4 ways to wear a pastel skirt

By: Julia McEwen

Author: Canadian Living


4 ways to wear a pastel skirt

By: Julia McEwen
Looking to integrate pastel into your wardrobe but aren't sure where to start? Try a pastel skirt, but integrate items with a bit of edge: "The coolest—and, therefore, chicest—way to wear shades of pink is to pair them with black or grey basics," says Julia McEwen, Fashion & Beauty Director. "Try a grey tee, a black moto jacket or distressed jeans to give an edge to the dainty hue."

We started with this pink skirt:
Pastel skirt in pink

424 Fifth pleated skirt, $129,

Now try these four ways to wear it:

Pastel skirt with denim jacket

1. Petal pusher:
Accentuate the prettiness of this pleated pastel skirt by topping it with a blossom-embellished tee. For an edgy take, choose a floral with a black backdrop.

Jacket, $198, Sneakers, $60, T-shirt, $16, Cross-body bag, $85, Bracelet, $10,

Striped shirt with pastel skirt

2. Mix master
Strike a bold note by cleverly mixing stripes with a leopard print. We know it sounds strange, but they work beautifully together. Temper the duo with the soft pink skirt and a charming chapeau.

Striped top, $50, Leopard-print scarf, $14, Earrings, $55, Hat, $20, Shellys London oxfords, $130,

Work outfit with pastel skirt

3. Work it

Start with a button-down and a neutral overcoat. Then, pack on personality by swapping your usual black pants for this pastel skirt.

Anne Klein coat, $179, Earrings, $15, Skirt, $124, Handbag, $355, Booties, $169,

Pastel trench coat and floral pumps

4. Pretty polished
Balance the girlishness and colour of the skirt with a casual top such as a basic grey tee. Layer with a lightweight trench and floral pumps to give the ensemble harmony.

Jones New York trench coat, $249, Pumps, $120, T-shirt, $27, Sunglasses, $12,

Read more:
Four ways to wear a moto jacket
How to revitalize your spring wardrobe

This story was originally published in the April 2015 issue.

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