8 Tips for Wearing Pastels Without Looking Like a Little Girl

When Easter rolls around every year, pastels and florals fill the stores, and although I definitely love both pastel colors and floral patterns, I’m always a little hesitant to wear them because I feel like I’ll look like a little girl. But it turns out that with a few easy styling tricks, you can wear those pastels and look sophisticated, mature, trendy, or even sexy. Really, they can be for everyone!

Click through for 6 outfits and 8 tips to style your pastels for spring and Easter!

  • 6 Ways to Wear Pastels 1 of 7

    Click through for 6 ways to wear pastels without looking like a little girl!

  • Rich and Edgy 2 of 7

    Tip #1. Try pairing your pastels with rich, dark hues, like this burgundy pencil skirt. 

    Tip #2. To offset the light, juvenile nature of some pastels, pair it with edgy pieces, like leather or leopard. 

    Find the mint sweater at Target for $15!

    Find similar leopard heels at Dillards for $79.

    Find a similar leather skirt at G by Guess for $30

  • Bold and Daring 3 of 7

    Tip #3. Try pairing those pastels with bold, graphic prints. 

    Tip #4. Throw on a daring pair of heels that will give your pastels a bit of unexpected boldness. 

    Dress worn as a top from Lulu*s for $49.

    Find the skirt at for $130.

    Find the boots at Urban Outfitters for $140.

  • Crisp and Clean 4 of 7

    Tip #5. Make your outfit crisp and clean by adding bright white pieces paired with your pastels!

    Find the top at White Plum for $30.

    Find similar jeans at Old Navy for $19.

    Find the heels at Lulu*s for $27.

  • Classic 5 of 7

    Tip #6: If you're nervous about looking like a little girl, try pastel pieces in classic shapes, like this classic feminine A-line skirt. Or, if your pastel pieces are not a classic shape, pair them with other classic pieces, like pointy black heels or a simple striped top. 

    Find a similar top at Forever 21 for $10.80.

    Find the skirt at for $130.

  • Color Variations 6 of 7

    Tip #7. If you're worried about pastel colors looking too childish, try slight variations on the colors, like blush instead of baby pink or cornflower blue instead of baby blue. 

    Find a similar blouse at Asos for $27.

    Find a similar skirt on sale at JCPenney for $20.

  • Neon 7 of 7

    Tip #8. A great way to offset the sweetness of pastels is to add some neon! It creates an interesting contrast and adds some brightness and boldness! 

    Find the top at Forever 21 for $10.

    Find the skirt at for $130.

Find more of Merrick’s style and writing at Merrick’s Art

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