Lighten Up Your Wardrobe with Soft Pastels

Pastel gallery by Alexandra Phanor-Faury Spring always calls for pastel shades and now more than ever sorbet hues are taking over. Burberry and Chanel's spring collections were awash in subtle,pretty baby pink, light blue, lavender, pale yellow, seafoam green, white, and ivory. There's something for everyone here, so jump on the pastel bandwagon to freshen up your wardrobe.
ESSENCE.COM May, 18, 2010

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Oprah’s soft lilac and pink gown skirt gets a grown-up glam makeover with sequins.

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A touch of lilac adds beauty to rough cut crystals.

Omnatura, natural amethyst “Geode” ring, $160, available at

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Pair a pastel cardigan with a nude, gray or brown tank for maximum impact.

Talbots, boyfriend cardigan, $69.50, available at Talbots nationwide, or 1-800-TALBOTS. Club Monaco, “Marianna” city short, $59, available at

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Niecy Nash avoids looking too sweet in her light yellow wrap shirt by pairing it with a conservative pencil skirt and classy T-strap heels.

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Vanessa Williams flaunts her shapely arms in a cool pastel shift with cowl neck.

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A sherbet trench can lighten up any rainy spring day. Throw it over an all white ensemble for a jet set look.

Hot in Hollywood, cotton trench coat, and $79.99, available at

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The embellished beading on the sleeves of Mo’Nique’s dress is a special detail that turns a soft hue into a lust-worthy piece.

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Nude and dove gray pastel make an outstanding combination. This look is both sharp and soft. Perfect for those occasions when you want to look effortlessly put together.

Sanctuary, embellished chiffon top, $130, available at Talbots, reversible skinny belt, $39, available at Talbots nationwide or 1-800-TALBOTS. Worthington by JcPenney, grey dress pant, $24.99, available at JcPenney stores nationwide.

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Mary exudes confidence in a spearmint body-hugging dress with a trendy one-shoulder silhouette.

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The queen of the red carpet teams her sexy light pink halter dress with a girlie updo.

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Anika Noni Rose charming pale yellow dress works great with her white strappy sandals.

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Incorporating pastels into your existing wardrobe doesn’t have to be limited to your clothes. For those of you hesitant to try this trend, opt for soft colored accessories like this beautiful seafoam green beaded necklace.

FREEDOM for Topshop, Turquoise Stone Mesh Necklace, available at Topshop, NYC, 212-966-9555 or

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Head-to-toe pastel can be hard to pull off for a woman of a certain age. Young stylista Angela Simmons pulls it off with a playful pale pink dress and powder blue platforms.

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Perhaps the simplest and easiest pastel to rock is white.

Anoname, “Paris Skinny” jeans, $110, available at

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Zoe Saldana is light as a feather in a lilac gown.

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A light hue heightens the femininity of Tracee Ellis Ross’ structured frock.

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Beyonce is decked out in a fabulous baby blue dress and muted tone pumps.

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Ashanti is ultra-girlie in pink.


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