While wearing white after Labour Day may still be considered a sartorial slip among some, cold-weather pastels seem to have a pass. This season, several designers eschewed the muddy and moody tones traditionally trotted out for winter in favour of upbeat hues like pale pink, blue and lavender. Sure, these shades might seem more suitable for spring, but sometimes you need a dose of sweetness to counterbalance the deep, dark freeze of winter. Here’s how to add some cool flavour to your warm gear.
1. Pick your fabrications wisely. Pastels will only look right when the temperature drops if you opt for appropriately winter-friendly pieces. Look for wool suiting, cozy sweaters and layering separates in fine-gauge cashmere. Put those summer-weight cottons away for warmer days.
2. Take a cue from Missoni’s fall collection (above left) and commit to colour head-to-toe. Don’t be afraid to mix and match: These soft shades work best when worn together anyway – pairing them with black, navy or brown will look too stark
3. Make sure to keep any layering pieces and accessories that you add light. A black shoe or bag will glare against all that colour. Instead, go for greys to ground your outfit. They’ll feel as refreshing as you’ll look.