If pastels for spring sound about as novel as sweaters in winter, hear us out: A few simple styling tricks can make warm-weather hues like lemon yellow and lilac feel fresh as as daisy. Check out our three favorite ways to wear these cool colors–all of which were splashed all over the runway this season.
1. Just add neon. Think you’re so not a neon person? Trying it out in small doses–like a bold shirt paired with a pastel chambray short–will ease the intimidation factor.
2. Turn it up with tone-on-tone. The fail-safe way to mix pastels with other colors? Stick with the same family. Punctuate a lacy coral dress like this one with richer shades of red–or take robin’s egg blue up a notch with turquoise jewelry, and give peach a punch with orange accessories.
3. Layer on a preppy piece. A classic navy blazer will make the transition from winter to spring feel totally seamless. The subtle nod to menswear is also a genius way to tone down the saccharine factor of pastel skinnies (how cute is this pair from Ernest Sewn?).
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