Fash­ion up­front: Power to the pas­tel

Pas­tels were re­cently seen on the run­way at the BOSS SS19 show. Now’s the per­fect time to in­cor­po­rate them into your work wardrobe as the ul­ti­mate ex­pres­sion of soft power

Destiny - - Contents - BY Ntombenhle Shezi

Gone are the days of dark colours be­ing the ul­ti­mate mark­ers of power in the of­fice en­vi­ron­ment. Both fem­i­nine and peren­nial, pas­tels fea­ture promi­nently in how we’re think­ing about work­wear this sea­son. Here are a few rules to keep in mind when try­ing the trend:

Play with tex­tures and shapes

To avoid a look that may come off as too youth­ful, it’s im­por­tant to take the tex­ture (fab­ri­ca­tion) and shape of your gar­ments into con­sid­er­a­tion. Take your cue from BOSS’s re­cent run­way col­lec­tion, where light­weight vis­cose jack­ets, sheer shirts, leather dresses and satin col­lars gave the pas­tel theme a mod­ish and so­phis­ti­cated edge. Al­ways try to cre­ate clean lines and go for tai­lored shapes when dress­ing for the of­fice. Play with geo­met­ric pat­terns for a touch of fun and pair struc­tured jack­ets with soft lay­ers un­der­neath.

Top to bot­tom

Pas­tels can be worn by al­most any­one from head to toe – for in­stance, as seen at BOSS, you can cre­ate an en­tire out­fit us­ing blush pinks, sor­bet blues or soft greys. Sin­gle-toned pas­tel out­fits make for a classy look and al­low you to play around with ac­ces­sories. Sin­gle tones also give you more elab­o­rate de­sign el­e­ments, such as ruf­fles and em­broi­dery, with­out look­ing over-the-top.

Mix it up with neu­trals

Some­times wear­ing the wrong pas­tel com­bi­na­tion can make you ap­pear a lit­tle too ca­sual for the of­fice. If you aren’t brave enough to stick to one shade through­out your look, opt for neu­trals as your base. Com­ple­ment them with a leather jacket or a pair of on-trend block heels in neu­tral tones. Work with shades like bur­gundy, navy, black or white for a pol­ished look.

A is for ac­ces­sories

If you’re a com­plete be­gin­ner in this trend and aren’t ready to com­mit to a full look, start small with ac­ces­sories like a clutch or a pair of heels to make a state­ment. A full pas­tel look can be com­pleted with crisp white ac­ces­sories, like the san­dals and hand­bag com­bi­na­tions spot­ted on the BOSS run­way.

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