Wearing Pastels is our ‘Style not Age’ challenge this month and that is, indeed, a challenge for me, because regular readers know that I do not have many pastels in my wardrobe. However, I do like pastel colours when I think of decor and houses.

I normally associate pastels with babies (think baby blue and baby pink) or marshmallows.

According to Wikipedia:

“The colours of this family are usually described as “soothing”, “soft”, “near neutral“, “milky”, “washed out”, “de-saturated”, and lacking strong chromatic content. Pinkmauve, and baby blue are commonly used pastel colours, as well as magic mint, periwinkle and lavender.”

You may remember I had my colours analysed by Maria Macklin (House of Colour) and the colours that suit me are as far away from pastels as humanly possible. I am a warm AUTUMN, so think gold, browns, certain greens, russet, mustard etc. I have always been drawn to these colours anyway, but the analysis gave me a colour palette that takes the guesswork out of shopping. Below you can see my very best palette.

Of course, I do have some pastels in my wardrobe and so I shopped it for this challenge.  I bought this candy-coloured kimono type coat in Penneys/Primark last year. It was reduced to €9. This is its first airing!

I love this paisley-patterned dress bought years ago in Paula’s Malahide.  The colours are quite muted, so they fit in very well with the pastel theme. The shift style is just so easy to wear and the cute neck piece came with it.  I usually wear it with heels, but this time went more casual with light pink runners.

What is going on with my hair in this photo?

I did use a stronger lippy to contrast with the pastels and I think it worked.

You are probably wondering about the backdrop for the photos. Graham and I were away for a night in Bangor in Northern Ireland and stayed in the most amazing B&B called The Cairn Bay Lodge. I just loved the colours in the bathroom. Don’t worry, I will do a full post about our stay very soon.

And so to my friends:

Anna from annasislandstyle

Anna loves bright colours and you usually see her in something strong and bright with maybe some colour-clashing thrown in for good measure. My theme last month caused her a few headaches and she thought pastels would also be challenging, but look at that coat. She is like a  shimmering mermaid emerging from the waves. Hop over to her post to see what is going on.

Jacqui from mummabstylish

Jacqui looks very pretty in her pastels: pink jeans from Next, cream top from Matalan and a green Eva Trends long line cardigan. Another back view, so you need to visit her page.

Emma from stylesplash

Emma chose this month’s theme and so we let you see her face in a side-on pose.

How elegant does she look? Her top is from M&S outlet, trousers from Mango, bag is by Suzy Smith (really old) and she made the rose quartz bracelet.

So, are you a fan of pastels? Or do you prefer them on your walls like me!

Apologies to my e mail subscribers who got a half-baked post yesterday. The gremlins were messing! Here is the full post.

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Hilda x