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
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.