Over Easter weekend, Jessica Alba supplied us with not one, but two fabulous looks to mimic all Spring. First, while grabbing lunch with her family in West Hollywood, she punched up her white Sanctuary jacket with a pair of bright green pants, then added an on-trend pair of mirrored sunglasses and equally eye-catching metallic flats. For Easter Sunday, Alba ditched the brights for a pastel ensemble. She colorblocked a coral blazer with pistachio-green trousers, then added a ruffled white blouse, a white tote bag, and nude pumps. Whether you prefer bright hues or you're looking to get in on Spring's pastel trend, we have all the Jessica Alba-approved styling fodder below — just shop our editors' picks to channel Jessica's latest (times two!). Then be sure to catch all of Alba's latest street style snaps for more fashion fun.
Pastels are clearly having a moment on the runways — thanks to designers like Rebecca Taylor, Rodarte, and Karen Walker — so needless to say, we're fully embracing our girlie side this Spring. With Easter just a few weeks away, we can't think of a reason not to jump-start the candy-colored season with a soft lemon shift, pretty lilac top, or baby blue dress. Tip: since pastel hues tend to have a powdery finish to them, make sure to choose a color that complements your skin tone. Blue and lilac are flattering on most skin tones, while yellow and coral hues tend to be a little trickier. If you're still a little nervous about trying out the trend, try injecting small pops of it via shoes, jewelry, and handbags before you dive headfirst into the trend. We promise there's something to suit everyone inside — click through to see and shop our top 17 pretty pastel picks now.
Pastels are no longer just for Spring. New York Fashion Week ushered in a neutral palette, but Parisian designers took a lighter approach, updating their Fall/ Winter runways with pastel hues. Everything was coated in light candy colors — oversize outerwear, dresses, and even sunglasses! We've also noticed an overarching school-girl theme. Think chic plaid getups, button-ups, and knee-highs. Watch on to hear the rest of our report from the City of Light! On Allison McNamara: Sea dress, Luv Aj necklace and ring.
It's time to let colors blossom. Pastels are popping up everywhere, making these colorful clothes and accessories from Target perfect for adding to your wardrobe. From allover color to small accents, you can easily mix and match these pretty-as-a-petal pastels to create just the right Spring look:
- Nice neutral: We can't get enough of the fun pairings these pastels offer. Make a fresh statement by wearing a bright pastel with a neutral piece, such as white skinny jeans or a cream sheer skirt.
- Pop of color: Simply adding a fresh peach pastel scarf to your Spring outfit puts you right on trend. Loosely wrap around your neck, use as a headband, or twist and cinch around your waist as a belt.
- Accessorize: With sweet seafoam watches and smart envelope clutches, we've got a soft spot for the cute accessories included in this collection that add just enough pastel to any outfit without being overwhelming.
- Signature look: Stick with your style by selecting an article of pastel clothing that blossoms with your existing wardrobe. You'll bloom while wearing a pastel yellow jacket or layering over a violet dress.
Jaime King channeled her inner Lemon Breeland (her Hart of Dixie character) in a pastel-tinged Peter Som ensemble at a Rembrandt beauty event in Hollywood last night. She started off with a baby-blue bustier, which she tucked into a tweed pencil skirt, for a simultaneously sweet yet flirty pairing. She then added a light peach collarless coat, bow kitten heels, and a black bag. In the jewelry department, Jaime went with these Graziela rose pizza earrings ($3,900), this Melinda Maria pyramid bangle ($98), and a matching pyramid ring. Shop our editors' picks to mimic Jaime's perfect pastel style now.
Fashion is having a pastel moment right now — everything from dresses to shoes to sunglasses have been dipped in these softer shades for Spring. Runways including Louis Vuitton, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Vera Wang debuted lighter looks for this season, and style setters like Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba, and Kirsten Dunst have already tested out the trend. Accordingly, we headed over to Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills and styled up some Spring-perfect outfits using a pastel palette. From a breezy daytime look to a sequined minidress, watch to see how you can wear pastels from day to night. On Allison McNamara: Proenza Schouler dress.
Pastel shades are at the top of our must-haves list this Summer, so we love how Selena Gomez styled up a soft shade of blue for a night out. She selected a pastel, pleated Versace dress from Spring 2012 for the Alliance For Children's Rights third annual Right to Laugh event, pairing it with pointed-toe nude pumps that lengthen her stems. Watch today's Fab Flash to hear more about her ultrachic ensemble. On Allison McNamara: StyleMint top, House of Harlow 1960 necklace, and Zara skirt.
We never imagined that pastels could feel so chic, but since we spotted the pretty tones on Spring runways at Phillip Lim, Jenni Kayne, and Louis Vuitton we've banished all thoughts of our childhood Easter Sunday attire. Instead, the soft hues are feeling much more fashion-friendly — especially when you consider the latest looks from our favorite style setters. In gorgeous mint greens, pale blues, and muted pinks, the fashion crowd is quickly making a case to embrace the fresh hues on, well, practically anything. Want to see what a pastel-styled week might look like? It looks pretty sweet — just click through to see how celebs from Jessica Alba to Poppy Delevingne are outfitting the trend. Then shop our editors' picks to find your own perfect pastel pieces.
The Spring runways proved that pastel hues aren't just for Easter egg hunts and tea time anymore. Whether it's lavender, candy pink, or mint green, we can't get enough of all the chic options currently sprouting up in stores. To prove that point, we styled up five amazing outfits, ranging from work appropriate looks to a romantic date night ensemble, for you to try out. First up, we're highlighting a casual-cool look by pairing a refreshing mint green cable-knit with printed skinnies and svelte high-heel sandals. The results? An effortless downtown Parisian girl aesthetic, kicked up a notch thanks to the boho-inspired tassel belt. Just click the slideshow to see four more fun pastel looks to try out now.
Pastel shades are quintessential of Spring, but many of us might prefer them on our Easter eggs rather than our furniture or walls. Before you dismiss the idea of incorporating these hues into your decor, consider the new approach to decorating with pastels. It involves a more minimalist approach to decorating that feels anything but cold. So, instead of designating them to nurseries, check out this gallery to see how surprisingly sophisticated pastel palettes can be.