Pastels – How to Wear Spring

February 3, 2014

I’ve complained before that I tend to wear too much dark or bright colours. When I was challenged to try the Fondant Pastels S/S14 trend by Most Wanted, the lifestyle magazine from the UK’s #1 voucher site, VoucherCodes.co.uk, I said yes, please.

I was given a budget of £80, to spend on the high street and get as many discounts as possible, using vouchers or shopping the sales. I then had to combine the acquired items with my already existing wardrobe and come up with a few looks, wearing the pastel trend my way. I managed quite a few key items as not only I found pieces that were already on sale but I also applied an extra 20% discount voucher at ASOS.

The first look I did was totally girly girl and perfect for the weekend. I had this adorable mint coloured mini cape in my closet for years. I bought it in Lisbon years ago but never got around to wearing it. Now I have other stuff to wear it with, as I never really wanted to pair ir with dark clothes.

Moz, always close to my heart.

Chunky Beret HatASOS (£5.00), Mint Mini Cape – H&M, Long Sleeve Pink Top – Primark, Morrissey Necklace – Spitalfields Market in London, Cambray SkirtAmerican Apparel via ASOS (£35), Tights – H&M, Pink Polkadot Shoes – Irregular Choice (via Ebay)

I thought I’d make another look with the skirt as it is a very versatile item – I suspect I’ll be living in it over the warmer months! This time I thought I’d add a splash of neon, which is an option if pastels are too bland for you.

Perfect outfit to go out touristing, so comfy!

Head Band – Gingham fabric from local fabric store, Cambray Skirt – American Apparel via ASOS (£35), Ribbed Crop Top – H&M (via Ebay), Long sleeve Top – Primark, Camera – Fuji Instax, Camera Bag – Ebay, Shoes – Springfield, Neon $ BeltRiver Island, via ASOS (£3.00)

This is the naughty secretary/ librarian look. The look of the kind of girl that looks very innocent in her saccharine coloured outfits and black rimmed glasses but it’s only just deceiving (I digress and no, I’m not talking about me).  The chain for the glasses will be a practical and welcome addition to my working apparel and more so if I really was a librarian.

A pair of coral flats tie the whole outfit together.

Just a little detail of the beautiful deer ring my friend Ohlalali gave me last year. It’s from Irregular Choice and I think about her when I wear it.

“Which documents should I be filing next?”

Oui/Non Glasses Chain ASOS (£2.50), Tights – Ebay, Pink Bow Playsuit ASOS (£18.00), Shirt – Thrifted in Florida (cost me a dollar or so), Coral FlatsTimeless via ASOS (£10.00)

The last look is an evening look. I don’t really do the shorter than short skirts and the towering high heels when I go out (I want to be able to walk back home haha) but I do the glitz.

 “It’s too cold outside, I want to stay here, wrapped up in my coat”

White Furry Coat – Ebay, Pink LurexDressMiss Selfridges (£22.00), Tights – H&M, Shoes – Springfield.

As you can see, you can spice up your wardrobe with the latest trends as there are loads of bargains to be found. Don’t forget to check vouchercodes.co.uk for extra discounts, as there are always new discounts and promotions being added.

PS: Post made in collaboration with vouchercodes.co.uk

PS 2: photos by Filipa. Thanks to Rebeca for helping out!

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  • Reply Lucy earnshaw February 3, 2014 at 09:45

    Just when I thought my obsession with pastels had reached its peak I saw this!! I need that mint cape in my life! And that camera….
    I heart it.

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:20

      Haha, the cape is fab. I’m glad that I can finally wear it!

  • Reply Kizzy @ The Dainty Dolls House February 3, 2014 at 09:49

    All of these are amazing doll….I would completely wear them all :))) Gorgeous tights, I will have to look on ebay, I find some of the best ones on there sometimes!! I think you nailed it with each look…well done!! So awesome & soon we’ll be belt buddies, haha 😉 Have a great week doll xx

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:23

      Thank you, I’m so glad you liked it!

  • Reply Cat February 3, 2014 at 11:15

    Adorei! Estás tão cute!! E esse colar Morrissey é qualquer coisa de delicioso 😉 Beijinhos ***

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:24

      Obrigada!!! Beijocas!

  • Reply Curtise February 3, 2014 at 13:38

    I struggle with pastels; I appreciate that they are soft and pretty, but they wash me out completely, and I feel too sweet and saccharine in those shades. You do look very pretty in them though, Sara, the shiny pink dress is lovely, and I love the playfulness of the naughty secretary look! You did a great job compiling the outfits, and you make up is gorgeous! Gotta say I miss your trademark bright funky style though… xxxx

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:27

      Thank you 🙂 I rarely wear such things as I gravitate towards black a little bit too much… but I was pleasantly surprised 🙂 xxx

  • Reply Tani February 3, 2014 at 17:35

    I love all of those outfits but my fave is the evening dress and the amazing furry coat!
    I rarely wear pastels and now i’m asking myself why?! You deffo rock pastels!
    Oh no you made me want to go shoping again… And i actually wanted to save money 🙁
    xx Tani

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:35

      I was definitely surprised myself as it is not my first choice at all – nothing like a little challenge to try new things on!

  • Reply Jo Woodcock February 3, 2014 at 18:18

    Love this post! You look amazing, I never wear pastels, might give it a go 🙂 x

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:38

      Thanks! Do try, it was a pleasant surprise for me!

  • Reply MIS PAPELICOS February 3, 2014 at 18:50

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww Sara, I love the bigger photos. I can see and delight in every single detail, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:38

      Thank you Sacramento!

  • Reply Coco February 3, 2014 at 19:50

    I am a sucker for pastels! The second look is simply perfect!!
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    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:39

      Thank you my lovely!

  • Reply Lady parisienne February 3, 2014 at 22:09

    I love these outfits and your universe you look so cute!

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:40

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Connie* February 4, 2014 at 02:39

    I’ve heard that pastels were acomin’ and I was rather concerned since they are not really my thing but you have got me changing my mind! Love the sexy secretary and heck yeah! Shoes you can actually walk in. These photos are so pretty. You look like a fluffy little Easter Bunny!!

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:42

      I think the trick is wearing it your way! Which is what I did. I didn’t feel like it was something I’d never wear because I adapted the trend to my style 🙂

  • Reply Vix February 4, 2014 at 15:42

    I’m not a pastel coloured chick at all, but I love them on you. That last outfit looks exactly like I used to dress to go clubbing in the 1990s! xxx

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:47

      Thank you! Now that you mention it, it could really well be a dress from the 90’s!!

  • Reply jocelina February 4, 2014 at 19:42

    WOW I didn’t even see your post but pastels are definitely on trend and they look gorgeous on you. Must say that the white fluffy coat with pink lurexdress are my favorite. They remind me of the chic seventies plus the whole look is gorgeous on you. The whole setting of your shoot fits pastels perfectly. It’s almost fairy tale like 😀

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:47

      Thank you my lovely!!! I’m so glad you like it!

  • Reply Señora Allnut February 4, 2014 at 20:50

    not a huge fan of pastels, but I’m loving your outfits and so cute makeup!, love your accessories and shoes too!!

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:53

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Hollie February 5, 2014 at 03:07

    I don’t really wear pastels but I do like to look at them! All of those outfits are amazing. I especially love the playing card symbols tights. WAY cute!

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:53

      Thanks hunni!!!

  • Reply Katie Waistell February 6, 2014 at 09:39

    Hi Sara, such an inspirational post, i’ll be digging out all my pastels and making up some new outfits later.
    I love the cape.

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:55

      Thank you! You’ll have to share them!!!

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