Tough Girl Pastels


Photo: Marcio Madeira

Who said pastels need to be sweet? Make ’em sticky instead by balancing soft draping with military accessories and killer heels, like what they did here at Burberry Prorsum.

Gap Linda Trench £78 from Asos Photo: asos.co.uk

A great classic, the trench is at once regal and androygnous. A soft neutral like this, or more girly pinks or blues will  make a great staple for a pastel wardrobe this season.

Topshop Stud Heart Sweat £32 Photo: topshop.co.uk

Great with grey skinnies or even leather leggings, this heart sweater has the edge of stud detail while the neutral tone keeps things soft.

Lipsy Grecian Drape Dress £65 from Asos Photo: asos.com

Sweetheart neckline and mix of soft and shiny fabrics make this grecian dress cute but interesting. Wind your belt into a tough cuff so’s not to spoil the drapes, and add heels for a fierce femme look.

River Island Leather Cross Body Bag £24.99. Photo: riverisland.co.uk

For less than 25 quid, you can work pastels in a modern minimalist look with a sharp skinny suit (or leggings and tux) and statement silver jewellery grace à this great satchel style bag – zips and the big stud detail keep things tough yet sophisticated. Thank the lord for cheap statement bags at River Island!

Warehouse Lace Fitted Dress £40. Photo: warehouse.co.uk

Lace gets the pastel treatment; like draping, it’s incredibly girly, yet has an extra, retro, 1980s edge. Wear with lots of gold chains for a soft, Madonna-inspired neutral pallette.

Bottega Veneta Jersey Harem Pants £230. Photo: net-a-porter.com

Soft draping for the masculine amonst us; pair with a natch blazer in cold greys or bold blue nauticals for a twisted summer sailor style.

Topshop Cut Out Skinny Belt £15. Photo: topshop.co.uk

Waist-cinching with pretty detail and in a delicate size; go for a bigger size the braver you feel.

Vivienne Westwood Ebury Small Patent Leather Purse £100. Photo: net-a-porter.com

Hello, little nugget of joy. This is a tought pastel gem you can wear every day, in secret, or stuff it with tissue and hang it round yer neck on a super chunky gold chain for a mega pendant that makes a witty statement on these penny-pinched times.

Office Shoes Best In Show Grey Snake Leather £75. Photo: office.co.uk

Nice neutral snakeskin blurs exotic, jungle explorer and military references. Pair with pretty pastels and khaki tones for a very 2010 spring look and, for those in colder climates, thick grey woolen tights will keep your pins cosy while your toes dream of far-flung shores.

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