It may still be a bit gloomy and drizzly outside, but it is Spring and the UK, so what else do you expect. And with the promise of brighter, warmer days where we can dare to bare our pale, sun-starved legs, it’s time to put those sombre dark winter hues away in a vac pack and exchange them for a different palette altogether.
Today we’re talking pastels, liberating shades of colour that aren’t just reserved for the train riding Michael Portillo’s of this world. So get onto these stylish tones and embrace the look of the season with our pick of the best pale pastels on the market.
1) Regular Fit Shirt with buttoned sleeve tabs in Sky Blue from Zara – £19.99
First stop for your summer wardrobe shopping should absolutely be at our continental cousin’s Zara. This sky blue cotton shirt will keep you cool in the summer months while looking so, and all for a far too reasonable price tag.
2) Cotton Corduroy Trouser in Light Beige from H&M – £39.99
Pale Pastel coloured cords I here you shout aghast as you slurp your morning coffee, yep it doesn’t get more on trend than these beauties from H&M that will have you standing out from the crowd while nonchalantly trying to ignore those admiring glances.
3) Albam Hooded Parka in Lavender Fog from Peggs & son – £169
This slimmed down take on the classic military jacket from top British label Albam is a quality piece of gear. We can’t say we’ve heard of the colour lavender fog before but it’s less scary and aromatic than you’d think. The perfect look for those impending festival frivolities.
4) Mauve Long Shorts from Topman – £28
Long shorts?! Cue flashback to 1995 when grown men wore shorts down to their shins, not a great look on reflection. Well fear not these are normal shorts, called long perhaps as a reaction to the recent trend for insanely tight everything on show shorts. And we all need a bit more mauve in our lives.
5) Pharrell Williams Tennis Hu Primeknit Shoes by Adidas – £99.95
Getting your hands on a pair of these Pharrell designed Adidas sneakers will be akin to getting your hands one of Apple’s latest offerings, but worth the queue.
These trendsetting trainers inspired by retro court and running styles are made with an ultralight Adidas Primeknit upper that fits the foot like a glove, or should that be sock?
6) Terry Towelling Resort Polo in Sorbet by Orlebar Brown – £95
This striking canary yellow number from Orlebar Brown is just the shock of colour you’ll need to summon the sun. It’s got a distinctive old-school feel with its terry towelling texture. This is a polo neck for the discerning Brit abroad. Pastel perfection.
7) Mint Green Bright Thin-Stripe Socks from Paul Smith – £17.00
Classic British design doesn’t get more classic and British than sartorial behemoth Paul Smith. And if you fancy treating yourself every now and again, you’ve got to get a pair of Paul Smith socks. These tick all the pastel coloured boxes as well.
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