Pastello, Goodbye Neon

Leandra Medine | January 4, 2012

Sometimes I really question the functionality of my judgement, enter a title that starts Pastello, hello. It should have just been “On Embracing the Easter Bunny as a Style Icon” or something of that variety. Re: the former half, just kidding, you don’t have to say goodbye to neon; that was written for dramatic effect and so that “pastello” would be given some context. Ultimately, it was a sad attempt to manipulate and combine the words pastel and hello. So anyway, don’t say bye to neon. Do however, make room for a few new hues reminiscent of those pesky colored eggs, as we collectively salute a minute migration from brighter colors–most notably known to blind our counterparts–to muted one.

photo via Fashion Squad, 3.1 Philip Lim’s S/S 12 runway
One collection’s forecast isn’t typically reason enough to jump on a trend but if you can think as far back as my S/S 2012 round-ups, you will remember I’d paid tribute to the introductory Easter wear at Acne, Louis Vuitton, Christopher Kane and personal favorite Mulberry. The above image is the only photographic portrayal here because the photoshop work is fly and when I try to crop models they end up losing limbs. I know, it doesn’t sound so bad, but it’s ugly. I may be projecting, who knows. Hey look, on the same runway, just a few struts later, the most divine unapologetically 1985-chic super light wash denim vest made its debut.
This vest had me thinking: I’ve likely taken interest in pastel coloring because of personal adoration for almost white blue jeans. How better to compliment your baby blue denim than with a few pastellos? Groundbreaking, really. Let me try to remedy that with a jolt of real(ish) life. Today on “if the internets were my closets,” a selection of pastel offerings to kick start the trend right now. Because thirty degree temperatures don’t have to mean black and grey, grey and black. Unless you’re going for a monochrome-with-my-soul winter vibe. Can’t stand in the way of that.
From left: A J Brand light wash denim jacket will work perfectly layered over a mint green knit, this one’s by Acne, which will replicate that sentiment over a sweet touch of pale pink Equipment. Try a pair of ivory skinny-loose pants. I know that sounds unusual but I also know you get me. Skinny legs, loose crotch, collective win. The ones shown are by The Row and while on heavy sale on Net-a-Porter still cost a whopping $500. Try your luck at Zara. Tuck your ivory pants into white Chucks, add a tote that says mellow yellow but means crazy bitch and adorn your wrist in DANNIJO’s signature sting ray cuffs. No pastel arm party is complete with pastel nail polish so inhale some toxins and paint, paint, paint. Days like yesterday and collages like this make me wish I lived in LA. What? I end with this: so, how does thee like my new site-look? I was going for full face-life but settled on a few botox injections. For now.
  • Trips & Treasures

    This is perfect for spring, neon for summer
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Lydia

    Those Philip Lim pieces are amazing– I love how loose and comfy they look. And I'm coveting the mint sweater from the bottom smattering of pics. And I like the new interface!! The font of your post title is really pretty!

  • modelovers

    Love the Pastell Colour!!! Great Pics!


  • S

    First of all the new blog design is rad! And about pastel colours, i must say i was happier last season with all the shocking neon tones but i'll embrace this trend too and i think i'll en up loving it too.


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  • GiGi Reed

    These Pastels are stunning! I love the light, yummy looking hues. Can't wait to incorporate this into my wardrobe! :)

  • onbeauty

    i am not sure if i am completelz into pastelles! i kind of like mixing it otherwise u get pale and boring this is the biggest problem of comparing both… neon makes u happz and shinny… pastels.. let u pastelle.
    i really like this new trend though used in homeopatic doses… i am much more into neon.. or color blocking graphics..
    love this blog!

  • Leigh

    I need some Converse in my life. I'm wary about the pastels, but I like how these aren't super pale – more like neon pastels.

  • Genie

    These pastels are right up my ally, I'm totally going to find a cable knit sweater like the light green one.


  • Grandeur Manifesto

    I could never really love the neon!

  • k come karolina


    xoxo from rome

  • Asia

    I really like that look you pulled together with the pastels. I am also loving the blog botox injections. I kinda was confused when I logged on yesterday if it wasn't for that banner!

  • anna

    your new site-look is cool! and let me tell you that I'm really into pastels right now…

  • Anna

    yay to pastels and converse!

    really liking the new look of the site. just feel like you could rework the banner? the 2 different fonts don't really do it for me.. the rest look super professional and cleaned up though. yum!

  • CecyM

    Maybe the green sweater is not too bad, not very neon lover but totally hate pastel(hello) definetly the yellow bag is a yes

  • Dominika

    these are such nice shades of pastel colours!
    LOVE them!

    Fashion Philosophy

  • Donna

    I love pastels, unfortunately they look terrible with my skin tone. Can't have it all right?

    Love the look of blog by the way :)

  • jenaly enns

    I love pastels!!! I want all of those things. so yummy. and also like the new look!!!

  • The Fancy Teacup

    Pretty stoked about the invasion of pastels this coming spring. And loving the new look of your site layout! Very refreshingly chic. x

  • nataliya

    definitely feeling the pastels!


  • currently craving

    Really loved this post, pastels are more my thing than neons. But more importantly, I really really love your new layout. Lovely blog makeover it is indeed! :)


    I love that Acne sweater. I want it now!


    nothing like a bit of botox. and white chucks ofcourse .

  • devil’s in the detail.

    love this post, and love the new layout

  • B.

