Pretty in Pastel

Thursday, May 17, 2012 | Pur Teen, Things We Love, Tips & How-Tos, 2012 spring fashion, beach style, color blocking, colorblock, pastel trend, summer trends

Willow&ClayMisty mauves, powdery pinks and sheer sea foams—pastels are everywhere this season. Whether on blazers, blouses and dresses, these creamy, candy colors are an easy way to lighten up your spring-to-summer look. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite outfits and accessories.

Rock the Block
What we love about this dress from Willow & Clay is how it combines two of this season’s hottest trends: playful pastels and crisp color blocking. The light mint hue is perfect for spring, while the strappy chartreuse accents are pure summer fun. Pair it with a chunky wedge (seen here) or sandals for a bright and breezy look that’s all too cool. Willow & Clay Colorblock Asymmetrical Hem Dress $108 at

Tropical Touch
Cascade_coolColor connoisseurs will love the latest lacquer collection from perennial nail-blazer Essie. With clever names like Bikini So Teeny and Mojito Madness, you know summer’s just around the corner. We like Cascade Cool’s powder pink finish because it’s fun, fresh and incredibly wearable. Their creamy orange Fear or Desire takes this year’s breakout color—Tangerine Tango—to a hot new level. $8 at

KateSpadeBagTote Up
Whether you’re taking it to the beach or to the office, reach for a bag that captures this season’s carefree attitude. We’re big fans of Kate Spade’s latest collection of clutches and handbags, which includes this nautical-inspired nylon and leather number. Equally chic and cheery, it’s the perfect combination of resort style and boardwalk fun. Barrow Street Bon Shopper $248 at