Lesson in Layering: Pastels

by Leandra Medine
March 12, 2012
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While I sat the other night remembering how nice White-Out smells and inexplicably painting it on my legs, I got to thinking about pastels.This trend will no doubt hold as high regard as neon did last summer which is to say by this time next year, you will want to exude oral bile at the mere thought of it. In the mean time though, we’re not a team to pass on trends. Quite the contrary and so here below, enjoy a short tutorial that delves into the small world of Easter dressing and makes it a little mo’fun, mo’fun, mo’fun. Let me disclaim this guy with a small note that will feed into your confusion about the nature of my face. I don’t know why it looks like I’ve just spent three months perpetually plopped at the tip of a mountain wearing ski goggles but that’s the truth of it. Maybe it’s my makeup, though I’m not wearing any or maybe, just maybe, it’s the fact that when push comes to shove, whatever expert repelling you’ve deemed expert is actually just my face doing what it does. That said, do try to keep your focus on that which manifests below it.

A.L.C tank, Aritzia pants. And if you’re still reading: step one. The photo doesn’t do them justice but these are some grade A silk crepe mint-green cropped drawstring pants. They harvest the fupa, grow the ass and promise an overall good time if you’re into tapioca pudding. Pair them with a white t-shirt to keep it clean now, offer extensive room for a dose of crazy later.
Madewell denim shirt. Now look into the trenches of your closet and dig out the lightest shade of denim you have, meant to wear over your shoulders. Put it on. Leave it unbuttoned if you have that sort of control. Rip it open if you don’t. Kidding. Lol, JK. Enjoy this moment: you have a tail, and a thick one at that.

Acnejacket. Now, staying true to color palette, it’s time for another layer, this time you’ll want to add a little something-something to the shirt you’re wearing. A vest would likely render most appropriate in this sort of situation–remember, we are layering for spring–it just occurred to me I never made reference to the fact we may be layering for spring so nix the remember portion of that last sentiment and just look. I don’t have a pastel vest, or even one light colored so I went with the blue leather jacket of our collective dreams. It adds a little edge to the Easter mood anyway.

Chanel shoes. And then there were the shoes. Sure I could have opted for these little fellows to stay more consistent on the pastel front but in matters of the layering game, it’s important to bare in mind the way in which the final outcome will read. Open toe booties just seemed to hit the pant in a more flattering to the female eye proportion. And finally, here’s the obvious last hoorah.

Wink skirt, Alexander Wang purse. A peplum! Eureka. Isn’t there just something so magical about a peplum when you’ve created it compared to say, one manufactured for you and delivered to you from a place that…doesn’t even know you. And there’s my Aloe Marion. It wasn’t always grey, you see. That’s an advance that last summer helped fabricate.

Look at it swing, look at it swing. Okay now, that’s it, the end. All photos by Naomi Shon
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  • http://www.modelovers.com modelovers

    Oh I want the leather jacket! Great combination!

    Tanja

    http://www.modelovers.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12463023121697072678 TINACIOUS ME

    love the way you layer!
    xo, Tina
    http://WWW.TINACIOUS.ME

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06237339378013084155 Michelle of Chellbellz

    Girl your pictures are so funny, more bloggers need to have fun with pictures!

  • http://www.injackiesshoes.blogspot.com Alexandra

    I'm loving pastels right now. It's a nice contrast to all the neon I still love, and it seems really unique still to combine a bunch of non-matchy pastels. I love the way you layer. It's an inspiration!! Swing on!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12375809856667284996 TheGuayabaProject

    I'm glad you are feeling inspired again! This layering tutorial is repelling at it's best! Love your shoes :)

  • http://uberfett.com Sam

    Haha this is so cool! Love it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07754771070155843910 WearAbouts

    you layer like a bEAST. no lie. <3
    Rory

    http://www.WearAboutsBlog.com
    Follow me on CHICTOPIA

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15992012518203792325 Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..
  • http://justlikesushi.creatorsofdesire.com Joy. | justlikesushi.com

    So great! Need to try it too! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12186901125870069099 Sharon
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02174013063564755743 patricia

