Wear Spring Pastels: 7 Styles to Consider

by Drew Dagan


Spring pastels can often be a tricky color palette to master, but the payoff is worth it—nothing says casual elegance like a hint of blush or lavender. To instantly freshen, boost, and lighten up your spring wardrobe, try these easy styles in spring pastels.

1. A Tweed Jacket

Think of a jacket in a color combo like this one as a two-for-one—double the fun and texture. You may hear pastels and think of your Sunday best, but pastel shades are actually a perfect bridge between work and weekend. At the office, pair a tweed jacket with its matching skirt. Or, take the same jacket and wear it with white, black, or denim jeans for brunch, baby showers, and more.

brunette woman in tweed pastel jacket

2. A Knit Shell

Blouses in spring pastels instantly lift and brighten your top half, drawing attention to your face. A knit shell like this one can be considered a year-round staple for its ability to be worn with many items in your closet, regardless of season. It looks great at work under a black suit that might otherwise seem safe, but it also is a wonderful option to wear with a printed pant or skirt in spring.

brunette woman in light pink sleeveless v-neck shell

3. A Floral Dress

Sometimes, making a statement can be done subtly. After all, the woman makes the outfit, right? Pastels can be used to convey femininity and strength without being as aggressive as colors like red. When joined with your confidence, a pastel ensemble makes you a work warrior and a weekend warrior. Pair a floral pastel dress with flats and a casual cardigan to transform a work dress into a fun, off-duty look.

brunette woman in floral light pink pastel sleeveless dress

4. A Silky Blouse

This color palette will mix well with a range of colors, from winter white to gray and forest green to coral. Use the general rules of color-blocking to achieve an outfit that looks complex but isn’t. An elegant yet casual blouse in a pastel performs well both with heavier fabrics in fall and crisp cottons in spring, making it a year-round workhorse.

brunette woman in long sleeve pastel pink split-sleeve blouse with lace

5. A Pair of Jeans

Sometimes it’s fun to just have a piece that’s all about showing off your personality. Enter a pair of pastel jeans, which can be dressed up and dressed down according to your weekend plans. Whether it’s a birthday party, a grocery run, or date night, a pair like these will brighten things up and get you noticed.

a woman in light pink skinny jeans

6. A Midi Fit-and-Flare Dress

Sweet shades like lavender and light pink are often no-brainers for spring wedding attire, but this season, try taking it one step further. You can get twice the wear out of a lacy fit-and-flare dress by adding wedges and a denim jacket to go for the more casual look.

brunette woman in v-neck lace lavender mini dress

7. A Signature Accessory

There’s no simpler way to brighten up suiting or a shift dress than with a pastel belt, shoe, or scarf. Look for pastel accessories in silhouettes that you know already work for you to streamline the process of getting dressed. Whether that’s a skinny belt or a pair of earrings, a pastel accessory is one you know will help effortlessly carry your wardrobe into spring.

No matter which style you choose, it’s easy to get excited for spring pastels–and now is the time.

reversible light pink skinny belt with silver hardware

Featured in this article:

Tweed Jacket, $160

Collared Knit Shell, $49

Floral-Print Soft A-Line Dress, $150

Lace-Trim Split-Sleeve Blouse, $89

Mid-Rise Skinny Ankle Jeans, $89

Lace Midi Fit-and-Flare Dress, $178

Reversible Skinny Belt, $42

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