powder puff girl

Whenever pastels are on the fashion horizon, like now, I’m one part fascinated by their preciousness and three parts terrified of looking like an Easter egg. 
 While I love light neutrals and blush tones, there’s something so powdery, prim, and Jordan Almond-y about true pastels. I think: cupcakes and babies and Palm Beach. I think: good God, my skin will look grey! If you have similar concerns, here are a few ways to wear the trend without looking frou-frou or washed out.

The Pastel Spectrum
The first step is to determine where you fall on the pastel-flatter spectrum. If you have a fair complexion with pink undertones, then pastels are your friend. Very deep or dark brown skin tones also look fantastic in light colors. Those in between, with medium skin and olive or golden undertones, have to be a little smarter about how we wear our pastels; otherwise we risk looking ashy. A good rule of thumb is if anything makes you look corpse-y, just say no. Conversely, wear more concealer and blush to even out your skin tone and minimizes sallowness.



Floral motifs are one of those patterns that, though their appeal may wane from time to time, never really go away. Across cultures, across seasons, flowers are that quintessential feminine print found in saris, kimonos, embroidered peasant tops, you name it. This spring, incorporate florals into your everyday wardrobe in a way that’s utterly 2012.