    I LIKE YOUR LOOK BUT PASTEL IS NOT FOR ME.

    http://coolontheblock.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13723010199888875822 S.

    love love your layering!! :)
    S.
    A COZY BOX

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09355135040282153827 The Fashion Estate

    Haha, laughing out loud because of the last picture. Love the leather jacket!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00273517365832446003 Melissa

    there is no end to your awesomeness

    La Vie à Mon Avis

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05682441535159256869 Emma y Flor

    Love everything about the looks! super cool boots. xo from Buenos Aires :)
    http://giamportones.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12948045329625850714 Living Mannequin

    Loveeeeeeeee that jacket!

    -Living Mannequin

    http://www.livingmannequin.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05695254903533992167 Donna

    Gorgeous outfit, those shoes are crazy!

    http://borrowedwardrobe.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00076142953049556670 Reptilia

    Love how you make your looks!!

    Love it. That jacket is too cool

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14194815440194123998 CupcakesOMG!

    dude, i love this look!!! i just wish i didn't sweat like a construction worker under so many damn layers and could wear it too.

    CupcakesOMG!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13062072976754211228 Viv

    i adore these layering posts.. it's great to see how many layers you have one.. yet the end result is always super put together and perfect!

    myblissisthisway.blogspot.com

  • http://www.tone.femelle.no Tone

    I love this!! And you're so funny:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13524625356908307802 Highland Fashionista

    Those SHOES. Screw pastels. Those shoes are the business! Ya gotta love Uncle Karl.

  • Pernille Mo

    oh my god, you look awesome! i freakin love you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10418547238996143646 YoUngLiNgToN

    I like the sweetness of the outfits ! Strangely, it is sunny here in Paris and you would be in a complete adequacy with the weather here : clear, no clouds, blue

    http://www.younglington.wordpress.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06933090666730700519 Closeted Dreamer

    I was apprehensive about layering pastels but I love your outfit !

    http://www.closeteddreamer.com

  • http://www.sandronyc.com Sandro

    love your outfit!

    http://www.sandronyc.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08183264742847072968 Marilyn

    Wow this is so inspiring! I love the white!

    http://marilynmade.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04647292176495586912 Audrey

    love this look !!! you're so funny ;)

    http://unefillelamodedesaddictions.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625802959152606446 anna

    I'm craving this Acne number since the first time I saw it… why life is so unfair? hehe
    ps: I wouldn't notice about your face color if you hadn't said anything about it!!!

    http://brandnewbyanna.blogspot.com

  • http://aurelieandangelo.com/ Aurélie and Angelo

    Great look! Lovely light colours! In love with that Acne Rita jacket :-)

    http://aurelieandangelo.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    The layering is genius. You look fantastic in pastels.

    http://www.TheFancyTeacup.com

  • http://studygre.org Lisa F

    Ooooooh, them shoes are killer, girl! You sure they're legal? LOL!

  • http://jadoreblog.dk/ Jadore blog

    Amazing outfit :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17658740571437279968 Kaisa

    Oh these shoes look like they are "lined by rather curly pubic hairs". Haha. Love your style and personality!!

    http://misskaisa.blogspot.com

  • http://indecisemarise.wordpress.com maryse

    J'aime beaucoup !! la veste et les chaussures sont magnifiques <3

  • http://manupstyle.com Jamie Gillingham

    I wrote about pastels just yesterday. Ya look great! Spring is hurr.

  • http://simplyclassyme.blogspot.com Inés

    Oh! You are really good!! LOL

    Hope you’re having a great start to the week

    Big hugs!
    Inés

    SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00895152914452877928 Ms.Fashionista

    Love how you took those couple of pieces and made such a fab outfit. You are SO funny btw!

    ENTER MY NEW FREE PEOPLE GIVEAWAY ALSO.

    http://www.alifeinthefashionlane.blogspot.com

    xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01020040084950953348 SAZI’STOPSECRET

    am a sucker for those shoes

    http://www.sazistopsecret.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00658307537388232224 Natali

    I love your layers and your style!! Great outfit!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04021282310914900778 Belinda

    This is perfect! So pastel but also so you! The shoes are wonderful!

    http://belindaslock.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08884059388253684523 Estherina

    No one does layering as well as you!

