Omnes Daphne Tiered Midi Dress in Rainforest Print
Omnes Daphne Tiered Midi Dress in Rainforest Print

Pastel power: 4 ways to work the candy colours trend

From loungewear to dresses, update your spring wardrobe with chic pale pieces, says Katie Wright.

Katie Wright
Thursday 18 March 2021 08:45

Perfectly suited to spring, sugary shades are all the rage this season – with floral fabrics and candy coloured dresses dominating the SS21 catwalks, from Chanel and Dior to Erdem.

But floaty frocks aren’t your only option. We’re also seeing pale shades popping up in the transitional fashion category, so you don’t have to wait until it properly warms up to try the trend.

Here are four ways to wear the pretty pastel look, from spring to summer…

1. Loungewear

Working from home will continue to be the norm for many of us for months to come, and if you’re looking for a way to breathe life into your loungewear wardrobe, pastels are the answer.

Swap your grey and khaki sweats for mint, lemon, baby blue or powder pink – or try a mix with tie-dye print.

George at Asda Supersoft Hoody; Tie Dye Sweat; Tie Dye Joggers; Cream Mesh Sports Trainers

George at Asda Supersoft Hoody, £12.50; Tie Dye Sweat, £12.50; Tie Dye Joggers, £14; Cream Mesh Sports Trainers, £14 (available March 29)

Lyle & Scott Women's Blue Lagoon Oversized Sweatshirt

Lyle & Scott Women’s Oversized Sweatshirt – Blue Lagoon, £50

2. Denim

After being cast aside for months in favour of cosy comfies, denim is back with a bang for spring.

Forget boring blues, this season is all about double denim separates in saccharine shades. Basically, if you look something like a Battenberg cake, you’re doing it right.

Marks and Spencer Collection Dusted Pink Denim Button Detailed Jacket

Marks and Spencer Collection Dusted Pink Denim Button Detailed Jacket, £35

Khost Clothing Cargo Denim Midi Skirt

Khost Clothing Cargo Denim Midi Skirt, £35, M&Co

3. Florals

Bring your Bridgerton fashion fantasies to life with catwalk-inspired floral print frocks, ideal for summertime picnics in the park.

Give your demure dress a grungy edge by teaming it with lace-up boots and an oversized cardi, or pair with an equally on-trend pastel denim jacket.

Omnes BCI Cotton Square Neck Tiered Midi Dress in Rainforest Print, £75 (boots, stylist’s own)

New Look Purple Floral Square Neck Mini Dress

New Look Purple Floral Square Neck Mini Dress, £25.99

National Trust Silk Scarf Nymans Foliage Multicolour

National Trust Silk Scarf – Nymans Foliage Multicolour, £20

4. Footwear

What to wear with your baby-pink loungewear? Pastel trainers, course.

Then, come summer, the Nineties trend continues, with minimalist mules and sporty sandals.

Marks and Spencer Goodmove Slip On Knitted Trainers

Marks and Spencer Goodmove Slip On Knitted Trainers, £35

Deichmann Sandals

Deichmann Sandals, £24.99 (available March 23)

New Look Sandals

New Look Sandals, £19.99 (available March 21)