    Colour blocking was great last year. I loved, that many people had the courage to show colours! Now the pastell colours make it even more possible, because it is not that much eye catching but fits perfectly into spring and summer. I'm really looking forward to these seasons!

    Love, B.

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  • Collections

    Love the new site. Looking good looking good.


  • Alexandra

    I'm so obsessed with Phillip Lim's spring collection. And I'm getting excited about pastels for the first time in years (though I will be holding onto neon as well). Thanks for the additional indpiration!!!

  • the marant philes

    Really like the new layout!


  • Lynsey Michelle

    Love the new look. Would be interested in seeing pastels with neon…sounds muy repelling to me.


  • Closet Cravings

    I've been drooling over several pastel temptations lately. That Acne sweater has been on the top of my crave list. =)
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  • Britt+Whit

    ooh I love the colors for Spring so excited! I cant wait to rock some canary yellow! ya digg??

    love from San Francisco,

  • Dani

    I love 3.1 phillip lim. His tailoring is impeccable and the proportions are amazing, this creamsicle delight pallet is bomb.



    Pastels are so refreshing to me to be so boring. people have been soooo NEON these last four years that it's nice to give my eyes a rest before I have an Epileptic seizure.

  • Mary

    Amazing pieces!i love pastels in colour)


    I've always been more of a pastel person, so I guess it has been more of embracing neon for me, now I just have to keep wearing pastels!

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  • Girlie Blogger

    Looks awfully sping-y, and that's a good thing :O)

  • Cristina

    I'm not sure how I feel about pastel. It reminds me of 7th grade and frosted lip color palettes. I think the only way I'm going to embrace wearing a pastel is if I combine it with some neon or a super bold colored denim. Although, I do like the combination of futuristic jetson's style cut clothing in pastel. There's something so wrong about it that it must be right!

  • Zoey H

    I like pastels. Not all the time, but far more often than neons..Also, totes just realized the layout is new. I like!

  • Molliee

    love the new site look! I am excited for pastels… so fresh after the shock of neon

  • Pip

    Love this post! My best friend is trying to tell me that I would look great in pastel green skinnies this spring, and I am so not sure about it, but this may inspire me to try a pastel look!

    xx Pip

  • La Petite Olga

    Love pastells just can't wait for spring to come…

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Emily

    Pastels are awesome! Look so forward to SS12 hitting the shops…
    xx Emily

  • Feelgoodlookcute

    Nice colors. I really prefer pastels rather than block or neon.

  • pelin

    Wow, I love your new interface Leandra! What is your blog host? Blogspot doesn't meet my needs :(

  • inaworldofbees

    I love it! perfection! I wish I could do a face lift to my blog to.

  • thebackofthewardrobe

    Dude, everything you write cracks me up, this is so my favorite blog. Plus, loving the super-repellent advent of the belted stonewash denim vest.

  • Anonymous

    Love the new site, but I miss the "Let's Socialize Baby" "Shoppy Shop" and "Pressing Press" LOVEE YOUR BLOG! You da best.

  • Sheyla

    Loving the new look of the site and the pastello outfit. Everything works!

    Take care :)

  • Ría

    I am so happy with these colors for spring!

  • Audrey (hkittygirl)

    Haha I love how you make simple dream outfits into something witty and hilarious. I really want that Acne sweater right now. :3

  • WearAbouts

    Love the new layout of your blog! You are hilarious Leandra <3

  • Hannah

    You're new layout is great…I love that Acne sweater!

  • Anonymous

    I think I'll miss the san serif-ness of plain ol' Arial for the body text of your posts (more readable, and thin is always in, fonts-wise), but other than that I think the botox job was done right.

  • Dimples

    love these pastels all the perfect hues, can't wait to try out a few in my wardrobe. I def need a pair of crisp white chucks, low top is better for me I kind of hate how they look on me in the high top.

    Broke Fatshion

  • Anna

    ohh, I can't wait for spring! This collage looks amazing! Love it!

  • Audrey

    I love this colors!


  • Anna Sofia with Leaves you wanting more

    No neonello, only Pastello!

    Your message and greetings has reached Stockolm!


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    Love the pastel colors!



  • Chrissy

    Loving Pastels! New site looks awesome! It is refreshed, updated and still perfectly you.

  • The life after

    Neon can still be very cool!! Pastello is much more chic and classy! Perfect for Spring!

    The Life After

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  • M-J Obsessions

    Can't wait for all the pastel in the spring!!

  • Gonzalo

    Muy buen Blog, te recomiendo que uses es un sitio web para rentabilizar tu pagina web, vas a tener mejor posicionamiento, mayor numero de visitas y lo mas importante, vas a empezar a ganar dinero… Yo lo estoy usando hace unos meses y ya tuve mi primer pago :D… Saludos !

  • Mery

    nice list….

  • Anonymous

    Thank God, because I just finished stockpiling an airplane hanger full of lime green clothing.


    Pastels make me want to dance around in excitement for Spring. Not because the weather has been all that bad but it means the end of potentially waking up to a freak snowstorm overnight…for a few months at least.


  • Jani

    Love love love! Not sad to see Neon take a back seat for a while :)


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  • Taylor

    I need more pastels in my life, they are too much fun!

  • Rizzi

    I love neon, but pastels is definitely my favorite if I had to choose between the two. Thank God pastels are coming back again!!!!


  • Dana

    This makes me want Spring/Summer RIGHT NOW! Screw winter…

  • LRB

    A possible Pastel moment makes me nervous. I've always been a neon girl.

  • Francesca