    Step into Estherina's World

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17796462385727661725 Eliza

    That jacket is adorable! Love the color palette!

    http://21problems.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01406688056052163694 Mary

    GOSH YOUR SHOES !!!!!!

    MUCH LOVE FROM ITALY
    Maria Onorio
    http://www.thelastillusion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 TripsTreasures

    Love love that jacket and the shoes !

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.net
    new outfit post

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625395273907490807 Gypsy_Riot

    ugh my favorite jacket ever!! so lovely thanks for posting<3

    http://www.gypsyriot.com

  • http://anorexicescapades.com BougieHippie

    Now this is good not too much but still you..Just not sure about the shoe but hey thats about of your charm.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00482130274737148909 Bruna

    Fantástica la cazadora, nos encanta el color!!!
    http://tiendabruna.blogspot.com
    http://www.tiendabruna.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva

    loving the end result, pretty awesome and your photos are aways great fun

    http://www.vasilievablog.com/
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08107223367018940482 Gabrielle

    Cool.. Love the shoes!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11701982951282476485 diana kang

    lol i love this! xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10071621676433636438 Rossana

    I love your blog!
    Kisses
    Marni H&M; Giveaway

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15352458274492211995 Andrea

    Love that jacket! The colour is so special and fits so beautifully

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288432619173575521 Creativity&Chocolate
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07013236322969861558 Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    This is a really great outfit. Pastels are sometimes hard to make edgy, I always look like a 12 year old.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00980670863346611503 Meganne

    Totally helpful, I cannot pull off pastels it seems though, because I either look like I'm off to sunday school or like I somehow blend into the background. You are doing anything but blending in though, so congrats.
    Material Fixations

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00922493231790791173 La Petite Olga

    haha such fun photos!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12831866973563182193 rhyajw

    Girl, your layers are ridiculous. Love them.

    Jolie Ma Cherie

  • http://www.blog.thekinas.com Bettina

    Your tutorials are always so funny and useful! Love the entire outfit, especially those lovely Chanel booties! They are to die for!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    beautiful heels!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16648998828100677713 Nina Papaioannou

    What a lovely post !!! I enjoyed reading ( so funny, no offense ) and I enjoyed watching !!! That is how you work effortless chic sugar color layering!!! I will definitely, try it!!! I need this pants to start!!!
    XOXO
    Nina
    http://trendsurvivor.com/
    http://trendsurvivor.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05727126863056675120 JO

    Perfect Acne jacket! You're the best ♥

    http://callme-jo.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07818207666453338935 Kate

    can I just say that IS the jacket of our collective dreams. Awesome blossom.

  • Anonymous

    THE QUEEN OF LAYERING
    CONGRATS ON YET ANOTHER PERFECT POST

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15664502134805475932 Her Persona
  • http://www.pattyandlo.com pattyandlo

    I really like the jacket – I am always into a cropped jacket with a longer shirt underneath. V cool

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16859549597148443067 flowercake

    the peplum skirt makes the whole outfit just adorablee

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09383840833706569858 Ella

    the lavender and mint look so good together!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00871124968347245332 Irina Bugai

    Your the MASTER of layering! Bravo!
    http://violetcatstyle.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10390844332836603223 FASHIONFED

    This lesson was so perfect! Such a genius in layering!

    http://www.2fashionfed.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08729012682627436430 Becca

    Haha always makes me laugh. And thank you, you are a layering genius!

    http://anthologycollection.blogspot.com.au/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06255149183642075809 D.

