The weather may be forcing us to bundle up in thermals but after the Spring 2015 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, the world is softly glowing in pastels.
According to Pantone, the color authorities, there are some beautiful shades to be seen in this spring season. The baby hues to wrap yourself in are aquamarine, custard, Toasted Almond, Glaciar Gray, Lucite Green and Strawberry Ice. Bright color fans, you aren’t left out, Pantone also suggests scuba blue, tangerine, classic blue, and of course, the 2015 color of the year, Marsala.
From the runway shows, the outstanding color choices from most designers are ballerina pink, mint green and baby blue. Those shades were seen in everything from billowing peasant blouses to maxi skirts and even outerwear pieces like swing and trench coats. The fashion trends are far from structured and include soft draped lines that give a relaxed sensibility.
So the question remains, how does the average woman incorporate these trends into her everyday attire without losing her own style?
Well that is what the 2015 spring report is; a trend. You never want to lose who you are while you dabble in the latest and greatest pool. I will give you an example. I am a red- headed (thank you, L’oreal), green-eyed diva. I will never wear anything that is pastel as a main clothing item. I will, however, indulge in a pink pashmina, a baby blue vest and carry a white handbag. But, that lovely pink swing coat, I think not. I will leave that for the other lovelies in the universe.
So take a look at your comfort level. Do you want to dabble and stick your nail in the latest baby blue polish or just jump right in to the maxi dress in soft mint julep chiffon? If you’d like to dabble, may I suggest the former and find some beautiful shades of pastels from green to blue to traditional pale pink. No need to look for high end polishes either. Stroll your local drugstore and everything you need is on the shelf. Scarves are another way to try out the trend. Adding a pale pink scarf to a dark denim jacket or black moto jacket is a nice way to soften the hard edge the jacket suggests.
Taking it one step further is the handbag, as you’ll carry this for a while. Recently, a home shopping network was selling a gorgeous leather and suede satchel bag in baby blue, pale pink, mint and white. I am currently carrying the white satchel and can I tell you, I am in love. The next step into the fashion pool would be some clothing items.
Find a pink maxi dress or baby blue skirt and pair it with a crisp white tee or tank in a darker blue. If you want pastels next to your face and want more of an investment piece, I have seen pastel moto jackets, continuing the moto jacket trend from the fall/winter season. You can always pair the moto with some dark denim or faux leather pants and look absolutely stunning morning or night.
Finally, if you want to go head first into the pale trend and embrace the delicacy, the outerwear pieces have been stunning, especially for the springtime holidays. Imagine showing up to a gathering with a gray maxi dress, black cutout wedges and a mint green swing coat. Pair with a white satchel and white eternity scarf, and you will have hit the mark with comfort and ease.
Denise Bennett, a resident of the Capital District, maintains a fashion blog on Perfect20.co. She will provide more of such fashion insight in future editions of Spotlight on Living.