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Deborah Boland view profile
Burlington, Canada
Bio: Hi, I'm Deborah Boland, style expert and  host of the popular online Fashion community Fabulous after 40. I help women 40, 50 and beyond Tweak their Chic and look Age-Amazing! Come visit me and pick up a copy of my special report: 5 Massive Fashion Mistakes that Make You Look Too Old, or Too Young, and How to Get it Just Right!

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How to Wear Winter Pastels

How to Wear Winter Pastels

Deep, dark hues and bold jewel tones are what we typically wear during the winter, but now powder blues, blush pinks, and washed greens are the latest colours to be added to the mix.  Here are six ways to wear these soft, chic shades.


1. Bundle Up In a Pastel Coat

Lighten up your outwear, but still keep warm with a fresh pastel winter coat. Pink and baby blue are the most popular. Relaxed, oversized cocoon coats look modern in a pretty pastel, or try a classic trench – or even a pastel leather jacket – if weather permits.

2. Mix Pastels with Neutrals

No need to toss your regular winter wardrobe to the curb. Simply incorporate pastels with your basic blacks, grays, and camels. Not only do these colour combinations result in a very sophisticated, fashion-forward look, but they make it easier for you to wrap your head around wearing “summer colours” in the dead of winter.

3. Try a Pastel on the Bottom

If the last time you were in the sun was this summer and you are feeling a bit pale, you may feel like you may not want to wear pastels out of fear that they will wash you out. This problem is easily avoided if you simply steer clear from pastel tops that put the light colour up close by your face. Instead, try some pastel-coloured pants, or a camisole layered under a cardigan or jacket.


4. Try Pastel Pumps

If you’re used to playing it safe or tend to wear all-black to the office, one of the simplest ways to liven up your ensemble and still look classy, is with a pair of pastel statement shoes. Look for pumps or stylized flats in mint green, cream, or light pink to enhance your outfit and stay in trend.

5. Accessorize

Pastel accessories are another good option if you are not ready to dive right in. Start slowly. Use neutral clothing as a base, then turn up any outfit a notch by adding a pastel scarf, some jewellery, or even a pastel nail polish. These accessories will give your outfit a little zing without having to commit to the trend head to toe.

6. Colour Block

Very light colours like pastels draw attention, so why not use colour blocking to lure the eye to where you want it. Use pastels to focus the spotlight on a particular part of your body by wearing them on, or close to, your best features. Minimize problem areas by wearing darker shades on trouble spots. This dynamic duo of colours works to camouflage and make you look stylish.

Don’t let the cold weather get you down. Add a spring to your step by livening up your closet with winter pastels.

[Image Credit: Fabulous After 40]

Want to learn more?  Then visit Fabulous After 40 and pick up a copy of my popular ebookColor Me Fabulous- the Colors You Need to Wear to Look Age-Amazing. You’ll learn the secret messages that colors communicate and how to wear your wow colors to look vibrant youthful and more energetic. 


Posted on February 9, 2016 in Elegance Atelier by Deborah Boland

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