    Those shoes are AMAZING! Love the pastels.

    xx,
    donyel

    http://mademoisellemeese.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04472611731504988037 josephina

    Love the color of your jacket!

    http://josephinacollection.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02173453161137562316 Jannine

    you aced it again! i loved the silk wonder-pants!

    i love me some pastel repellah!♥♥
    :)
    XO Jannine
    http://FashionistArg.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04154804645701029618 Lotus Blossom Design

    Beautiful layering all the while making me giggle! That jacket is do die for.
    XO

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00727349527279091309 Mey Feng

    Lovely and sutil, like it <3

    http://everysundays.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04279567464751008383 Ines Naouali

    HA you're just so good at what you do, naturally. I love it! You're such a dork. x

    Bisous,
    Ines

    http://bisousofbliss.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04342936332760345761 by: annie

    ooh didn't see that skirt coming at the very end! my favorite pastel right now is icy icy green: http://www.happyasannie.com/2012/03/pale-patrick-part-1/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16603701673468071750 LRB

    You make it look so easy and like common sense.

    http://www.littleredbook-thatshaute.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09547386389107730210 Kesly

    I heart your ACNE jacket! It's so cute :3
    Oh, and I love pastels for this season!

    http://panda-fashionista.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15901568084463124376 matchalattewardrobe

    Will definitely try to use this as a massive spring source of inspiration.

    http://matchalattewardrobe.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06065174116516131346 Valeriya

    You r gorgeous!) Awesome looks!

    http://www.lazyheelsblog.com/

  • Soy mi Personal Shopper

    Creo que no he encontrado aún ningún blog tan original y divertido como el tuyo donde podemos encontrar clases magistrales de combinar prendas de diferentes estilos y, sobre todo, de cómo realizar superposiciones. ¡Enhorabuena, me gusta mucho tu blog y tu imaginación! Un saludo

    http://www.soymipersonalshopper.com

  • http://www.delirious.blogg.no Delirious

    I simply adore the collar of this Acne jacket. And you of course are as awkwardly adorable as always.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00755411919932479925 Borjana

    Oh my Lord!Is that jacket perfect or what?!;)
    xx
    B.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16205140699324329081 cyeoms

    the rita jacket!! my dreamm… if i had it i would just go around wearing that and ONLY a nude unitard so that my outfit would not take any attention away from how glorious it is.
    x
    CRYSTAL

  • http://hannasroom.com Hanna

    Love it! You!
    :)
    Hanna

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07874780103112456765 Katherine

    Love the layering! Such pretty colors!
    -Katherine
    http://fashionablyawkwardr.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15956618741805443020 Suse

    the colors of the denim shirt and the jacket are great!
    just bought some shoes in mint green….I love pastel colours! :)
    xxx
    suse

    vintageously.blogspot.com

  • http://thekirbybee.blogspot.com.au/ Kirby

    that acne leather jacket is the tits, I'd commit crimes to own that!

    http://thekirbybee.blogspot.com.au/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06316819515402078933 Gypsy Luster

    You're hilarious!!! I love it!

    Andee

    http://gypsyluster.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.dressedwell.co.uk Designer Clothing Online

    Great lesson in layering!Loving the pastels too!!

    Mens Clothing Online

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05622310789324378730 Girl with the skull scarf

    Loving this layering and the colours !!

    http://girlwiththeskullscarf.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05555716734084058815 ~Cleo~
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02853753997297949718 dictionary_of_fashion
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18152823130336412987 soopark

    I learn so much about layering from you

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13787985862439942270 EYECANDYSTYLE

    You are such a crazy cool, little woman!I just have to follow your blog!
    It is a great entertainment for me from now:)))))

    Hugs eyecandy

  • Frédérique

    I love your style, I would definitly wear ALL the things you are posting. Especially this one, I'm like dying in front of my screen since the layering is amazingly done and the colors are so sweet.

  • Peng Wang
  • Grace

    obsessssssed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003290645166 Penny Wood

    I am so incredibly jealous of your shoes!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/LolaandSophie LolaandSophie

    Despite the layers….we think your A.L.C. tank is all you need!

    http://www.facebook.com/lolaaandsophie.com
    http://www.lolaandsophie.com
     

  • http://www.growfastdigital.com/ Growfastdigital
  • http://twitter.com/PurelyApp Purely Fashion

    We love how you layer – but the shoes make it work for us!

    http://www.purelyapp.com/

  • Pilar Ma

    Horrible.

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